Updated Compensation and Benefit Guidelines for Congregations Now Available

On our CONGREGATIONAL RESOURCES PAGE you will find the 2024 Suggested Compensation and Benefit Guidelines, which have been updated from the previous year. 

Please review the guidelines carefully as there have been a number of important changes. The guidelines have been developed as a resource to assist you in your objective evaluation of compensation and benefits for the upcoming year. Also included on page 10 are the links for you to access the Concordia Plan Services Compensation Decision Support Tool, providing another resource for you to use in your compensation and benefits analysis.

The guidelines are developed through periodic review and evaluation of a number of resources including: adjacent and similar sized Districts and their base compensation recommendations; local economic and environmental conditions; Concordia Plan Services reports on compensation averages by District; Concordia Plan Services benefit costs; input and feedback from congregations and schools; and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In recent years we have worked to bring our base compensation to a level more comparable with other resources including similar Districts. Our adjustment in base salary included in the 2024 guidelines reflects an increase of approximately 5.0% consistent with our review and evaluation.

Stewardship principles require us to balance the needs of the congregation/school ministry with the needs of our workers. We should not and cannot balance the budget on the backs of our workers. At the same time, we must be good stewards of the resources that God provides for ministry in our place and time. Therefore, it is critical that we seek God’s will as we balance the needs of the ministry with the needs of the worker. The determination of compensation and benefits for a worker should include evaluation of the total employment package. Therefore, I encourage you to evaluate both the compensation and the Concordia Plan Services benefits together when establishing your new overall compensation and benefit plan for the upcoming year.

Please note: Information on compensation and benefits guidelines for both vacancy and supply (guest) pastors can also be found in the Compensation and Benefits Guidelines document.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact District treasurer Elijah Luebbe at the Nebraska District LCMS Office at elijahl@ndlcms.org.

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   Contact Nate at 913-221-8999 or nate.meier@lcef.org with your questions about the many services LCEF offers, as well as finance and stewardship issues. More information about LCEF is available on our website.