The Mormon Church Has a Lay Ministry

Mormon Prophet Thomas S. MonsonMany people often ask me if Mormon Church leaders, or clergy, are paid for their jobs in the church. The answer is they are not. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a lay ministry, meaning its leaders are not paid for their time and service.

From the highest leaders in the church to the local bishops (pastors) in each congregation, no one is paid for their service. While many church members pay regular tithes and offerings, these funds are used to build meeting houses, construct temples, provide disaster relief and other humanitarian funds, as well as many other things.

In addition to church leaders, many members of each congregation are given assignments to serve. For example, one person may lead the instruction of the children in Sunday School or another person may be in charge of the local youth program. Regardless of the assignment, no one is paid.

Why Don’t Mormon Leaders Receive Pay?

I suppose there are numerous reasons for this. One is the great blessing and reward that comes from serving others, even when no monetary benefit is involved. Serving others is what Jesus taught when he lived on the earth. Leaders of His church in His day, like Peter, didn’t receive pay, so why should we?

Personally, I feel like volunteering my time for whatever task is needed in the church is the least I can do to give back to God for all He’s given me. Great friendships are formed as we serve one another in the gospel of Jesus Christ.