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12 Salary Trends Every Church Leader Should Know

By September 26, 2016 No Comments


2016-large-church-salary-study-share-imageWhat does an insider look at the compensation practices of 1,251 large churches reveal? Leadership Network’s 2016 edition of “12 Salary Trends Every Church Leader Should Know” offers an exclusive perspective on benchmarks, ratios and trending developments found in churches with weekly worship attendances from over 30,000 down to 500, with focus on top-tier staff. The goal of the report is to help church leaders, especially those of innovative larger churches, who want to learn from each other’s practices and build healthier systems for their churches.

The report comes in two editions, both available at leadnet.org/salary:

  1. The executive summary is a free download. This 14-page graphic-rich report offers select metrics on pay raises, bonuses, total staffing costs, top salary predictors, outsourcing patterns, and more. It also includes a participant overview and an international section (mostly Canada).
  2. The complete report is available at significant discount through Friday October 7th. Only $349 (after 10/7 the price will be $499). This 35-page download includes the entire executive summary, but using more than 20 tables and graphics, it offers further details on topics mentioned in the executive summary—often grouping them by church size (500-999, 1,000s, 2,000s, 3,000s, 4,000s, 5,000s, etc.). It then provides additional material on multisite dynamics, salary ranges, retirement and healthcare contributions, and more.

Both editions are presented in partnership with Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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Warren Bird

Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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