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Compensation Guidelines

Compensation Guidelines

These are the current guidelines provide by the Rocky Mountain Synod Council. The guidelines worksheets propose salary in a range: low to high, rather than a single target number, where the calculation sheet recommends a one year salary increase along with considerations for context.  The range takes into consideration the differences in Rocky Mountain Synod cost of living realities based upon regional differences and other suggested salary modifiers for education or previous non-ministry experience. The Guidelines include three documents including separate calculation worksheets for Pastors and Deacons.

  •  Compensation Guidelines - START HERE with the narrative document providing the foundational background information on compensation and benefits for all rostered ministers.
  •  Pastors Worksheet - a worksheet to assist in development of compensation packages for ministers of word and sacrament.
  •  Deacons Worksheet - a worksheet to assist in development of compensation packages for ministers of word and service.

All of these documents are presented as the result of the concerted effort of many to move to a more current, complete and flexible set of compensation guidelines.  These Guidelines are not a mandate.  A compensation committee appointed by the Synod Council reviews the documents and calculation worksheet modifiers each year to recommend any updates for the following year. Guidelines for compensation are just that: guidelines. Different contexts and communities must be taken into consideration, and each congregation should review the documents in light of the congregation's past history.

 

Resource Links:

Example Calculation for Pastors

IRS Tax Guide for Churches & Religious Organizations

Calculators for Pension and Medical

Background on Guidelines Change First Published October 2014