Bishops to Get a 3 Percent Pay Raise in 2015



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Clergy Compensation, including Bishops

From my research on clergy compensation for my Dmin project, “Beginning a Dialogue in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church on Clergy Compensation”, the consensus was that setting clergy compensation is market driven with a lack of intentional theological reflection. Legislation was passed at our last Annual Conference that instructed our commission on equitable compensation to investigate how the following could be incorporated in to the letter that is sent to give guidelines for setting pastors’ compensation. They were also to obtain the letters from other Annual Conferences to see if others were incorporation intentional theology in their letters on clergy compensation. I believe the following applies to all clergy, serving as pastors, including Bishops.

• Love and justice within the gracious presence and power of God are the basis for all of Christian life.
• The Christian goal is not a particular class level or style of life for some, but abundant living for all, with no one living in poverty.
• God knows what a just wage might be, and our challenge is to wrestle with discerning the level that permits living with a balance of material and spiritual necessities.
• Each individual, family, and congregation must discern an appropriate level of clergy compensation for each specific situation, using the core values of love and justice.
• Clergy compensation and lifestyle should be a positive witness to the Gospel, not self-centered or excessive.
• Neighbors should describe clergy lifestyle as simple and loving, always thinking of others and the world about us.

Based of this information this reinforces that the GFCA is not intentionally using theoogy but a market driven set of criteria. The one positive is that all the Bishops in the same geographic/economic area all receive the same compensation.

Dennis Johnson more than 7 years ago


I'm not opposed to the Bishops being compensated appropriately, but when I read, “I think it’s an incentive, a way to encourage them to continue to be faithful to what they are assigned to do,” I grow concerned. I thought it was a calling...I didn't know they had to have incentives. If that's the basis on which we want to determine pay, I'm OK with that, but let's set the increases in revenues, members, people served, etc.

I don't see why pay is not based on some percentage based on the average pay of the people served. I've got to be honest, I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like an African Bishop makes a significantly higher percentage more than the average person in Africa, while I'd say the pay in the U.S., for Florida at least, sounds about right in relation to the pay of the average Floridian.

BJoh more than 7 years ago