Podcast Episode #206
We discuss a recent post on pastor and staff benefits. These points come from Richard Hammar’s 2016-2017 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Too many pastors are retiring and have little to no retirement savings.
- I’m very concerned about many of our pastors who are in poverty when they retire.
- If you have an automobile allowance for your pastor or staff, that needs to be a reimbursement instead.
- Pastors put more miles on their car than 80% of other vocations.
- If your church doesn’t provide auto reimbursement, you’re essentially reducing the salary of the pastor and staff.
- Life and disability insurance are very low cost benefits churches should look to provide to staff.
The seven concerns we share about pastoral staff benefits are:
- Fewer than half of solo pastors receive any health insurance benefits.
- Almost three-fourths of full-time worship/music leaders receive health insurance benefits.
- Many full-time church staff receive no retirement benefits.
- Almost all full-time staff get paid vacations.
- Only six in ten full-time pastors and staff get any type of automobile reimbursement.
- Very few full-time ministry staff receive either life insurance or disability insurance.
- The parsonage as a benefit has all but disappeared.
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