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Who Will Answer?

Even though this post isn’t about business, per se, I believe that the core question posed by Ed Ames is answered in the person of Jesus Christ. Written in the 60’s, it remains relevant over 50 years later. Our political and business problems will *not* be solved by our politicians in either political party. They will only be solved when Christians – those who claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ – faithfully practice 2 Chronicles 7.14. I’m not speaking/writing to those who have different religious beliefs than mine. I’m not suggesting that people who don’t believe the way I do need to change their beliefs in order for our country and our world to be radically changed for the better. I’m speaking *only* to those who *already* claim to believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah – whether Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish or otherwise.

Here are the lyrics from Ed Ames:

From the canyons of the mind
We wander on and stumble blindly
Through the often tangled maze
Of starless nights and sunless days
While asking for some kind of clue
Or road to lead us to the truth
But who will answer

Side by side two people stand
Together vowing, hand in hand
That love`s imbedded in their hearts
But soon an empty feeling starts
To overwhelm their hollow lives
And when we seek the hows and whys
Who will answer

On a strange and distant hill
A young man`s lying very still
His arms will never hold his child
Because a bullet running wild
Has cut him down

And now we cry, Dear God
Oh,why, oh, why
But who will answer

High upon a lonely ledge
A figure teeters near the edge
And jeering crowds collect below
To egg him on with, go, man, go
But who will ask what led him
To his private day of doom
And who will answer

If the soul is darkened
By a fear it cannot name
If the mind is baffled when
The rules don`t fit the game
Who will answer, who will answer
Who will answer

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah

In the rooms of dark and shades
The scent of sandalwood pervades
The colored thoughts in muddled heads
Reclining in rumpled beds of
Unmade dreams that can`t come true
And when we ask what we should do
Who, who will answer

Neath the spreading mushroom tree
The world revolves in apathy
As overhead, a row of specks
Roars on, drowned out by discotheques
And if a secret button`s pressed
Because one man has been outguessed
Who will answer

Is our hope in walnut shells
Worn round the neck with temple bells
Or deep within some cloistered walls
Where hooded figures pray in halls
Or crumbled books on dusty shelves
Or in our stars, or in ourselves
Who will answer

If the soul is darkened
By a fear it cannot name
If the mind is baffled when
The rules don`t fit the game
Who will answer, who will answer
Who will answer

Five Things You Will Learn About Yourself and/or Others When Downsizing or Reorganizing a Business

Downsizing or reorganizing a business is usually a stressful time for everyone involved. During these stressful times, you get to see sides of people that you normally don’t see. It’s understandable, really. Highly stressful situations bring out a person’s base instincts and beliefs. If you can hold part of yourself in reserve, you can also learn about yourself and how the process of making difficult decisions expresses itself through yourself. You can grow to be a better leader by simply observing yourself and others, tucking away your experiences for the future. Over the last several years, I’ve see the following patterns enough times to suggest that if you’re ever in a situation where you are charged with leading a downsizing or reorganizing effort, you’ll likely encounter these five things within which you can learn about yourself and others.

First, for those who are directly impacted by your decision(s), you’ll learn what is in their heart and yours. Money and justice are likely to be core themes. You’ll find that those who have a genuine walk with God will not worry so much about money. They know that God will meet their needs. Others don’t have this knowledge or assurance. It’s sad, really, to watch this play out. For myself, there are so many things that are more important than money, but I’m not like most people. Don’t get me wrong – money is important. But in the end, it’s just money. It represents ability to purchase goods and services, true. But it’s just money. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He knows when the sparrow falls. And he knows what we need and He has promised to meet our needs. It is in Him that we live and move and have our being. It’s just money.

From the justice angle, you’ll find that under-performing people who are affected by your decision(s) may claim an injustice in one or more several ways: A) they will remind you of their loyalty to you, B) they will remind you of how much they have sacrificed for you and the organization, C) they will essentially blame you for the poor results of their work and/or D) they will accuse you of being malicious in some way – either you’re out of touch or you’re mean or you’re unethical or something else like this. But ultimately, you’ll be accused of being unjust or unfair in some way. You need to manage yourself before, during and after the stressful event in ways that ensure you can stand before God and honestly say that you have handled yourself as best you could, with as much honesty and integrity as possible. This knowledge will give you what you need to keep going.

