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5 Church Compensation Insights Heading into 2021

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How has the 2020 pandemic affected the way churches compensate pastors and staff members? It’s an important question, especially in light of the federal government’s heavy push to promote the Paycheck Protection Program, the increased levels of unemployment seen in many states, and the mixed signals about the state of church finances. Some church leaders recently told me that their giving has never been stronger, despite the absence of in-person gatherings and continued financial uncertainties in many households. But still other signs point to budgetary struggles, particularly among smaller congregations. So, are churches freezing hiring decisions? Requiring pay cuts? Providing raises? And what do those varying approaches mean for ...

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