The issue of staff compensation is one that comes up in every coaching network I lead. There's no doubt it's a complex issue and there's no one size fits all answer.
Having said that, there's 3 questions that should drive all staff compensation discussions:
1. What do you do?
2. How well do you do it?
3. What would it cost to replace you?
As far as I'm concerned, these are the most important compensation questions. One of my philosophies is that not every job is a career. While a custodian is an important job for any church with a building, it's hard to feed a family of 5 on that salary. Why? Because that job was never meant to be a career.
That's why assessing the position is so important. Then looking at their performance and then their value to the organization makes sense.
I believe we need to do the most with each dollar that's entrusted to us. And with staffing being the line item that takes up the most dollars, we need to make sure we have the best staff possible.