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Posted on Jan 28, 2014 | by Shelly Moon

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DALLAS (BP) -- Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the 2014 SBC Church Compensation Survey, a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits.

"GuideStone continues to be an advocate for pastors and church staff, ensuring that they are compensated fairly," said O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources. "That's why we partner with LifeWay Christian Resources and Baptist state conventions to produce this biannual study."

Survey participants will be entered for a chance to win an iPad. The survey and complete contest rules are available at Compensation Survey.

Survey results are not reported individually. Compensation and benefit information also can be submitted anonymously.

Each Southern Baptist church employee who participates in the survey plays a vital role in building one of the largest databases of church compensation information in the United States. Survey results provide a baseline of compensation data among similar-sized churches within each state convention. Therefore, a higher number of participants yields a more accurate baseline of compensation data.

Al Fausch, director of business and financial administration at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., noted, "We receive numerous requests to answer compensation surveys throughout the year. We don't participate in them all, but we always try to complete GuideStone's survey."

Churches often don't participate in salary surveys because they don't have time or receive enough valuable information in return. But Fausch said GuideStone's survey is worth the few minutes it takes to complete it. A key reason: The survey provides customized reports to thousands of churches to allow administrators, personnel/finance committees and minister search teams to better determine adequate compensation for ministers and staff.

Like many other church leaders, Fausch has accessed results from previous compensation surveys when hiring new staff to ensure that employees are being compensated at competitive levels. "The results are easy to navigate," Fausch said. "I encourage everyone to participate. We are helping each other as well as ourselves by establishing accurate benchmarks."

At the conclusion of the survey, GuideStone and LifeWay will compile the submitted data and provide all users with access to the results.

"This survey, which is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, will help scores of churches as they seek to provide for those who are called to lead their congregations," Hawkins said.

Southern Baptist church ministers and staff have until May 31 to complete the online survey. Survey results will be released this summer. Survey participants will receive advance notification of the results and can begin to access the data upon notice.

The winner of the iPad will be notified via email.
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Shelly Moon is a marketing writer at GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).
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