Is Your Church Paying Fair Salaries?

Church Law & Tax | 9/17/2019 | Staff
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One of the most common questions we get when helping churches manage their employee search relates to compensation. While I wish there was a one-size-fits-all answer for this question, the truth is that every church is unique and needs to answer this question for itself.

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When it comes to salaries, I believe a church compensation structure should strive for three things:

Model generosity. Generous churches are led by generous pastors. Pastors set the tone for the church’s culture of generosity, which means having the ability to generously give. A salary that does not enable someone to tithe, support missionaries, give to those in need, or make other one-time gifts will negatively impact your church’s culture of generosity.

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Minimize stress. Ministry can be both incredibly fulfilling and incredibly stressful. Constantly worrying about making the rent payment or deciding between buying groceries or a coat for a daughter adds a level of stress that ultimately hurts a minister’s ability to truly serve a church.

Enable connections. Every neighborhood has a specific culture. Effective ministry takes place when that culture is fully engaged. In some neighborhoods, this means developing relationships through children’s sporting events, others revolve around local community associations, and for some it is a country club. Whatever the cultural distinctives, there needs to be a compensation strategy that enables staff to fully connect with their neighborhoods.

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With these three guidelines in mind, here are a few tools I have used to develop a compensation strategy:

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