Secondly, you’ll see their personal dysfunction, if any, in the ways they communicate and act during the downsizing. Some of your own dysfunction may come through as well. It is never pretty. Some are able to see downsizing decisions within the larger context of what’s happening to the organization. Most cannot. For those in the former group, they will see the downsizing effort as separate and distinct from their performance. Those in the latter group will personalize it and a few might retaliate through legal action, which brings me to my third point.

Thirdly, because of the threat of legal action, you’ll find that you might be cut off from engaging in full communication with your staff. What you say today can have *legal* implications months or years later. What you’ll learn about yourself is whether or not you can work in a position that requires constant self-editing. Not everyone can. As a business owner or leader, you’ll need to be careful what you say, when you say it and to whom. And if there is under-performance, you need to document it and demonstrate that remedial efforts were unsuccessful.

Fourthly, you’ll learn where your priorities are and what your emotional needs are. Here, I’m referring to the tension between a legitimate need to be liked and the need to place the organizations’ needs ahead of any one individuals’ needs. Can you handle being misunderstood by people whom you genuinely like and admire? Can you handle it when people with whom you’ve had a good relationship turn against you or even grow to seriously disrespect and/or hate you? Can you handle people speaking falsely and negatively about you to others – souring their view of your person and work? As a leader, it will happen during these stressful events.

Lastly, you’ll learn who departs well and who doesn’t. You’ll find you respect those who depart well and you’ll be glad to be rid of those who don’t. You’ll find the summation of these experiences will influence your thinking and decision-making in future hires. For example, I recently interviewed a candidate for a position in my company. I ended the interview after 20 minutes and reported back to the referring individual that while the candidate was highly talented and obviously could do a lot of good for my company – especially in terms of revenue generation – I also discerned that this candidate didn’t know how to work in a team where this candidate might not get his/her way all the time. In the short run, this candidate would help us a great deal, but over time, I knew this would hurt my company because of my experience trying to work with people who are “islands”. Over the long haul, the good that they bring to the table is outweighed by the negatives that they infuse into the organization. I’ve seen it enough that I avoid these types of candidates. People like this never depart well. And they *always* sour others on their way out of the organization.

To lead is to decide and to decide – sometimes – is to alienate. Business ownership is not for everyone. I personally enjoy it – even during the tough times. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than what I’m doing today. But leading a business has required more out of me than what I’ve ever though I could deliver. Good leadership is more about who you are than what you do. If you ever need to lead an organization during a downturn or a redirection, you might want to consider keeping these five points in mind.

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp

Curses and Blessings

One of the most under-taught Biblical topics in evangelical circles is that of curses and blessings. Most evangelicals (I put myself in this camp) don’t think much about curses, if they are real, or what their effects are (if any) on the average person. I suspect that many western Evangelicals point to Galatians 3 “…Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” as a text that teaches us to minimize or almost-ignore the role of curses in our lives. Perhaps we believe that curses are for the ignorant who play with voodoo dolls and so we relegate them to the unlearned in outback African cultures. Sure, we all want to be blessed, but curses? Sounds like something out of the dark ages.

Yet God introduced curses in Genesis 3 and removed them in Revelation 22. So I ask: Do you know what the Bible teaches about blessings and curses? If you’re a business owner, do you have any idea on how they impact your business and your ability to steward your business faithfully before God?

A Dispensation of Blessings and Curses

As I just mentioned, after Adam and Eve sinned, God introduced curses on the woman, the man, the serpent and the ground. And in Revelation 22, we learn that in the future, “…no longer will there be any curse”. It seems safe to say that we live in a dispensation of curses. This is why, I think, when Moses was in his last days, he spent some of his energy instructing the people of Israel on how their actions could bring upon themselves God’s blessing and His curses (Deut. 28). I believe that blessings and curses are still at work in our present age. So that you know where I’m coming from, I’ll deal with the Galatians 3 passage first:

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—  so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

It is true that part of Christ’s redemption was to “become a curse for us”. His redemption – fully effective – redeemed us from the curse of an eternal death for our sins and being condemned by the Old Testament law. But the passage doesn’t say that all curses have ended for those of us who are in Christ. The curse of the law was placed on Christ, but it seems to me that it would be poor exegesis to conclude that *all* curses were placed on Christ when He was on the cross. Indeed, if this were true, it would seem to me that Revelation 22.3 would be both redundant and anti-climatic: “There will no longer be any curse.” Hence, it seems to me that curses and blessings continue until the future point when God destroys all that is and creates a new heaven and earth.

What is a Curse?

