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You Know You’re a Leader If You Care about Your Budget

By October 11, 2016 No Comments


By Warren Bird, Ph.D.


infographicscollageLeaders constantly monitor their budget trends, so Leadership Network has prepared two infographics, each drawn from original research and each designed to provide helpful benchmarks from the latest in large-church research.

1.  “12 Top Salary Trends Every Church Leader Should Know” comes from a study of 1,251 large churches that shared salaries, budgets and staffing circumstances. 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. It’s released in partnership with Vanderbloemen Search Group. You want this report if you what to know:

  • What percent of budget typically goes to staffing costs in larger churches?
  • What level of raises, bonuses, and retirement contributions where made in the most recent budget year?
  • What’s the attender-to-paid-staff ratio in larger churches?
  • How much of a typical larger church budget goes beyond the walls of the congregation?


2. “How Can These 13 Vital Benchmarks Increase Generosity In Your Church?” is a look at 13 benchmarks to assess giving potential. We sat down with the number crunchers at MortarStone, which has analyzed more than $1.5 billion in personal church giving, and asked them to calculate various benchmarks from new givers to big givers. This report can help you learn:

  • What percent of a church’s giving typically comes from new givers?
  • What’s the normal rate at which first-time givers become second-time givers?
  • What percent of a church’s general fund typically comes from those giving units who give $200 or more a year?
  • How many giving units does it take to contribute $1 million in the typical church?


Take a look, and then let us know what you think! You can also find these and other salary-related resources at leadnet.org/salary.

Or to download just the infographics, simply provide a little information below, and click “Sign me up!” You’ll then be taken to a page where you can view or download both infographics. In addition to the infographics, you’ll also receive our free, weekly e-newsletter Advance (if you don’t already receive it).

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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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