All Southern Baptist church employees are encouraged to participate in the survey of pay and benefits of ministers and other staff, which can be accessed through April 30 at www.LifeWay.com/compensationsurvey. Results will be released in June.
Utilizing the survey data, church administrators, personnel and finance committees and minister search teams can compare their own church's salary and benefits with similar churches across the country.
For staff at churches without Internet access, a paper copy of the survey may be obtained by contacting their state convention office.
Answers to the survey are kept confidential and are not reported individually. The survey takes, on average, less than 10 minutes to complete. In addition to salary and benefit information, participants in the survey will need to have their church's average weekly worship or Bible study attendance, resident membership and annual budget.
LifeWay and GuideStone are pooling resources to provide the online survey, compile the data and offer an online reporting tool for users to access the results.
"Both GuideStone and LifeWay have a mission supporting the churches of our Southern Baptist Convention," said O.S. Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of GuideStone Financial Resources. "The 2010 SBC Church Compensation Survey is another avenue by which we all can work together to serve our churches with information to help them adequately compensate their ministers and employees."
Every state convention participated in the last biannual study in 2008, which included results from more than 7,000 churches and 13,000 individuals.
Reported by GuideStone Financial Resources' public relations staff.
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