In Oyedepo’s Church, graduate pastors receive N38,000 as salary — Another pastor laments
One of the 40 pastors who were recently dismissed by Bishop David Oyedepo's Living Faith Church, has revealed what the salary scale of young pastors looks like.
The pastor who craved to speak on condition of anonymity explained that the gross salary of a graduate is N53,000.
However, the church pays N38,000 with the excuse that the remaining balance was meant for pension and housing allowance.
According to SaharaReporters, the victim noted that the money deducted for pensions was not even remitted to their bank accounts until their sack and outrage went viral.
"Oyedepo and his senior Pastors knew they would sack us before employing us. That was why they gave us employment on probation. Someone went online to post lies in support of the church that the recently sacked pastors were being paid N80,000 and house rent of N150,000.
"I will just say a little here; no employed pastor was paid N80,000 in the church. The highest salary is for degree holders which is N53,000 and, this N53,000 is not the net salary at the end of the month. The pastor will only receive N38,000 at the end of the month; N6,000 goes to the pension account and N9,000 goes to the house rent account.
"It is very funny that the pastors, we honoured, could keep the money they removed from our salaries in their personal bank accounts for long without paying into our pension accounts. It was when they sacked us that they started paying into the pension accounts. Imagine that," he said.
The victim's comment was a follow-up to the revelation made by Peter Godwin, a former pastor of the church who was the first to lament their dismissal for not generating enough money in the Winners' Chapel branch.
Godwin, who was employed on the 28th of August 2020, disclosed in a trending video that about 40 colleagues were invited by the state pastor on July 1, 2021 where dismissal letters were issued over low income in their branches.
He noted, "Actually, by the special grace of God, our father in this great assembly, Living Faith Church received a mandate from the Lord to plant 10,000 churches in Nigeria and by the special grace of God, I was privileged to be one of the pastors that were employed on the 28th of August, 2020, that was last year.
"So after that, I started working, engaging myself in the work of the Lord. I tried my possible best to make sure I win souls for Christ but unfortunately, on the 1st of July, I received a call that the state pastor wants to see me, so I thought I was the only one. I was surprised, so I went to his office.
"When I got there, I saw other pastors too, over 40 of them, so I joined them. A few minutes later, we were issued a letter. I opened the content of the letter to see what was there and I saw that it was a sack letter."