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2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey

Compensation-Survey2016Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey: a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. The bi-annual survey is a partnership of GuideStone Financial Resources, LifeWay Christian Resources and Baptist state conventions.

Survey results are not reported individually. Compensation and benefit information can be contributed 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 leads to a more accurate baseline of compensation data.

GuideStone’s survey is worth the time because it provides customized reports to allow administrators, personnel/finance committees and minister search teams to better determine adequate compensation for ministers and staff. That can be essential information for thousands of churches, which makes the survey worth the few minutes it takes to complete.

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

Virginia 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.