Benefits, Expenses, and Additional Notes

Employee Benefits

In addition to the cash salary paid to each pastor, he/she shall be provided the following:

1. Parsonage. A parsonage or adequate cash rental allowance so the pastor can rent a house in the immediate area of the local church.

2. Utilities. All utilities – heat, electricity, water, sewage, garbage collection, gas or other fuel, water treatment (if necessary), and basic telephone service (excluding personal long distance calls).

3. SECA. At least one-half of the SECA tax on the salary/housing package.

4. Insurance. Health insurance as provided through the local church.

5. Disability. Disability insurance as provided through the local church.

6. Pension. Contribution to the Pastor’s Pension Program provided through the National Conference.

7. Vacation. The minimum vacation policy established by the National Conference is based upon years of service within the United Brethren in Christ Church:

1 to 10 years–three weeks.
11-19 years–four weeks.
20 plus years–five weeks.

Employee Business Expenses

1. Professional Ministry Expense Reimbursement. Professional ministry expense reimbursement—home entertainment, professional dues, professional education, periodicals, subscriptions, ministerial luncheons, civic activities, etc. (Each local church must adopt its own qualified reimbursement plan in order to comply with IRS codes. The pastor should work together with local leadership in structuring the compensation/ reimbursement package to maximize the tax benefits to both the pastor and the local church.)

2. Conventions/Seminars. Convention/conference expense reimbursement—to cover the costs of the National Conference for attendance at its sessions. Also, provides for participation in seminars and workshops designed to provide personal ministry to the pastor.

3. Mileage. Mileage reimbursement will be established at an agreed upon rate between pastor and the church for the actual miles driven in church related activities. Also tolls and parking fees shall be paid upon proper documentation. It is recommended that mileage reimbursement be paid from a log turned into the church treasurer.

Notes on the Salary Compensation Formula

1. If a church cannot meet these guidelines, a pastor may pursue supplemental employment.

2. The Suggested Standard Base Salary assumes a person holding a ministerial license and a bachelor’s degree, with no
years of ministerial service, providing full-time service to a local congregation of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

3. The suggested base salary for lead/solo pastors not having a national conference ministerial license and a bachelor’s degree shall be 85% of the Suggested Standard Base Salary. They are entitled to other applicable standard adjustments and additional compensation considerations mentioned here.

4. The suggested base salary for associate/assistant pastors (must have a ministerial license and a bachelor’s degree) shall be 90% of the Suggested Standard Base Salary. They are entitled to other applicable standard adjustments and additional compensation considerations mentioned here. It is recommended that the total compensation for any associate/assistant pastoral staffperson not exceed 90% of the lead pastor’s total compensation.

5. Each year the Executive Leadership Team will review the Suggested Standard Base Salary and the standard adjustment factors.

6. That Cluster Leaders at the time of assigning a pastor to a local congregation establish the Adjusted Standard Base Salary for the pastor at that church. That Cluster Leaders assist the local pastors and local leadership teams in determining the Adjusted Standard Base Salary and any additional increases.

7. The Personnel Team of each local church is responsible to establish their own criteria for granting additional compensation beyond the Adjusted Standard Base Salary.