The debate on whether pastors should be wealthy is as old as religion itself. There is a consensus that pastors ought to live a moderate life devoid of worldly pleasures so that they set a good example for their flock. It is perceived that spiritual and material wealth can never go hand in hand for Christians, a belief that real wealth is to be found in heaven.
That notwithstanding, it is not true to say that wealth can get in the way of pastors doing their job. Some wealthy pastors are righteous and set an excellent example for their flock. There are also wealthy pastors whose character is questionable and thus cannot be trusted to lead their congregation to spiritual nourishment. In the same way, some poor pastors are righteous, while others are not. Do you know the top 15 richest pastors in the world?
There is a lot of money in the church, which explains why a majority of pastors can afford to drive the best cars and live in palatial mansions. Locally, it is always a question of who is the richest pastor in Kenya as we see the men of God show off their extravagant lifestyles. We have seen the likes of Dr Owuor accorded presidential treatment with state security in his functions just because of money.
Many of the richest pastors started from the bottom and accumulated wealth as their churches expanded. The richest churches are characterized by huge buildings and televised services that attract huge viewership. Here is a list of the top 15 richest pastors in the world: