It is September now — but the Annual Meeting is coming!
Use the Terms of Call Worksheet!
Now is the time when finance committees, trustees, and sessions are working on the 2023 budget. One of the more significant budget items every year is pastors’ compensation. It is important enough that the compensation for installed pastors has to be voted upon by the congregation at your annual meeting. While the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry presents minimum terms of call and cost of living increases, and your session will make its recommendations to the congregation, our responsibility as clerks remains clarity and communication.
The best way to make sure that everyone is on the same page is to use the Terms of Call worksheet, which itemizes pastoral compensation from A-Z. This way, your pastor, congregation, and the Committee on Ministry all know what was agreed upon. We always hope there won’t be any questions later, but if there are, this is one agreed-upon document to which you can turn. This is why the Terms of Call worksheet is required, even if there has not been a change since the prior year.
The 2023 Terms of Call Worksheet will be available in mid-October and will be emailed to each of you.