Why do they receive a paycheck out of what is given by the congregation? Can the leadership not make a living any other way? Do they really serve in such a capacity as they cannot sustain themselves or their families any other way?
Perhaps it’s because of the number of hours a day they make themselves available to minister to those in need within the community. Of course, if others around them were given work to do as Jethro advised Moses to divide the work, there would be more trained workers and less need for one central figure to do the work on payroll. Of course, to divide the work would necessitate either paying those workers too, or not paying the one. And the leadership would never go for that. So the “trained” and educated central figures live off of the backs of those who are willing to give, and the central figures work and serve for profit rather than out of the love for the Gospel and a desire to reach the lost.
OK, to be fair, yes, some serve for noble reasons and it is unfair to lump all church leaders together. However, the laity serves out of love and devotion too and is unpaid. Why the disparity?