The leader of Ndola Ministers’ Fellowship has bemoaned the plight of many pastor’s wives after the death of their husbands.

Bible Way Ministries Pastor Barney Mulenga called on the Christian community to put
in place mitigation measures for wives of pastors to answer challenges that arise
after the death of their spouse.

Pastor Mulenga said this during the Pastors Fellowship meeting held today at Ndola
Baptist Church Hall.

He said many wives of pastors live in abject poverty after the death of their clergy
spouses because there were no measures put in place to mitigate the negative
economic impact after the loss of their spouse.

Pastor Mulenga said it was important for clergymen to plan in advance for the
economic survival of their families in the event of death.

He added that many spouses of pastors who were now widows needed a start up capital
to engage in income generating ventures for their survival.

Pastor Mulenga said it was important for the ministers’ fellowship to consider
putting up a fund to address the plight of the surviving spouse.

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  1. It is the duty of a local church to pay its pastor a decent wage. A wage that is consistent with the finantial position of that local church. That is the least they can do

    After that, it becomes the responsibilty of the pastor to take care of his family.

    Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 5 vs 8. This applies to all people including pastors.

    1 Timothy 5:8
    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

    another translation says:
    “But if a man makes no provision for those dependent on him, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is behaving worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5vs8

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  2. Members of the same churches are in the same plight. After death of a bread winner, survivors suffer in similar way. I suppose the church should be looking at survival funds and various projects that should enable people not to in such situations after the demise of a bread winner.

    Therefore the focus should be on every member and not only only on Pastors as is the case. Whether neck of toe, we are all important.

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  3. I think Pastors wives like all other wives should have some sort of money generating business going on and not just sit back and rely on their spouses completely.
    Thats gender empowerment right there, the church can only do so much, and the tithes and offering can only go so far. Not to be harsh or nothing, but life is harsh, should the church then continue to pay for the new pastor and the widow’s living. Most of these churches are small and the money they get is not much to talk about.

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  4. These pastors should have the responsibility to purchase life insurance,.I am sure there are a lot of insurance companies that are offering this service in zed, if not then I better get back and start one.

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    • Have you started doubting God for you to go for Life Insurance. Who will be paying for the policy if you do not have even enough to feed the family. Just embark on Tent making and train them

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  5. Pastors’ wives are just like any other wives who suffer the same poverty after the death of their spouses. There is nothing special about them, they should also be doing work or businesses, the bible says lazy ones should not eat. Not just waiting for their husband ‘Pastor nkaya ku mulu’ income from offertory from the public, which in most cases are abused by the husband pastors before they die.

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    • Please give these people some skills so that they become self reliant rather than giving them food handout it does not help. Every other person is skillful but the challenge is always running to the mountain for prayers insisted of looking at the actual problem

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  6. The other issue is the disease from which these pastors are dying so they can leave widows behind. I know why i’ve said this!

    Some of these issues aren’t even worth considering. Musebanya weka wekw mu ma chalichi.

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    • Understand that God blesses us differently. Any other person reading such a story has a lot of questions to ask. Where is the double double we sing about? that is why even our members do not respect us. Please introduce certain hand craft skills at our various churches ie tailoring, mat weaving and other skills to empower these widows. Not please and I repeat giving them food handout it is not a lasting solution.

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  7. A pastors pay is diferent from any other person because most churches dont have sytematic procedures/policies when it comes to compensating pastors.
    Am sure most churches dont even make the necessary deductions like pension/medical etc that an employer is suppose to deduct.
    On the pastors side,I dont blame them for not leaving an inheritance because when you’re involved in ministry it is hard for a pastor to biuld himself a house and yet he knows that there alot more people out there suffering

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    • It is not the calling that builds house or any other inheritance. The bibles talks about talents and other gifts. Many pastors have just called themselves and this is more the reason why they fail to go back when things becomes hard in life. A good example is Pastor Chikwindi who shoved the eyes and join a security firm to work as a Guard. one thing to learn is that I am a husband and father to my family and not a pastor. Do not hide your head in the calling subjecting your family to pain and then you say I am suffering for Christ. No let us be real

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  8. #7 this is a blog, tell the world what kind of musebanya uwaba mu ma chalichi, that is killing our pastors living widows with no inheritance.We need to know.

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  9. #9…….Look at Danny Pule…2 divorces in 12 months yet he is going for another wife. He might just contract the disease now.

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    • Forget about Pule you have your own to bear. It is each one with his own cross. That is why the bible says first remove what is in your eye then you focus on your friends issue. Pule is having his and God will definitely judge him. What are you doing yourself to support your family

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  10. What??? Pastor Kaya Kumulu Pule is divorcing his younger wife again? Shamu shamula old man Pastor Kaya Kumulu Pule.

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  11. Disappointing as he is to his followers, Pule is just much more open about his affairs than others, and he is a public figure, so his every move is watched. Y’all probably have done worse things. Cast the first stone …

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  12. Well, Ever thought why catholic priests are not allowed to marry? Precisely for the same reasons. Given the proliferation of all these churchs today, No flock would manage to maintain all the widows left by the pastors. As a mitigation measure, I propose that all pastors should have other jobs apart from being preachers. That way they will be able to save for their families after their demise.

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  13. Pastor Pule Kaya Kumulu has got businesses, one of them is called ‘Make A Pledge’ to the church through A/c #……. at ZANACO branch ……. and u will be blessed. God’s love and favour cannot be bribed by anyone and for your information God gives even those who dont even appreciate him, that how immerse God’s love is. So Pastor Kaya Kumulu stop making business out of poor pipo.

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  14. marrying again? than he needs prayers this is why i tell africans abroad that if go to study just study and not try to put your life no JOBED coz when you go back you will still what BLACKS coz the darker the resberry the sweeter the juice so i dont blame him only this time it should be someone of his age.

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  15. He shud lead by example and wat picture is he potraying to the church members change 4 the beta ur an old man who deserves sam respect coz u have destroyed ur dignity.

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  16. pastor pule is not my pastor,but he should be prayed for by every well meaning christian…what happened to DR pule is history as he has since repented and lets allow him to start afresh.falling does not make one a failure but failing to rise from ones fall makes one a failure……….look for more productive issues in 2008.

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  17. A pastor is should be wise enough to think better by employing the bible principles before rushing to try different sexual partners in the name of marriage . Just because one can repent and probably be forgiven doesn’t mean you go on committing sin . What moral message is he sending to his church ? And with the rampant HIV in Zambia , i feel it is disgusting for a so called pastor to be changing wives like pants .
    Enrique
    UK

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