As servant-leaders of our congregation, we want to be faithful, responsible, caring and encouraging toward those who are called to serve in paid staff positions. Did you know that the following statements are included as part of the Terms of Call for our pastor and associate pastors?:
…we commit to support you and your family in prayer, in participation in the work of ministry, and in your material needs.
…We commit to continue this remuneration as long as you continue as our Pastor/Associate Pastor. We commit to review this pledge annually in a manner specified in the bylaws and/or policies of this church, and adjust it appropriately (considering all applicable factors, including changes in cost of living).
These are commitments we take seriously, and believe extend to all the paid staff serving at Covenant.
So, at our congregational meeting, Session shared our commitment to the spending plan presented by the Trustees for ’23-’24, subject to a six-month review, with the intention of adding in an appropriate salary increase on January 1, 2024. The exact percentages and distributions would be determined by that review. Our hope is that this will allow the congregation to examine their giving in light of the desire to provide increases, and provide a “phasing in” of a budget increase.
This commitment has important implications for budgeting in the years to come. It also represents another “Next Step” in our life together! We believe this is an important area of growth for us, and continue to look to the Lord for wisdom and guidance as we consider it. We’ll be sharing more during the November 19, 2023, worship services, and invite any questions or thoughts you may have!
For the Session,