General Interest

How Does Your Church Compare with These Numbers? (Part 1)

By March 7, 2016 No Comments

by Warren Bird

8296143Here are some preliminary findings from several hundred churches that have participated in the recently launched 2016 Large Church Salary, Staff and Budget Survey. Whether you’re from the US, Canada, UK or elsewhere, here’s the deal: If you give us your numbers (which we treat with utmost privacy and confidence), we’ll give you lots of feedback about other churches your size. Free. For all the details, see the first page of the survey, www.leadnet.org/salary.

So … how does your church compare with these numbers? (These are overall tallies from the 700-plus churches that have participated so far, and are not yet broken down by church size.)

73% …
gave financial bonuses last year to staff other than the senior pastor

90% …
churches that make some form of contribution to a retirement plan for the lead/senior pastor

41% …
work from a “one unified budget” approach

35% …
lead/senior pastors who are “founding pastors”

4% …
who are husband-wife co-pastor teams

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part and learn more about churches your size. Please pass this blog (or the shortcut web link above) to the “stats and salaries” person on your staff.

For Part 2, 3 and 4 of this blog, see here here and here.

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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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