Tuesday, August 19, 2008

LifeWay Research 2008 Church Compensation Study: Pastor Raises Beat Inflation ... Barely

Saw this new article by Mark Kelly on LifeWay.com ...

Inflation didn’t eat away all of the average Southern Baptist pastor’s pay increase over the past two years, but it came close – and churches may have a more difficult time keeping staff members ahead of inflation in 2008.

That’s one finding of the SBC Church Compensation Study, a survey of 12,854 staff positions in Southern Baptist churches. The survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, in cooperation with GuideStone Financial Resources and Baptist state conventions through July 1, 2008.

The study also found that almost two-thirds of churches are partially or fully paying for their full-time senior pastor to have medical insurance and that compensation can vary significantly depending on geography, worship attendance and the pastor’s experience and education.

All the data acquired by the study has been compiled into a Web-based tool that will help churches as they begin planning staff compensation packages for their 2009 budgets.

Read the whole article including commentary by Guidestone's O. S. Hawkins and LifeWay Research's Ed Stetzer.

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