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Providing Fair Compensation is the Right and Responsible Thing to Do

Offering fair compensation is one of the most important things you can do to foster a positive work environment. It can free your staff from financial anxiety and allow them to focus their time and attention on ministry.

Plus, when staff feel like they’re being fairly paid based on their skills and experience, they are more willing to serve for longer periods of time providing continuity to the ministry.

Components of Compensation

Are your finances in good shape? What are your financial goals? Before you can begin thinking about how to achieve your financial goals, you need to have a sense of whether your compensation is fair and adequate in terms of your education and experience in ministry. 

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Are You Preparing to Negotiate Compensation? 

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Why You Need a Pastoral Relations Committee

One of the most important elements of compensation negotiation is to lay the groundwork for effective communications. The first step should be to form a Pastoral Relations Committee that can conduct research, advocate for fair compensation and work closely with the pastor and ministerial staff to design an acceptable package.

By limiting the group to a small number of church members of 3 to 6 people, ministers and pastoral staff are better able to talk openly and confidentially about their needs and maintain a strong relationship with their congregation.

When forming your committee, choose members who:

  • Have a good relationship with the minister
  • Can maintain confidentiality
  • Listen well
  • Understand what the congregation needs
  • Understand finance and compensation
  • Have distinct and diverse points of view
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