Compensation Studies: How much should we pay our church staff?


I had a church contact me asking about compensation for staff. They were looking for comparison data for specific positions. It’s a question I get often, so let me share a few resources that may help.

If you don’t find the information you need in one of those resources and you need custom solutions for specific roles or specific types of churches, I recommend Vanderbloemen Search Group, one of our strategic partners. They provide custom reports based on the size of your church, your geographic region and the type of your church.

By the way when it comes to compensation, this is my philosophy. I’d rather have fewer quality staff leaders that I compensate well. That’s better than having many staff members who I can’t compensate appropriately. It’s another example of less being more.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and

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