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Leadership Network’s bi-annual Large Church Salary, Staff and Benefits research by Dr. Warren Bird has served executive teams as the gold-standard for compensation benchmarks since 2001. Our free Executive Summary is downloaded by thousands of pastors each year, and hundreds of churches purchase our custom tools and reports to assist them as they review staff compensation packages and create offers for potential new team members.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on the findings, and expect to launch the illustrated summary report, titled 7 Vital Benchmarks in Church Compensation – Findings from the Large Church Salary, Staff and Benefits Survey, in the coming days. This year’s report is sponsored by gloo, who also serves as Leadership Network’s big data partner. Those who participated in the survey will receive early access to the report, so watch your inbox this week for your exclusive access. If you did not participate in the survey, navigate over to leadnet.org/salary and bookmark that page. We will update our salary resource page when the report is live.

As the title of the executive summary suggests, this report will unpack 7 staffing and compensation benchmarks revealed through our research of 13,039 employees from 1,043 large churches in the U.S. and Canada.These latest insights cover a variety of topics, including:

  • How does local cost of living affect church compensation?
  • Do founding pastors earn more than successor pastors?
  • How does the rate of a church’s growth (or lack of growth) affect salaries?
  • Along with many surprising facts and trends as well!

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Following the release of the free summary, customized compensation tables and individualized tailored reports informed by the latest data will be available for purchase. Each compensation table package is based on an attendance range you select. It covers up to 30 top roles, looking at those roles through three different lenses:

  • by church attendance
  • by church budget
  • by number of church staff

In addition we point you to census data with guidance on how you can calculate cost of living adjustments for your specific area.

Our individualized report will provide your team with analysis of the specific roles you want to check against other peers. Each report will draw from almost 20,000 different individual salaries from large churches in the U.S. and Canada.

Leadership Network will also use several other data sources to provide your oversight team with the information it needs for your unique situation. These include geography, size of ministry, and other factors necessary to do fair, competent benchmarking.

We are excited to share this research with you and your team. If you have any questions about the upcoming report and custom compensation products, please email us at research@leadnet.org.

The post Coming Soon: 2018 Large Church Compensation Report appeared first on Leadership Network.

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While Facebook continues to grow globally, younger generations are spending more time on other platforms. Join Nils and Nick in this podcast as they share opinions, trends and tips on how social media can be utilized, especially by ministries, for the coming generations.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smcpodcast/Podcast_252_v2.mp3

A Shownotes to Social Media Trends and the Next Generation: Podcast 252

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

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If you are looking to learn about multisite, why not learn from the largest multisite corporation in the world? That’s exactly what 10 churches did in May 2018, as we began the second of Leadership Network’s Multisite Accelerators in Bentonville, Arkansas, in the “World Room” above The Walmart Museum. These churches, averaging over 9,000 in weekend worship attendance, over 7 locations each and looking to launch over 50 campuses collectively in the next 5 years, spent time learning about innovation in a flagship Walmart store, hearing from the Executive Vice President and CFO and the Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, and processing together the future of multisite in the church context.

But how does Walmart Corporation give us insight into the future of church multisite? It’s mostly about engagement–specifically digital engagement. Three years ago Walmart was spending the majority of their capital building “big-box” locations. Recently, that all changed–not by abandoning the “big-box” strategy, but by enhancing it. Another retail giant, Amazon, had been eating up the digital market. The leaders of Walmart realized that although they had mastered physical locations, they had left the digital realm virtually untouched. This year, Walmart will not abandon their store model, they will enhance it with greater focus on things like 2-day shipping, online Grocery ordering, in-store pick-up, Scan and Go checkout and by considering new things like zero-click shopping (you should Google that phenomenon).

