Africa Inland Church (AIC) Nyandarua Region Bishop Stanley Mutuku has called for better remuneration of pastors and church elders to motivate them in their work.
Speaking in Nyahururu over the weekend, the Bishop said many pastors’ marriages had broken after wives walked out of the unions because their men could not provide for the family.
He said many clergy contemplate quitting the calling due to many challenges, among them financial; they face in the course of their work.
He said the work of the church elders was even hard since they have no salary.
He pleaded with the faithful to be motivating the pastors and elders by setting aside days of gifting them as a sign of appreciation.
He said the work of church ministers was made more difficult by people who use their minds to judge the pastors.
He said it was almost becoming normal for pastors to think of giving up due to the many challenges.
“It is almost impossible to find a pastor who has never thought of quitting,” the Bishop said.
He was preaching during a Sunday service at the Nyahururu AIC Church which was also the retirement occasion for elder Simon Kagundu Ngamau and his wife Rose Wambui after being in the church service for over 50 years. Wambui is retiring as chairperson of the Nyandarua Region Area Women’s Committee.
The Bishop said the church is facing a shortage of Sunday school teachers and urged parents to encourage their children to take up the roles.
Bishop Mutuku warned that the church could soon face a serious shortage of elders since many had reached retirement age as compared to the youthful faithful who were joining the church leadership positions.