Work without pay has rewards, Mormon leaders say

Colorado Springs - Every few months, it seems, a controversy erupts over pastors’ paychecks.

The latest occurred June 29, when the Rev. Brad Braxton of the evangelical Riverside Church in New York resigned after some congregants filed a motion to prevent him from being officially installed as senior pastor. The outcry was driven primarily by reports that Braxton’s salary was more than $600,000 a year.

But even as more megachurch pastors slip into the six- and seven-figure yearly pay bracket, one Christian denomination soldiers on with its zero-compensation policy for most of its leaders: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We work from sheer conviction,” said Mark McConkie, president of the Colorado Springs Stake of the Mormon Church.

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