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160201Compensation-SurveyDALLAS — GuideStone Financial Resources, along with LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions, including the Tennessee Baptist Convention, has opened the biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey in 2016.

Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an iPad®. The survey and complete contest rules are available at

The survey’s results will be made available in the early fall, in time for many churches considering their 2017 budgets. The survey is the largest free church compensation study conducted in the United States. The most recent survey results, conducted in 2014, have been visited almost 55,000 times.

“GuideStone works tirelessly to be an advocate for pastors and church staff, ensuring that they are compensated fairly,” said O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources.

“The surveys can help churches benchmark their own salary and benefits packages against churches of like size within Southern Baptist life,” he added.

Gary Rickman, ministry coordinator for the TBC, observed that the study can be invaluable for churches as they consider compensation packages for pastors and other staff members.

For the survey to be most effective, however, churches of all sizes need to complete the survey, he urged.

“If churches will spend just a little time to complete this survey, they will have a valuable resource to use when it comes time to determine their own compensation packages,” Rickman said.

Contact GuideStone Financial Resources with any questions or issues. Call toll-free at 1-888-984-8433 Monday–Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST to speak with a customer relations specialist.