The factors that should drive your compensation decisions will change depending on your church’s circumstances, meaning you may factor different elements as attendance, giving, and expenses as they alter. Especially in the months following COVID-19, when income has been unpredictable and the move to online service has changed the landscape of giving and attendance, it can be hard to know what guidelines are helpful in determining appropriate salaries for your staff this year.
To display the two different methods you can use to determine salaries, we’ll show you examples from our compensation report. Our data compares your compensation for a particular role to the closest 50+ similar organizations while also accounting for the cost-of-living in your specific area. All data is adjusted for your specific cost-of-living by zip code.
The first graph we show is based on your attendance. This graph shows how your compensation for a specific role compares to other organizations of similar sizes.
The second graph is based on your organization’s budget. This graph shows how your compensation for a specific role compares to other organizations with similar budgets.
If you want data like this on your church, we’ve compiled over 5,600 data points from Christian organizations, and we would love to share it with you to help you make the best compensation decisions possible. You can find more information on how to receive one of our compensation reports here.
So, Should I Use Attendance Or Budget As A Basis For Compensation?
As previously mentioned, deciding which data to use depends on your church’s current situation. Is your church growing quickly with new believers or is your church more established in the community with older members? These factors along with others can help you decide which data provides a better basis for your organization. Here are our recommendations for determining which data points to use:
- Churches that have rapid conversion growth should use attendance to determine salaries because it sometimes takes many months for a new believer to start giving. This means your budget may not accurately reflect the attendance of the church.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sutton Turner