More than 12,000 surveys had been completed as of May 21, with the highest number of completed surveys from North Carolina and Alabama. As many as 17,000 surveys have been completed in the past.
The survey benefits participating churches by providing an accurate baseline of compensation among similar-sized churches in their state convention. Customized reports allow administrators, personnel/finance committees and minister search teams to better determine adequate compensation for ministers and staff. That can be essential information for thousands of churches.
The survey, at www.GuideStone.org/CompensationSurvey, can be completed in five to eight minutes on average.
Church ministers and staff need to have access to information regarding their salary, benefits, their church's estimated weekly worship or Bible study attendance, resident membership and annual budget. All information is kept confidential and no data from individual responses will be released.
The compensation survey is provided through the joint efforts of Baptist state conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. GuideStone and LifeWay compile the submitted data and provide all users with access to the results. Survey results will be released later this summer.
A printed version of the survey may be obtained by contacting GuideStone at 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433) between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST Monday-Friday or by calling state convention offices.
Reported by the staff of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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