Budget vs. Staffing: How much should you spend on staff?

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Last week, our President and CEO, Joseph Sangl, hosted a webinar with Tony Morgan of The Unstuck Group to discuss the issue of budgeting for church staff.

It was an incredibly helpful event for so many pastors and church leaders because this is such a felt need in every church. If you missed the event, we wanted to provide you with a brief recap of some of the content we covered.

In a recent study on church trends, The Unstuck Group found, on average, churches are relying on staff substantially more than they used to and are dedicating around 50% of their overall budget to staff.

But is that a healthy ratio?  

Joe and Tony would say yes.  

They shared what a good overall budget model for (most) churches could look like:

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  • 50% of your overall budget towards staffing costs

  • 33% towards operations

  • 17% towards missions

They also addressed questions like:

  1. How do you manage staff costs?

  2. What do you do when staff members are UNDERPAID?

  3. What do you do when staff members are OVERPAID?

  4. When do you need to move someone from a volunteer to a paid staff member?

  5. When do you need to move someone off staff?

If you missed the event but would like to hear the entire conversation, you can still listen HERE

Just click the button below to watch the on-demand replay.