A curse, in the Hebrew way of thinking, is a “lessening” or a “diminishing” from that which one should have or achieve. It refers to both quality and station. They are insidious (as opposed to acute), persistent and they place the trajectory of the one upon whom they rest in decline until the recipient is fully ruined. Curses are incurred as a result of one’s sinful action and/or wrong beliefs. Initially, they are never a proximate cause to one’s actions – they are always a result. But the result itself becomes a hindrance or “drag” on future efforts to succeed or achieve. Curses hinder and confuse, they cause one to work harder and harder to achieve less and less. Curses are quiet, background (perhaps contextual?) operators – they have their effect, quietly working behind the scenes to destroy the individual. They will sap one’s strength, time, energy, hope and enjoyment of life. And they do so entirely “off the radar” screen. Much like the proverbial frog in the frying pan, they are not noticed by the individual upon whom they are working until it is too late. Complete destruction is their ultimate end.

This thought is captured in Deuteronomy 28.2 and 28.15: “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God” and “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” The pivotal word that is translated “overtake” is the one in question: it means to “catch up with and pass while travelling in the same direction”. Either blessings or curses can overtake us – their trajectory is dependent on our words and actions.

The core passages that I’ll refer to in this post are Deuteronomy 27 and 28, Galatians 3 and a few other short texts.

Two Types of Curses

In the Scriptures, there seem to be some curses that are global and others that are more localized. While all curses are a result of individual actions, some curses are applied to everyone while others are applied only to the individual who committed the act. For example, when Adam and Eve sinned, their actions caused God to curse the serpent, the woman in child-bearing, the man and his work and the ground that would be worked. Their sin cause a curse to be placed on all human beings who would live after them. Other curses, however, are specific to the individual. For example, in Exodus 21.17, we read that a person who curses his father or mother should be put to death.

In the Hebrew, there are two core words that we translate “curse” and a third that is a variant. Each one has its’ own meaning. You can see that there are a number of words that are translated “curse” at one time or another, but the two that make up over 50% of the translations are the one’s I’m concerned with in this post:

קלל (qalal)

This word means to consider another to be light, small, contemptible, insignificant. To declare cursed, to belittle, to sharpen or to shake. It is the opposite of encouragement and goodwill. It can also be the invoking of divine harm under certain conditions, with a focus on the content of the oath. There are a number of passages that use this word. Most of them describe one person cursing another. Here are three examples:

Genesis 3.23:

And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Exodus 21.17:

He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

1 Samuel 17.43:

The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

These passages show one person cursing another – diminishing them in a mean-spirited way or binding upon the other person a curse within the content of an oath. This is not Godly behavior nor does it come from a heart that is close to God. Even as Christians in business, we are told to love our enemies and to never hate (since hate is the rood of murder (cf. Matthew 5)). When we diminish another person with our words or actions – when we cause them to considered light, small, contemptible or insignificant, we are essentially cursing them in the Qalal sense. As Christians in business, we can diminish our stewardship effectiveness by engaging in this type of cursing. I believe that if we do this enough, it rebounds on us, causing our work to become more and more difficult while we achieve less and less.

אָרַר

This word means cover with misfortune, to bind with a curse or to put one’s self or another under a curse. It is declarative in nature. All of the curses in Deuteronomy 27 and 28 use this word. It is the same word in Jeremiah 17.5, where he writes:

5 Thus says the LORD,
Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
8 For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.

Take a hard look at Jeremiah 17.5: “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” How many times to we tell people to “believe in yourself and you can do anything!” What a lie. What a complete pile of rubbish. We can’t do anything we want. We just can’t. And more to the point, when a person trusts in themselves for success rather than the Lord, they bring upon themselves a curse that will cause them diminishing results for their efforts. Now, you might say – “but what about men and women who clearly were very successful and yet trusted entirely in themselves and not in God? Most CEOs don’t trust in God. Donald Trump doesn’t trust in God. Martha Stewart doesn’t trust in God. Most professional athletes don’t trust in God. Most successful politicians have little trust in God. How can they be under a curse and yet achieve such huge successes?”

That’s a great question. The answer is simple: the success you see in them is still diminished – their success could have been much greater had they trusted in the Lord. And here’s the important part – under God’s direction and control, their successes might have been entirely different and more significant to the Kingdom of God. We American Evangelicals have such a western view of the world. Financial success is not the pinnacle of success! In fact, the Scriptures make it abundantly clear that it is more important to pursue and gain wisdom, understanding, discretion, knowledge, insight and righteousness (Proverbs 2). Those things are far more important to pursue and gain than financial success.

