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What You Need to Know About Negotiating a Raise
What You Need to Know About Negotiating a Raise
How both employees and their supervisors should approach the conversation.

Jane Barratt, a personal finance coach, also advises that waiting to discuss your raise until review time or budget season is a mistake. By making your desire for a raise known sooner rather than later, you give the organization a better shot of being able to budget for an increased expense.

Say It the Right Way

Miller also stresses the importance of relational skills when approaching this conversation. He believes the posture in which you ask for a raise is just as important as the words you say. This can begin by asking to have the conversation at an appropriate time and when your supervisor is ready. “I think you should come in prepared to be very positive,” says Miller. Employees should explain what they enjoy their role and their church community—and show that they’re not working there simply for a paycheck.

William Vanderbloemen—founder and CEO of church staffing group Vanderbloemen Search Group, which works with churches like Willow Creek and Life Church—says a salary negotiation is the time to keep the mission of your church first.

“If your boss feels like you’re more concerned about pay than you are [about] advancing the mission and vision of the church, your negotiation will not end in your favor,” said Vanderbloemen.

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