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Church Salaries Are Increasing

A study of financial data from 1251 churches found that pastors and executive staff received an average pay increase of 3.1% and 73% of the churches interviewed had grown in attendance during the past five years. In addition 36% of these churches had grown by 30% or more. The larger the church, the higher each staff member’s salary was reported to be. Churches averaged one full-time staff person for every 76 attendees.
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  • Stabilizing Finances: As salaries begin to increase, churches can begin to explore ways to make both their staff and their budgets more secure.
  • Challenges Remain: Average attendance numbers are still declining overall, so salary forecasts need to consider attendance trends.
  • Are You Average? Churches average one staff member for every 76 people. Where is your church in this average?
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