Re: Sec 107 - exemption for minister housing - unconsitutio
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:36 pm
The Observer wrote:....And the history of this is quite plain in rural areas in the Midwest and the South. Most Christian churches in these areas during the 19th and 20th centuries (and even today) had small congegrations and their income base was equally small. Their ability to pay a pastor/minister a "living wage" was a challenge; in fact some churches had to rely on a "circuit-rider" system and shared a pastor to be able to provide some sort of reasonable income.....
I can confirm that. My grandfather was a Methodist minister in the Deep South many years ago, and several members of my family (I'm talking four or five great-grand uncles, etc.) were Methodist or Baptist ministers in the South back in the early 1900s. I can tell you that NONE of them ever made a lot of money preaching the Gospel. At least one of them was a circuit rider, if I recall correctly from family history materials I've read.
I remember being told by my father that during the Great Depression, my grandfather was often paid "in kind" by members of the congregation -- i.e., this member paid him with potatoes, that member with some rice, etc., another with some tomatoes -- whatever each church member had readily available from his own farm or back yard garden.