Read more from this Leadership Network Research here… What is YOUR church doing in 2013? Pay raises? Cuts? Holding steady? Do you anticipate hiring more or less staff in 2013?Many church staff can expect a modest increase in their pay next year. 74% of all churches surveyed will be giving staff at least a 1% pay increase in the next budget cycle, with 29% of churches planning to give a 3% pay increase. The majority of churches fall into one of two clusters: either those projecting a 2-3% raise or those projecting no raise at all. Planned pay cuts are rare; less than 3% of churches expect to decrease salaries in 2013. The larger the church, the more likely its staff will receive a more significant increase in pay. In addition to pay increases, more than half of churches surveyed (62%) expect to add new staff members in the coming year, and most will be hiring between 1 and 4 new team members. As with pay increases, the larger the church, the more likely to be adding staff. Staff cuts are also rare; only 8% of churches plan to reduce staff by 1 to 4 members in 2013. These findings are just a few of the insights from the 2012 Leadership Network Economic Outlook Survey. Next week, we will be posting additional highlights from the survey, with a full, illustrated and free report to follow in early 2013.
Leadership Network and Warren Bird: Although the size of the churches surveyed varied, the average growth rate for all churches combined is between 6-8% per year, based on worship attendance numbers (adults and children combined) from the past three years. The majority of churches surveyed have also seen an increase in offerings since January, 2012. This trend increases with church size. Churches of 2,000 or more have seen a significant increase, with 28% increasing in the 6-10% range Interestingly, the 80/20 “rule” applies to giving. We asked: Which answer best completes this sentence describing how total giving is reflected in your church? “__ of the giving comes from 20% of our family units.” Most churches replied “80%” or “70%”, indicating that a large amount of giving comes from a small number of households. Churches receive from 1% to 80% of their total offerings via electronic means (online, bank transfer, credit/debit card, lobby kiosk, etc.), with the biggest group of churches receiving between 1% and 20% of their offerings electronically. Larger churches are more likely to receive a greater portion of their giving through electronic donations. All churches surveyed of a weekly attendance of 2,000 or more receive at least some portion of their donations electronically, and the majority are receiving between 1% and 30% of their offerings electronically. These findings are just a few of the insights from the 2012 Leadership Network Economic Outlook Survey. A full, illustrated report of the complete survey findings is planned to release in early 2013. via Church Offerings Increased in 2012 – Worship Attendance Too » Leadership Network. Are you optimistic for 2013? Is your budget more, less, or the same as it was in 2012?New research from
Read more here right now… How is YOUR church doing? Are you on-track to meet or excede your budget this year? And how’s next year looking financially? Leave your comment/insight below… ToddNew research from Leadership Network… this is just being released from Warren Bird and my colleagues at Leadership Network: Despite the current economic landscape, 73% of all churches surveyed expect to meet budget this year(“this year” being 2012 calendar year or current fiscal year). This response was to the question: “How do you respond to this statement? ‘Our church will meet its budget for this year.’ (whether calendar or fiscal year)” Participating churches ranged in size from less than 50 to over 40,000 people in weekly worship attendance. The larger the church, the more likely they are to say they will meet budget. More than half of the churches surveyed use a Jan-Dec calendar year for their fiscal year, but as church size increases, so does the likelihood that the fiscal year does not follow the calendar year. This optimism is particularly encouraging when you compare the outlook to the responses to the question, “Overall, how has the economic slowdown that began in 2008 impacted your church?” This is just part of the story.