The Synod Council sets guidelines for pulpit supply rates and the Office of the Bishop provides a list of leaders available for pulpit supply.
The Rocky Mountain Synod Council provides compensation guidelines for rostered ministers serving in this synod. The guidelines worksheets propose salary in a range: low to high, rather than a single target number. 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.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.
A sabbatical offers opportunity to get off the treadmill and provides an opportunity for renewal of vision and hope. It’s more than just a chance to recharge your batteries for another year. It can be a life and soul-changing time, a time when perspective and the Holy Spirit can come together. The bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod strongly encourages congregations to adopt policies allowing for sabbaticals for both pastors and deacons. The following guidelines will help you as you do that planning.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning, by A. Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff.