Southern Baptists are adding more churches but serving fewer members who are giving fewer dollars, 2014 data compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources shows.
Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation, according to the SBC Church Compensation Study, an in-depth survey of 12,907 staff members in Southern Baptist churches.
Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources approved including additional property in the sale of Glorieta Conference Center, elected a new technology vice president, and received an encouraging report from Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO.
“Significant changes have taken place at LifeWay over the last eight years,” Rainer told the trustees assembled at Ridgecrest Conference Center. “Had we not made these changes, LifeWay would be in serious trouble today.”