President of the Jamaica Union Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist
Church, Pastor Everett Brown, has warned his clergy members against
joining the ministry, just to ensure a monthly salary.
“If you interpret your ministry as one that will guarantee you your pay
cheque at the end of the month, pastors, then your ministries will
become a pay cheque ministry,” cautioned Pastor Brown.
“You would be a slave or a servant of the West Jamaica Conference, you
will become a slave to pay cheque, a slave to position, a slave to
recognition, a slave to affirmation for new leaders, colleagues and
members. If those things drive you, then pastoral ministry is not your
On the other hand, he explained that if the pastors see themselves as
messengers of the most high, then their ministries will be rewarding.