1.8 Million Reasons

Parishioners of these mega-churches, when will enough be enough?

Jon Gray does not under any circumstances deserve to live in a 1.8 million dollar home unless he purchased it himself.



Salaries for Clergy:

It took me a while to understand why the clergy had to be paid. I had finally come to a place of acceptance realizing that many clergies pour their hearts and souls into the message they deliver on Sunday, and the other countless amounts they do during the week in preparing.

Personally, I feel the CEO of the church should live a modestly simple lifestyle. Meaning, I don’t think the pastor should be struggling, but I also don’t think the pastor should be living like a pro athlete or a celebrity.

Some will make the argument that this is God’s will. That’s where the message gets convoluted. The Bible portrays Jesus as a man of modest means, he was a carpenter. Modest means should be the standard for someone delivering the word of Christ.


Lambo First Lady:

When you have the First Lady of the church driving a Lamborghini, it’s hard to defend that. So while this may be okay with some of you, this isn’t okay with me.

No to mention recent allegations of infidelity, which happens a lot in the search. I never understood how and why so much faith was put into the people delivering the word, without holding them to the highest of standards.


Not my Church:

So, as I think back to MLK JR., and the long successive line of clergy that has lifted the black church up, as well as its provisioners, I’m going to have to vote No on these mega-churches and the high salaries and fringe benefits that they pay their CEO’s.

I’m 100% positive that we are going to disagree on my take. That said, I’m okay with agreeing to disagree.

Author: Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.