Pastors, church leaders encouraged to participate in biennial church compensation survey

[row different_values="0"] [col different_values="0" desktop="12"] [html different_values="0" format="ckeditor"]By Roy Hayhurst, Guidestone Financial Resources[/html] [html different_values="0" format="ckeditor"](BP) – Guidestone Financial Resources, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. The survey – the largest free study focused on churches in the United States – is conducted every two years.The survey’s results will be available in early fall, in time for many churches considering their 2025 budgets.Churches of all sizes can utilize the survey’s results to determine comparable wages and benefits. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete at The survey started April 1 and goes on until the end of June.[/html] [col desktop="12" different_values="0" text_align="center" style_margin_bottom="24"] [button icon="fa fa-chain" text="" link="" color_type="0" color="btn-default" target="_blank" different_values="0"] [/button] [/col] [html different_values="0" format="ckeditor"]“The SBC Church Compensation Survey provides a snapshot of what churches across our Convention are doing in paying their pastors and other church staff members,” said GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck. “We want to make sure that churches understand their responsibility to pay the right wage the right way, and so taking this information when it’s available and following best compensation practices will go a long way to help pastors as they seek to be financially secure and resilient servants to the Lord’s churches.”Individual survey results can be contributed anonymously; survey results are not reported individually. Lifeway Research will compile the results once the survey closes on June 30. Survey respondents will receive advance notice of the survey’s availability.Respondents should have the church’s average weekly attendance, membership and 2024 annual budget. Additional information needed to complete the survey is the employees’ yearly salary, the church’s annual contributions to a retirement plan, annual church-paid insurance premiums, annual housing allowance, Social Security offset, and the rental value and utilities for church-provided housing.[/html] [/col] [/row]

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Storms and Tornados in Ohio - May 2019

In the late hours of Memorial Day May 27, 2019 an extremely strong storm system pushed through Ohio. As daylight came Tuesday morning, communities across the state were left reeling as they began coming to terms with the enormous scope of the destruction left in the storm's wake.  Although only one life has been lost so far, there have been numerous injuries in addition to substantial property damage and an immense cleanup need.

Nebraska Floods - March 2019

The state of Nebraska experienced heavy flooding mid-March.  Heavy rains mixed with dense snow pack resulted in historic flood levels as levies and dams across the region was overwhelmed.

The town of Fremont, located just 28 miles from Omaha, saw extensive road closures due to rapidly rising water levels. U.S. Highway 275 that runs between Fremont and Omaha was closed.  Also, U.S. Highway 77 that runs north and south of the city had been closed, and U.S. Highway 30 running east and west of the city was closed.