I have been struggling with this issue for a while now. Some Christian organisations I know of practise the policy in which their staff workers are required to raise their own salaries from their own sources, be it from their personal contacts or church.
I confess that I find no rational argument for this practice. In fact, I think this practice is not even biblical because every employer must ensure that the workers are paid the wages due to them, and not the workers pay their own salaries (cf. Col 4:1; James 5:4)!
I believe the popularity of this practice of requiring workers to raise their own salaries comes from organisational leadership that tries at all costs to avoid raising funds themselves, even though fund-raising is universally acknowledged to be a primary responsibility of those in leadership positions or in the board of directors/trustees. I believe that it is the responsibility of the leadership of an organisation to take the lead in raising the funds needed to sustain that organisation, particularly the salaries of the workers, and not the other way around.
How many of us in "secular" employment would want to work for an employer that tells us to raise our own salaries? If the practice of raising one's salary is unheard of in "secular" employment, why is this practised in Christian organisation?
Is this another example of the sacred-secular divide in reality? Are we preaching one thing and practising another? Any thoughts on this?