Recent Trends In Church Staff Compensation with Dr. Warren Bird [Podcast]


The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly talks with Warren Bird, one of the nation's top church researchers and Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network.



Dr. Warren Bird is passionate about research and serving church leaders through providing data. The co-author of 28 books, he is one of the nation's leading researchers of church compensation, megachurches, multisite churches, and pastoral succession. He also oversees the world’s only active, sortable list of global megachurches.

At Leadership Network, Warren spearheads research initiatives and oversees a team of researchers, writers, and graphic artists who generate a steady stream of resources for church leaders. Partnering with Vanderbloemen Search Group, Warren is the mastermind behind Leadership Network's Large Church Salary Survey and Report, overseeing all the research and writing the report.

Warren talks with Holly about:

  • The Large Church Salary Report
  • Trends in church staff compensation
  • How church size and budget size affect salaries
  • What percentage of a church budget should go toward compensation
  • How methods of giving affect the amount of giving



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Quotes from Warren:

It's great for churches to learn how others churches are doing things.Tweet: It's great for churches to learn how others churches are doing things. @warrenbird via @VanderbloemenSG's #Vandercast

There are a lot of factors that determine a role's salary.Tweet: There are a lot of factors that determine a role's salary. @warrenbird via @VanderbloemenSG's #Vandercast

The church salary report helps churches plan, make strategic decisions, & benchmark.Tweet: The church salary report helps churches plan & make strategic decisions. @warrenbird via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

It's helpful to look at the rest of the church world & ask, "What's working for them?"Tweet: It's helpful to look at the rest of the church world & ask,


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