Church Compensation Trends featuring William Vanderbloemen

Episode #272
October 28, 2016
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Podcast Episode #272

Church compensation is always a hot topic of discussion, so on a recent trip through Nashville, William Vanderbloemen stopped in to discuss some new research and what he’s seeing right now in church search.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Large churches are starting to move toward merit-based bonus compensation for the senior pastor.
  • “It’s not helpful for everyone to know everything about the pastor’s compensation package.”
  • Outsourcing administrative staff is only going to increase in church offices.
  • “Churches are paying more money to fewer people on staff.”
  • “Children’s curriculum has outpaced the pipeline of qualified children’s ministers.”
  • Churches should spend their staffing money on ministerial roles, not administrative roles.
  • “Great student pastors can often make great children’s pastors.”
  • “Student ministry, like children’s ministry, is mostly about ministering to the parents and volunteers.”
  • The ownership and usage of parsonages is actually on the rise in churches.

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