Earmarking contributions to an unpaid minister in a church
It recently came to my attention that our campus pastor does not get paid. There are other pastors in the organization that do but the lead pastor said the church doesn't have the money to pay him.
Therefore, are allowed to live in area below the church. He works another job to keep his family fed and supply other essential needs. He work day for is non-pastoring job starts at approximately 1 am in the morning and he does not get home until 4 pm that afternoon.
Some of his pastoring requirements is that he also preside over an evening meeting from 7-8:15 pm as required by the lead pastor (on another campus). This means he doesn't get everyone out of the church and locked up until about 8:30 pm, goes home, goes to bed then has to get up about 12:30-1 am.
I think it's wrong that he's not given any monetary compensation for all the work he does for his congregation.
So, I would like to designate my tithe to him and his wife. Would that still be considered a non-taxable deduction? Cuz in my mind, they are missionaries for the lost in their area.
I really appreciate your input and comments. Thank you in advanced.