In this episode, we’re joined by a long-time online friend and the new Online Campus Pastor of CCV SoCal, Aaron Magnuson. Aaron shares with us the ministry opportunities made available through social media and technology, and his plans to maximize these resources in his new role.
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As 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to highlight the resources that you and thousands of leaders like you found most valuable for your ministries. We’re running this post a little early this year as some of these resources will be important to you as you make plans and set budgets for the coming year. The best part for you: 5 out of the 6 top resources for 2018 are FREE.
Without further ado, here are our Top 6 Resources for 2018!
#1 – 2018 Large Church Compensation Report Executive Summary (Free Download)
It should come as no surprise that our bi-annual report on large church salary, staffing and benefits was the most downloaded resource we published in 2018. As of this writing, this report was downloaded by almost 3000 leaders across North America.
The report, titled 7 Vital Benchmarks in Church Compensation – Findings from the Large Church Salary, Staff and Benefits Survey (whew!), outlines key insights from fresh research based on survey responses from more than 1000 large churches.
Want to stay current on large church compensation trends? Click or tap the banner below to grab your copy.
#2 – Multisite Latest Trends 2018 (Free Download)
Our most recent multisite report, titled Latest Multisite Trends: How a New Generation of Pastors Is Shifting to Strategies that Reproduce and Multiply (we love long titles!), is part of a 2017 research project conducted in partnership with Portable Church. This free report illustrates the various ways younger leaders are envisioning, planning and multiplying leaders and congregations throughout North America.
To get some insight into the thinking of the next generation of multisite leaders, click or tap on the banner below.
#3 – 2018 Large Church Compensation Tables (Premium Product)
Due to the popularity of our large church compensation research, our third most popular resource for 2018 is a premium product for executive level leaders: our Large Church Compensation Tables. Each compensation table package is based on an attendance range selected. It covers up to 30 top roles, but looks at those roles through three different lenses:
by church attendance
by church budget
by number of church staff
The data in this resource represents 13,039 employees from 1,045 large churches in the U.S. and Canada, and is the most comprehensive, large church salary table package available.
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#4 – Senior Pastor Role in Discipling High Capacity Givers (Free Download)
Most churches struggle to engage and disciple the people of wealth in their pews. These are people in your congregation whom God has entrusted for spiritual development and soul shaping beyond the questions of how they handle their wealth. This eBook, sponsored by Empower Generosity, shows leaders 3 critical areas of focus for the senior pastor in moving high-capacity givers in your church from potential donors to fully-devoted disciples.
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#5 – 10 Truths of Churches that Do a Great Job at Leadership Development (Free Download)
When we talk with or survey church leaders, leadership development is consistently one of their top concerns, regardless of the size of the church. The greatest limitation on tomorrow’s plans is the inability of churches to identify, engage, develop and deploy capable leaders today. This free resource, which began as a short series of blogs by our DIrector of Leadership Development, Brent Dolfo, is based on insights from helping more than 100 large churches develop a strategic framework for leadership development.
Want to improve your culture and strategy for developing leaders at all levels? Download this resource by clicking or tapping the banner below.
#6 – Big Data Helps Churches Do 5 Things Amazingly Well (Blog Post)
Over the years at Leadership Network we’ve recognized that every thriving and multiplying church has become really good at five things. Each of these five things is critical to the viability and growth of every church. Take just one of them away and the church begins a death spiral.
In the past year we’ve witnessed how information, particularly big data, can amplify a church’s ability to do these five things amazingly well. In this post and its related posts (below the article), Eric Swanson and Matt Engel outline these five things and briefly describe how leveraging the right information at the right time can help churches thrive.
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We hope these resources help you multiply your church’s impact in the coming year. If there is anything we can do to serve you, please let us know!
In this episode, Nick Runyon and Nils Smith talk about three of the biggest leaders in the technology space today–Facebook, Google and Apple, and look into whether they are “friends” or “enemies” of the church, and more about what roles they play for churches to thrive.
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As you probably know, only 20% of churches exceed 200 in average attendance. And likewise, a large percentage of staff-led and lay-led ministries within a church hit a growth cap.
Why? What needs to happen in the leader’s head to develop a vision for taking a church or ministry to new levels? Then what structures and systems (such as moving from “single cell” to “multiple cell”) need to be in place for people to be cared for and spiritually challenged at every organizational size?
I believe you’ll find very practical insight from How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church by Carl F. George and Warren Bird. This is actually a newly updated and expanded version of an earlier book with a similar title, but it sold so well, and the principles remained so relevant, that the publisher commissioned a new version. In fact, when Carey Nieuwhof did a podcast on the updated book, it became his top-listened-to podcast for 2017 with over 75,000 downloads, and was so well received that in October 2018 he re-broadcast his podcast interview with Carl George and Warren Bird. You can find the podcast here.
The authors, Carl F. George, one of North America’s premier church growth consultants, and Leadership Network’s former Director of Research (and now senior fellow) Dr. Warren Bird, show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth.
It’s designed for:
Leaders wanting to break the 200, 400, 800, 2000, etc. barriers
Leaders training others in how to break those size and growth barriers
The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a “harvest” vision, but they’re also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.
In this post I want to elaborate on several Frequently Asked Questions I get in this regard.
First, the overall average was 52% across the 1000 plus churches that responded to the survey. BUT ALWAYS BEWARE OF AVERAGES!
The figure is the total percentage of all dollars expended divided by the total income of the church. Note below for the challenge that creates for some churches.
Previous readers of my posts know that averages generally deceive you because causal readers assign them to be normative. Averages are only one guide when looking at these types of issues. We also provide percentiles for these percentages by church size in the free report. But even those can be deceptive.
Second, notice that across all the church sizes the figure is remarkably consistent at around that number. A few size ranges are higher, and a few are lower. So, for example, the 50th percentile at a church 3000-3999 in attendance is 53%, while the 50th percentile for churches 500-1000 is also right 52% for US churches. There are slight adjustments at churches that are very large, but very little.
Third, the challenge for many churches is they look at total staffing costs = salaries (and perhaps housing), and don’t include other compensation costs such as insurances and other benefits. We attempted in the way we specifically asked questions this time around to get the TOTAL of all dollars that go to supporting staff in the church.
Fourth, the report asked for staff members: “What do you pay them all in?” (or we computed with benefit ratios for those that did not.) We then asked the previous year’s actual 12 month income to compute the figure.
In my experience, some churches look at this in a different way. They look at what they set as a congregationally approved BUDGET of income and expenses instead of actual. For example, the church may have a stated goal BUDGET income of $4,000,000 for the coming year. They then add up all the staffing costs and compare that to the total. For instance, let’s say they set all compensation at $2,000,000 making their staffing percentage 50%.
But then reality hits and that year their income was closer to $3,600,000 instead of the goal of $ 4M. Their actual percentage which makes their actual percentage closer to the 56% range.
To make matters more interesting the church leadership continues to believe and proclaim that they spend no more than 50%. Churches are funny about that sometimes.
In my next post I will state why I think focusing on these figures is a little misleading on the whole anyway. But we get asked this question a lot and did want to provide some insight to your questions.
You can get the FREE overarching report “Seven Vital Benchmarks in Church Compensation” at leadnet.org/salary. Also on that page you can learn about our other reports to help your church set compensation at appropriate levels for your team.
If I can help address your questions, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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