As many churches enter budget season, they are seeking ways to stretch limited budget dollars to cover a myriad of good and God-honoring goals, including Cooperative Program giving and outreach in their local community.
One additional area churches must never forget is their biblical obligation to provide well for their pastors and other church staff.
GuideStone makes available its Compensation Planning Guide for free on its website, GuideStone.org/CompensationPlanning.
This downloadable workbook helps develop a solid budgeting plan for the benefit of church and staff. The website also links to the most recent Southern Baptist Convention Compensation Study to help gauge how other churches of similar size and geography are compensating their pastors.
“Paul reminds Timothy that ‘the laborer is worthy of his wages,'” GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. “And to the Galatian believers he reminded them, ‘Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.’
“One thing I am convinced, after a quarter century in four different pastorates and another two decades here at GuideStone, is that most all churches want to do right by their pastors and staff,” he said. “Some simply do not allocate resources in a way that helps the pastor.”
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Source: Baptist Press