per cent of budget that should be pastor total compensation

by lmay
(morehead city nc)

How much should the pastor/priest be paid in a 300 of less member church. Is there a percentage guideline?

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Jun 30, 2015
Percentage pay for pastor???
by: Lewis in NC

The church exists as a nonprofit agency and has a "mission to share the Gospel and do good in the communities".

It is probably not a good idea to have a set percentage of church revenue as pastor compensation.

The question of how much to pay the pastor should be a negotiated amount between the church and the pastor, and the consequential percentage is going to be most likely relevant to the life and growth of the church.

As you negotiate the compensation of the pastor keep in mind the housing allowance that is still afforded by our U.S Govt. and use it as an intended enhancement to his/her salary and (in my opinion) not do an additional cash allowance to salary as some churches have started--as the IRC 107 was established to help churches better afford their ministers.

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