It is merely a matter of time before the salaries and compensation packages of the Executive Elders become public. Members have asked what those salaries are, but no answers have been forthcoming. Some members who have asked have in return been asked to leave the church.
To prepare the reader for the eventual news of how much Mark Driscoll, as lead pastor is paid, as well as Sutton Turner and Dave Bruskas, I thought that I would give you the comparative salaries of some key top executives who run some pretty substantial organizations.
|Organization||Top Executive||Salary||Benefits||Total||Total Revenue|
|World Vision||Richard Stearns||$405,975||$50,743||$456,718||$1,009,722,239|
|Samaritan’s Purse||Franklin Graham||$440,927||$181,325||$622,252||$456,140,314|
|Medical Teams Intl||Bastian Vanderzalm||$156,652||$28,892||$185,544||$150,000,000|
|Doctors without Borders||Sophie Delaunay||$142,015||$15,977||$157,992||$200,000,000|
Note that the average revenue for these groups is $288 million dollars per year. The average salary and benefits for the CEO is $309,000.
To put this in perspective, Mars Hill Church’s revenue in 2013 was just over $20 million. This is a fraction of the average of the above organizations.
So, when you eventually hear what Mark Driscoll earns, keep in mind that the average leaders of the above large nonprofit organizations, who are managing organizations substantially larger than the size of Mars Hill Church in every respect, earn an average of $309,000 in salary and benefits per year.