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.