Church compensation survey deadline May 31

by Roy Hayhurst , posted Monday, January 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

DALLAS (BP) -- The biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey in 2016 has been launched by GuideStone Financial Resources, along with LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions.

Southern Baptist ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. Church ministers and staff have until May 31 to complete the online survey.

Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an iPad. The survey and complete contest rules are available at GuideStone.org/CompensationSurvey. The winner of the iPad will be notified via email.

The survey's results will be made available in the early fall, in time for many churches considering their 2017 budgets. The survey is believed to be the largest free, church compensation study conducted in the United States. The most recent survey results -- conducted in 2014 -- have been visited nearly 55,000 times.

"GuideStone works tirelessly to be an advocate for pastors and church staff, ensuring that they are compensated fairly," said O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources. "The surveys can help churches benchmark their own salary and benefits packages against churches of like size within Southern Baptist life."

Survey results are not reported individually. Compensation and benefit information can be contributed anonymously. At the conclusion of the survey, GuideStone and LifeWay will compile the submitted data and provide all users with access to the results. Participants in the survey who provide an email address will have first access to the study's customizable reports.

Contact GuideStone Financial Resources for more information at 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433) Monday -- Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST, or send an email to info@GuideStone.org.

Roy Hayhurst is department head of denominational and public relations services at GuideStone Financial Resources.
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