All posts from “pastor”

Salary and Benefit Breakdown for Senior Pastors

May 22, 2014 8:00 AM

The 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff shows full-time senior pastors' salary and benefits at an average of $88,814. This represents a 7 percent increase from the $82,938 average reported in 2011. The senior pastor is one of the most...

Q&A: Is a Pastor's Holy Land Trip Tax Deductible?

May 8, 2014 8:00 AM

Update: This post was updated on 5/22/14 to clarify the tax deductibility of contributions made by donors toward a trip. Q: Our church's CPA says that because a Holy Land trip will serve in the continuing education of our...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/10/14

February 10, 2014 8:00 AM

Set clear boundaries to protect pastors and staff from affairs. "'It began in counseling.' Sometimes the word 'transference' is used to describe what can happen in counseling. The counselor or counselee becomes the object of attraction instead of one's...

10 Common Payroll Tax Errors

January 23, 2014 8:00 AM

In the video below, Richard Hammar reviews what he considers the ten most common payroll tax errors made by churches. Hammar, along with Christianity Today, publishes a comprehensive tax review in his annual book the Church & Clergy Tax Guide,...

The Pastor Pay Gap

January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

The number of female pastors in the U.S. has doubled since 1990, according to a 2009 Barna study. And yet, even though the prevalence of women in leadership roles in the church is rising steadily, women's salary levels are...

Why Pastors Neglect Managing

December 31, 2013 8:00 AM

We've made the distinction between leadership and management too stark. Are they separate? Yes. Is there much overlap between them? Absolutely. Is there such a thing as a pure leader, one who never manages? Maybe, though I struggle for...

The 24-Hour Pastor

December 25, 2013 8:00 AM

The holiday season is a busy time for pastors and other church leaders. We hope you find some time to rest and reflect during the Christmas season. To go deeper on this subject, read "When You Need a Break."...

IRS Announces 2014 Mileage Rates

December 16, 2013 9:00 AM

The IRS recently announced the new standard mileage rates for 2014. The reimbursement rate for business mileage is .5 cents less than the 2013 rate. Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car,...

Gifts of Money to Pastors

October 17, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. As you consider how to celebrate the many benefits your pastor brings to your church, consider if the gifts you're giving count as taxable income. Some church members give...

Neglecting to "Render Unto Caesar"

October 15, 2013 8:00 AM

Ministers—especially new ones—often fail to file income tax returns. It's a common problem, because churches are not required to withhold either income taxes or Social Security taxes from the wages of ministers who are performing ministerial services. This occurrence...

10 Tips on Managing Church

July 18, 2013 8:00 AM

Recently I had a chance to teach a class of Bible college students about church administration. As I was preparing, I spoke to a close friend of mine who had been an executive pastor at a huge church—and who...

5 Tech Tools to Manage Pastoral Ministry

January 31, 2013 3:05 PM

I'd like to share with you some technological tools I use to help accomplish the responsibilities and demands for my ministry as a pastor. I pray that it will be helpful for you in your stewardship of time. 1....

Will Churches Pay More in 2013?

January 10, 2013 8:00 AM

A few months ago, our friend Warren Bird at Leadership Network informally surveyed nearly 600 Protestant churches to find out their plans for hiring and pay raises in 2013. The survey results appeared encouraging: 74 percent expected to give raises...

The 10 Commandments of Church Management

October 25, 2012 11:19 AM

Editor’s Note: Frank and Elaine Sommerville, editorial advisors for ManagingYourChurch.com, presented some of this material on Monday at The Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference in Arlington, Texas. I. Thou shalt not allow the church’s intellectual property to be used for...

Q&A: Should Churches Perform a Compensation Study?

July 26, 2012 8:00 AM

Q: At the end of every year, our board discusses the salary for our ministers for the upcoming year. We would like to compensate our ministers for all they do for our church, and some have suggested we get a...

A Breakdown of Salaries and Benefits for Senior Pastors

April 3, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff is now available. This resource details pay and benefits data for 14 church positions, including two new ones—part-time musician and part-time childcare provider. Each position is analyzed based on a variety...

Is Income Exceeding Expenses at Your Church?

March 13, 2012 8:00 AM

Findings from the 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff reveal that the overall percentage of churches operating in the black—income EXCEEDS expenses—declined in almost every region....

The Top 7 Paid Positions at Churches

February 7, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff is now available. This resource details pay and benefits data for 14 church positions, including two new ones—part-time musician and part-time childcare provider. Each position is analyzed based on a variety...

Part 1: When Raises Aren’t Possible for Church Staff

January 12, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Liz Ryan spent 20 years as a corporate human resources leader. During that time, she saw the best and worst of how employers treat their employees. She’s now a full-time writer and consultant on workplaces and writes...

How Much Are Pastors Earning These Days?

January 5, 2012 8:00 AM

How much are the pastors of Protestant churches nationwide earning these days? The chart below shows the national averages for compensation and benefits earned by full-time senior pastors, based on Christianity Today's biannual survey of 4,600 churches nationwide. The survey...

IRS Announces Recommended Mileage Rates for 2012

December 12, 2011 9:34 AM

On Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service announced its recommended optional standard business mileage rates for 2012. These recommendations are ones "employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups and...

IRS Increases Mileage Rate

June 23, 2011 11:58 AM

The Internal Revenue Service announced this morning it has increased the optional standard mileage rate that employers can use to reimburse employees who drive personal vehicles for business purposes. The IRS increased the rate to 55.5 cents per mile...