Unlike many in the church space who have focused on the potential of digital engagement instead of physical locations, Walmart is focusing on both. People today do not just exist in the digital or physical realm–they exist in both. As church leaders we were challenged to explore what engagement looks like in both areas and how creating a greater online experience can point attenders to opportunities that direct them to their next steps in their walk with Christ or in engagement with the church. Walmart’s new focus on “both” revealed how digital enhancement leads to a smoother, more frictionless in-person experience. What can churches take away from this reality? The team from Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC, recognized an opportunity for new families to use online children’s ministry check-in–making their tags available upon arrival to church and skipping the kids check-in line. A small, digital enhancement that can have a tremendous impact on a family’s worship experience.

The participating teams also focused on data surrounding research Walmart has done on “The Busy Family.” In collaboration with our data insights partner, gloo, Leadership Network is providing churches in this Accelerator with the ability to leverage data to expand and enhance their community impact. In fact, my own church, Faith Promise in Knoxville, TN, will be using this data to more strategically advertise to the individuals and families surrounding our campuses, allowing us to focus on the individual needs of the families in the communities surrounding each location.

Ultimately, everyone walked away with a greater commitment to innovation, to rapidly prototype and test new ideas using the Accelerator “Build, Measure, Learn” cycle. As an example, Hope City Church in Houston, TX, a three-year-old church serving 10,000 attenders each weekend, is going to explore “pop-up” multisite locations in different communities to test the potential of multisite in areas surrounding their existing campuses.

This 3-day experience was packed with insights as the teams ended their time together by presenting their strategic plans to the Walmart Executives for feedback. Leveraging the power of the Accelerator process alongside the experience and expertise of Walmart’s high-capacity leaders proved a powerful catalyst for each team’s multisite vision. And we’re just getting started! Our next gathering for this group will be at the Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Detroit this fall.

If your church is looking to leap ahead in your multisite strategy, consider applying for our next Multisite Accelerator at Leadership Network. To schedule a discovery call with me, complete the brief form below. I’d love to connect.

The post What Are Churches Learning from the Largest Multisite Organization in the World? appeared first on Leadership Network.

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Instagram has made some noise this week with its unexpected launch of IG TV. Join Nils and Nick in this podcast as they talk about what opportunities IG TV provides churches with and where this might lead us.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

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A Shownotes to IG TV is Here & What This Means for Your Church: Podcast 251

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

The post IG TV is Here & What This Means for Your Church: Podcast 251 appeared first on Leadership Network.

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For Autumn Miles, social media is home. In this episode of the podcast, Nils and Nick are joined by Autumn Miles in a conversation about how social media can be used as an avenue to reach people for Christ and meet the needs of those who need Him most.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smcpodcast/Podcast_250.mp3

Shownotes to Engaging with People on Social Media Conversation with Autumn Miles: Podcast 250

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

The post Engaging with People on Social Media Conversation with Autumn Miles: Podcast 250 appeared first on Leadership Network.

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Church boards have been much in the news of late. For example, we see more churches with external boards these days, especially prominent churches – why is that? What are the pros and cons to external vs internal board? What are the board’s limitations and legal responsibilities about setting executive compensation, especially for the senior pastor, and about senior pastor succession? What’s the board’s role, if any, when there’s a potential conflict of interest – such as pastors writing books, using the church as a platform to promote the book, and keeping the royalties? Same with churches where the pastor wants to own personal title to the church property or other assets that donors have funded?

This wide-ranging interview gives practical insight to ways your church board can be more effective, both suggestions for moving forward and “no no’s” to avoid.

With Warren Bird as host, the interview draws the expertise of Dave Travis, CEO of Leadership Network, whose writings include Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America’s Largest Churches; and David Middlebrook, co-founder of Church Law Group, whose writings includeNon-Profit Law for Religious Organizations.

David Middlebrook - YouTube

The post Why We’re Seeing More Churches with External Boards appeared first on Leadership Network.