This same word is used twice in Malachi, where the prophet curses His own people because they are robbing God by not giving the entire tithe (Mal 3.9):

9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

Notice that in both Jeremiah and Malachi, the curses are attached to actions but so are the corresponding blessings. Not always, but often, passages that deal with curses also deal with blessings. If we commit certain actions, we will bring upon ourselves a curse but if we commit other actions, we will bring upon ourselves a blessing. It is important to note two things in conjunction with this:

  1. Actions always indicate heart attitude. I can’t discern fully what you believe and value by your words, but I can certainly discern fully what you believe and value by your actions.
  2. Blessings and curses are not formulas to success. Your heart matters in all of this. What you love – who you love – will come through in your actions.

In Malachi, we are cursed when we don’t tithe. God expects us to take care of his house first, then take care of our house. And if we will do this – take care of His house first – He promises to send on us a blessing which is so large that we can’t contain it! Who would have thought that tithing would positively affect profits in our businesses – yet it is true.

Here’s the irony: you can’t trust in yourself to pursue and gain something like Godly wisdom or insight or righteousness. Those things are not attained except through a relationship with Christ. In fact, trusting in yourself for success is the hallmark of a journey of that turns one away from God – which is why the last part of 17.5 says “….whose heart turns away from the Lord”. You can’t trust in yourself without also turning away from God. Only one king can be on the throne. When you put yourself on the throne, you are putting yourself under a curse.

One other thought in this section: when you put yourself under a curse, you are adding to the other curses God placed on creation after Adam and Eve sinned. It’s not as if those curses are abated – they persist as well. I would submit that even our blessings are diminished by the general curse under which all of creation groans. So, what follows here is a matrix/summary of Biblical curses – all of which we brought onto ourselves, either as individuals or because we are part of mankind:

Action Who Curse Reference
Original sin Serpent Curses more intensely than all the other animals; Crawl on his belly all the days of his life Genesis 3.14
Original sin Satan Emnity between his seed and the woman’s seed; his head would be “bruised” by the woman’s seed Genesis 3.15
Original sin Woman Significant increase in pain in childbearing; she will desire a close relationship with her husband but he will rule harshly over her Genesis 3.16
Original sin Man Work will require far more effort to produce a minimal sustenance; death will come to all mankind Genesis 3.17-19
Anger, murder, wrath and animal abuse Simeon and Levi Dispersed and scattered from their family Genesis 49.7
Making an idol to worship Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.15
Dishonor your father or mother Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.16
Stealing land from your neighbor Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.17
Misleading vulnerable people Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.18
Distorting justice for vulnerable people Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.19
Familial Incest Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.20 & 22-23
Bestiality Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.21
Take advantage of others without their knowledge Everyone Not stated Deut. 27. 24
Participating in bribery Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.25
Disobedience to God Everyone Not stated Deut. 27.26
Trusting in yourself Everyone Not stated Jeremiah 17.5
Not stewarding well that which God has given to you Everyone Not stated Jeremiah 48.10
Not delivering justice when it is your duty to do so Everyone Not stated Jeremiah 48.10
Not fulfilling your vows Everyone Not stated Malachi 1.14
Not honoring the Name of the Lord Everyone Not stated Malachi 2.14
Not giving God the full tithe Everyone Not stated Malachi 3.9

 

Curses and blessings, in Deuteronomy 28, are applied in different parts of our lives. The following is the blessings portion from Deuteronomy 28. 2-14:

All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God:

    3    “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

    4    “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.

    5    “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

    6    “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

    7    “The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.

    8    “The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

    9    “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

    10    “So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will be afraid of you.

    11    “The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

    12    “The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

    13    “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully,

    14    and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

 

The core meaning is that the blessings (or curses if you were to read the latter parts of Deuteronomy 28) will be pervasive and persistent. There is breadth and depth to them. They infuse every aspect of our lives and impact all that we do. And this is all because of our obedience to God’s commands.

Application

I wrote this post because I believe that Christian business owners have a unique stewardship responsibility before the Lord. Our effectiveness in fulfilling that responsibility is directly dependent on our personal holiness and our faithfulness to obeying Christ and His commands. This isn’t a legalistic thing. Instead, it is a heart thing. If our hearts are right with the Lord, we’ll want to tithe and esteem even our enemies. But if we live in sin – even if it’s only in our private lives – that will bring curses on us and our businesses, making it much more difficult to fulfill God’s purposes for why He called us into business in the first place.

