Reader did we not learn anything from Jim and Tammy Baker in the '80s? I must say this new trend is crazy and it's flat-out UNETHICAL. You got 81% of megachurches saying that they have "knowledge about specific salaries known ONLY by board members, a subcommittee of the board, or by senior staff."
What I found most disturbing about these ministries is the natural right for a pastor's son or close family member to succeed him as head pastor upon retirement. You trying to tell me there is not a single ordinary congregant who is not anointed to take over the top position? These are private estates, creating wealth for their respective families, not for extending the kingdom of God. One would swear we back in medieval age when the kings divine right to rule was the order of the day, and all just had to accept that's how things were.
Anyhow, for every $1 of annual increase in church-wide giving per attendee, the average executive level annual salary increased by $15.49. But in most cases the church members are not allowed to know how much those salaries are-even though they're PAYING those salaries.
Why in the world would anyone put up with this fraudulent mess for one single second is beyond me. It's a total set-up for greed, exploitation and financial mismanagement.