Compensation Survey Will Help Churches Set Fair Pay

Findings from a national survey on church compensation will be used to create one of the best-known resources for church compensation reports—the Compensation Handbook for Church Staff. This resource is published by the Church Law & Tax Team of Christianity Today and helps church leaders determine a fair wage for pastors around the country.

Church employees are encouraged to take this anonymous survey to help the Church Law & Tax Team receive an accurate representation of church compensation nationwide.

This resource provides compensation profiles classified by part- and full-time positions, church size, church budget, and geographical setting. Each position’s compensation levels are presented based on several personnel characteristics, including years employed, denomination, region, gender, and educational training.

The data gathered from survey results will shape the 2018 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff. It will also build the foundation needed for the upcoming online compensation tool the Church Law & Tax Team is creating.

The $750,000 grant awarded to Church Law & Tax (CLT) by Lilly Endowment Inc. focuses on the National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders, and the first step in this project is to gather research from pastors and church staff with this survey, the 2017 National Church Compensation Survey.

To learn more about the tools the Church Law & Tax Team currently offers to help pastors and church staff with compensation, visit

Christianity Today is a nonprofit, global media ministry centered on Beautiful Orthodoxy—strengthening the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family—J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli—through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business.

(Source: Christian Newswire)

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