[Rant] The last couple of days there’s been some buzz about the salaries of the presidents of some of the larger Christian organizations. Mike Sense started it (he works for Campus Crusade and Common Grounds Online picked up the story as well. The data comes from the Forbes 200 Largest Charities database from 2005.
What’s interesting is that low salaries are almost automatically seen as “better” than the higher ones. Crusade’s Steve Douglass earns $57,466, which is ever so much better than Franklin Graham’s $368,115 from Samaritan’s purse. At CGO the author has “highlighted those who make less that $100,000 as if a six digit income is inherently more laudably than a five digit one. Come on.
I don’t have any earthly idea whether these are high or low salaries. I don’t do these guys jobs. I’ve never seen their contract or their job description. I’m thankful that in the Christian & Missionary Alliance we have a salaries committee of godly people that determine Dr. Benedict’s salary. Good for them and good for him.
My personal opinion, for what it’s worth is that these kind of comparisons only breed envy and help people be judgmental. I don’t mean to point fingers at either Mr. Sense or the guy from CGO but come on guys. If you think they’re paid too much say so. Don’t just dangle the numbers in front of people and see what happens. [/rant]