Clergy compensation includes cash salary and housing. The church shall also provide an accountable reimbursement fund (including mileage reimbursement). Benefits are available based on whether the position is full-time, three-quarter time, half-time or quarter time -- and whether the clergy person is or is not retired. If the clergy person is retired, go to the Retired Clergy link. Once base compensation is setlled, the clergy person can allocate their cash salary in different ways.
For 2021, the Annual Conference Session approved a new way of thinking about base compensation. We used to have two minimums: one for cash salary, and one for housing allowance, if that applied. This year there is a minimum base compensation when a parsonage is provided, and a separate minimum base compensation (higher) where a parsonage is not provided. Where a parsonage is not provided, the clergy person will allocate an amount for housing allowance appropriate for their situation. Be sure to read the new Equitable Compensation Guidelines for 2021.
The following resources will be helpful as you prepare:
- Equitable Compensation Guidelines 2021
- Clergy Housing Standards
- Housing and Housing-Related Allowances Worksheet 2021
- Request for Housing Exemption
- Sample Accountable Reimbursement Policy
- Accountable Reimbursement Worksheet
- IRS information re business mileage rate
If you want to sketch out different numbers and scenarios, you can use one or more of the following worksheets before you enter information in the online compensation information entry form:
- 2021 clergy compensation worksheet - housing is parsonage Excel Word
- 2021 clergy compensation worksheet - housing is cash Excel Word
- 2021 clergy compensation allocation worksheet Excel
Questions? Contact your district office or the Conference Benefits office:
Cascadia District Office, Linda Grund-Clampit - District AA, email@example.com (503) 581-3969
Columbia District Office, Brandon Rhodes - District AA, firstname.lastname@example.org (503) 802-9227
Crater Lake District Office, Sheri Konowitz - District AA, email@example.com (541) 689-3725
Sage District Office, Terri Bartish - District AA, firstname.lastname@example.org (503) 802-9225
For questions regarding benefits, contact Meg Kau, Conference HR/Benefits Specialist, email@example.com, (503) 802-9224.