"Culturally, it is dishonorable for a pastor in India to work," maintains Kevin White of Global Hope India. So, what happens with churches that can't afford to fully support a pastor? Do those churches close their doors? Or, maybe it's more appropriate to ask, what happens to a pastor and his family when his church can't afford to pay him? Do they starve? On today's Footsteps, Kevin White explains the approach that GHI is taking in teaching Indian pastors the concept of "Business as Missions." But, is that really Biblical? Check out Acts 18:1-3 (CSB):
After this, he left Athens and went to Corinth, where he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul came to them, and since they were of the same occupation, tentmakers by trade, he stayed with them and worked.
So, if it worked for Paul, it should work for pastors in India as well.
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