Compensation planning provides benefits to both churches and pastors in several financial and tax-related areas.

Developing a compensation package for pastors and church staff can seem daunting. There is no “one size fits all” approach, and there are many factors to consider such as salary, employer-provided benefits, retirement, tax savings strategies and more. Plus, compensation packages must be in compliance with legal and IRS regulations.

We offer practical advice and counsel to churches through meetings, consultations, workshops and other events to assist churches in matters related to compensation. We have also provided a number of helpful resources below.

2020 Compensation Survey Postponed
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 church compensation survey sponsored by Lifeway and GuideStone has been postponed until 2022 in order to capture a more accurate look at compensation and benefits across the Southern Baptist Convention.

Churches that utilize the 2018 church compensation survey should consider adjusting the reported results to include a cost of living increase since the survey data is dated. Per The Kiplinger Letter, the 2019 annual increase in the Consumer Price Index is 2.3%, and should be approximately the same increase for 2020.

2018 Compensation Study Results
The 2018 Compensation Study results was a joint project of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, GuideStone Financial Resources, and LifeWay Christian Resources. Listed are the results of the survey to benefit churches and their staff for compensation and benefits.

Compensation Planning Guide
This guide is designed to assist lay leaders as they discuss and recommend an equitable salary and benefits plan for church staff.

Financial Checklist for Ministers
This checklist provides an overview of items that should be considered when constructing a staff compensation plan.

Ministers’ Housing Allowance
This link provides answers to frequently asked questions about churches designating a portion of a minister’s salary as a housing allowance according to specific IRS guidelines.