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Being in this world, but not of it – this is what well known Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin is driven towards. Listen to Nils Smith and Nick Runyon as they talk with Stephen about how he presses forward in his 10-year ministry, charity and other Christ-centered initiatives with boldness.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

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Shownotes to Discerning Your Calling: Conversation with Stephen Baldwin: Podcast 249

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

The post Discerning Your Calling: Conversation with Stephen Baldwin: Podcast 249 appeared first on Leadership Network.

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In this episode of the podcast, Nils and Nick are joined by Nona Jones of Facebook’s faith-based projects and Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Church in Nashville. Listen as they talk about an exciting project they are launching in making technology and faith communities work together towards building the Kingdom.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smcpodcast/Podcast_248.mp3

Shownotes to Building Faith-Based Communities through Facebook Groups with Nona Jones and Bishop Joseph Walker: Podcast 248

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

The post Building Faith-Based Communities through Facebook Groups with Nona Jones and Bishop Joseph Walker: Podcast 248 appeared first on Leadership Network.

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The recently-concluded F8 Conference has given us a look into Facebook’s incredible innovation, improvement and features to look forward to. In this podcast, Nils Smith and Nick Runyon, together with guests Justin Dean, Holly Tate, Kenny Jahng and more talk about the future of Facebook for ministries and churches amidst these changes.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smcpodcast/Podcast_247-_reduced.mp3

Shownotes to The F8 Debrief: The Latest with Facebook : Podcast 247

* Audio content courtesy of the Social Media Church podcast – Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS *

The post The F8 Debrief: The Latest with Facebook : Podcast 247 appeared first on Leadership Network.

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In Lead Like A Shepherd, The Secret of Leading Well, pastor, author and leadership consultant, Larry Osborne unpacks instruction for church leaders found in 1 Peter where they are exhorted to “shepherd the flock among them.”

I recently did an interview with Larry to learn more about the differences between cowboy and shepherd leadership and why he wrote the book. Check out that conversation in the video below.

Lead Like a Shepherd Larry Osborne Interview - YouTube

In addition, you can get a feel for the book from the following excerpt:

A good shepherd needs to be patient. That’s not easy. I know that from my own struggles with patience. Early on I wanted everyone in my church to be instantly mature. I loved the lost. I adored baby Christians who still swore in their prayers. I prized those who quickly raced to the front of the line. But I had no tolerance for those who lingered at the back, particularly those who kept getting out of line and wandering off into the wilderness. For some reason, I didn’t think they deserved the same kind of pursuit or forbearance that the Lord gave me. I wanted to take the stragglers behind the woodshed. I wanted to let those who kept wandering off get what they deserved—to be eaten by wolves. I thought my impatience was Spirit-led. I thought I was helping God out by refusing to accept their lame excuses. I saw no reason to slow down and stop and chase after those who wandered off the path. Constantly searching for quiet waters or damming up the stream to make it easier for them to drink seemed like a compromising accommodation to their sin and feeble faith. I was wrong and foolish, especially in light of Jesus’ warning that he will give to me the same kind of mercy and judgment I give to others.

Get your copy today and learn to lead like a shepherd in your church or ministry.

Larry Osborne is a senior and teaching pastor at North Coast Church, acclaimed as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Under his leadership the church has grown from 128 to over 12,000 on a weekend.

Built around sermon-based small groups, North Coast has maintained a participation rate of over 80 percent of its weekend attendance in small groups for over 30 years. Its growth has come by word of mouth as they do not advertise or hold any special outreach events. Also recognized as pioneers in the multi-site movement, North Coast now offers 49 worship options on five local sites each weekend plus numerous national and international venues.

Larry writes and speaks extensively on the subjects of leadership, building healthy teams, innovation, multi-site ministry and spiritual formation. His books include: Thriving In Babylon, Accidental Pharisees, A Contrarian’s Guide To Knowing God, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, Sticky Leaders, Mission Creep, and The Unity Factor.

The post Shepherd or Cowboy? What’s your Style? appeared first on Leadership Network.

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