God doesn’t expect the unsaved to lead holy lives. They can’t help it, really, because they are not regenerated by the Holy Spirit. But He does expect this from us because we have new nature as a result of the Spirit’s work in our lives. If your business is struggling, I’ll suggest that you get on your knees before the Lord and ask Him if your actions have brought on yourself and your business curses that are diminishing your profitability and effectiveness. Read through the Bible, noting the actions that bring about blessings or curses and then let the Bible shine a strong light into your life so that you can rid yourself of sin through confession and repentance. Take time to “clean out” your life and to have the Spirit “fill” in the vacuum after the cleaning. Stay faithful to God and you will find, in time, that your efforts to produce will be enhanced and strengthened. You’ll find that your business will become more profitable – not because of a prosperity gospel – but because you’re transitioning from living under curses to living under blessings.

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp

Compensation: What is a Person’s Work Worth?

In the Wall Street Journal today, there is an article that indicates progress is being made on tying a CEO’s compensation package to the performance of the company s/he is leading. The article states, in part:

“When companies exceed expectations or outpace rivals, CEOs are reaping bigger-than-projected rewards. But when financial results or stock-market returns fall short, executives lose much of their potential pay. In most cases, CEOs have been clearing the hurdles erected by corporate directors: Nearly two-thirds of corporate chiefs met or exceeded performance goals attached to stock grants they were given between 2008 and 2010, according to a study by pay researcher Equilar Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. The goals most commonly are tied to a company’s financial results or stock-market returns over a three-year period.”

This got me to thinking about what the Bible has to say about compensation. The act of connecting one’s compensation to the quality of their performance is illustrated numerous times in the Bible. In the Old Testament, we see examples of those who became rich through the buying, selling and growing of their flocks: Lot, Job and Abraham come to mind. Presumably, their work had enough quality that they were able to create significant wealth. By the same token, the early church was supported by those who were successful in business. Had those early church business owners not been successful, they would not have had the wealth to share with those in need. In the New Testament, the parable of the talents illustrates a clear connection between compensation and job performance. The two servants who earned a profit for the master were given much more in compensation than they ever thought possible, while the one who didn’t produce a profit was punished. In all of these examples, their compensation – what they received in exchange for doing work – was tied to the quality and the positive outcomes of their work.

In American today, segments of our society resist having their compensation tied to performance. This is an unbiblical trend. For example, some unions ensure their members do not have their compensation packages tied to their performance and efforts to make adjustments in this direction have been consistently resisted. When compensation is disconnected from the outcomes of one’s work, everyone suffers. Generally speaking, top performers will prefer to have more control over their compensation by working in an environment where there is a clear connection between the quality of their work and their pay. Under-performing individuals will naturally desire a non-negotiable compensation package so that there is certainty in their paychecks even when they deliver uncertain work quality to their employer.

Within the Christian community, there is a consistent belief that those in full-time vocational ministry should be paid less than others rather than connecting their compensation to their performance. I don’t know where this thinking comes from, frankly. A loaf of bread costs the pastor the same as it does you and I. You have a mortgage? So does he. Do you pay $4/gallon for gas? So does he. It seems to me that this “poverty” thinking for full-time vocational people is inconsistent with giving “double honor”. So, here are some ways to determine a fair compensation package for those in full-time vocational ministry. I offer these for your consideration:

  1. Find out what a person with similar age, years of education, years of experience and level of responsibility makes in your community and build the compensation package from that data. You can get most, if not all, of this data from the census bureau.
  2. If it’s a para-church or church organization, you call around to other, similar ministries within a given radius and find out what the candidate’s counterparts earn. Average the numbers and build the compensation package from the average.
  3. If it’s a church, average the elder’s personal salaries and compensation packages they presently earn and pay the pastor that amount.

If everyone in the church is tithing as commanded by the Lord, compensation for those in full-time vocational work should be able to be met using one or more of the ways I’ve outlined above. Where ministries get into trouble is when they don’t have their members giving as they should and the ministry personnel suffer as a result. However, because doing ministry can be, at times, a rather intangible activity that is difficult to measure, it’s understandable that some compensation packages are not directly tied to performance. For example, I wouldn’t want my pastor’s salary to have a bonus structure in which increased attendance was tied to an increased bonus. So in ministry situations, it’s usually best to use one of the methods I’ve described above and seek the mind of the Lord in the process of building the compensation package.

What is a person’s work worth? That depends on numerous factors. What is important to understand, in this post anyways, is that connecting work to compensation with clear, unambiguous measurements that fairly reflect the quality of work is Biblical in nature and when possible, should be implemented as part of any employee’s compensation package.

Bill English, CEO
Mindsharp