Beckwith Hills CRC is seeking an experienced pastor to serve as Interim Pastor beginning on November 27, 2022. This position would require an approximate 6-9 month commitment as we transition between fulltime pastors.
Interim Pastor Job Description - Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church
- ordained Minister of the Word in the CRCNA
- believes in the inerrant and infallible Word of God.
- experienced in preaching and pastoral care
- available starting November 27 (Advent) and is willing to commit for six to nine months.
Duties and responsibilities:
- preach three to four Sunday mornings with the exception of Mission Emphasis Sunday.
- offer the congregational prayer once a month
- administer communion on scheduled Sundays, as well as Maundy Thursday, April 6
- participate in worship planning with the Director of Music and Worship monthly
- officiate at baptisms as needed
- officiate at member funerals as needed
- provide sermon text and themes for the Director of Worship and Music three weeks prior to each service
- provide emergency pastoral care in situations such as hospitalizations or death in the family or situations where the elder or Household of Faith requests additional assistance
- provide informed objective observations and suggestions to the pastor search committee
- spend time getting to know the congregation, listening to them and caring for the church family
- Housing is not readily available, help can be provided if needed
- a weekly stipend of $625 will be provided, paid once per month
- mileage for church-related travel will be paid at 62.5c per mile
- Sunday services where preaching is not required will result in a $200 reduction in compensation to pay for pulpit supply.
Please contact Doug Vanderwell with inquiries at 616-460-6584 or [email protected]
In the Phoenix area, where I live, the rate is between 150 and 300.
In NW Washington it is $125-150.
I did pulpit supply last Sunday and received a check for $258.96. It included mileage from my house which is about 5 miles away from the church. I preached both the 9 am and 11 am service and led the Bible study between services. I am in the Chicago land area. Rev. Marjorie
$100.00 + mileage
Pastor Earl J
North Central KS USA
Although the "regional rates" are interesting, a "rational basis or policy guide" might be of greater use to determine the "fair & consistant" amount for travel, sermon preparation, communion, baptism & worship leadership".....etc.
A council in Canada twice required a 10 cent refund from their pastor when on classical pulpit suppliy he received $4 travel only compensation and the train ticket was $3.90. The 3rd time he was unanimously directed to keep it & buy a good cigar. Now they had a "policy" & they were paying his FULL salary!
The congregation I served most recently had Two morning services. Our policy was $300 for the morning if the pastor chose his/her own text. If we requested a text to be part of a series we paid $500.
My experience in preaching in West Michigan is typical compensation is 100.00 to 150.00
One way to think through this is how many hours you expect the pastor to spend preparing and delivering the message. For a sermon where I pick my own text I have the option of choosing a text I've already studied fairly deeply. I spend about three hours in preparation: reviewing my study, rewriting or updating an existing sermon, and practicing out loud. Then the service lasts an hour. So four hours total.
If I am given a text I haven't studied deeply before then I require at least a month's notice and I will average about 12 hours of total work for study, writing, practice, and delivery.
I'd like to ask What are some similar professions? How much would you pay in labor for an hour of their work? But honestly most of a pastor's pay is simply in the reward of the work itself. So instead, maybe the best question is, How much would you like to compensate the pastor's family for the time he/she spent preparing the message for you?
Scott - now that is an excellent answer & helpful in making a fair reasoned decision. Is it fair to estimate that a minister works around 2,000 hours/year, then divide the "average, local, annual" wage by 2K as a fair hour rate of compensation + travel? [Sample: $60,000/2,000x4 hours=$________?]. I realize "# of hours" is the difficult figure to know. Thanks for sharing yours!
Jeff - I think that's pretty fair. I would say most minister's work more hours than that in a year. And it's probably worth double checking whether the pulpit supply is getting paid more than the regular pastor for time on a sermon. So in smaller churches I think it's fine to lower the total a bit. But your calculation comes in around what's normal in West Michigan right now.
I should also mention that many of us would be happier to preach for what a church can honestly afford. If I go to a church in a very poor area I don't want the Word of God to be a burden. Some of the smallest paychecks have nearly brought me to tears because of the generosity and sacrifice behind them. But when I'm in a church with a handful of other professionals that charge hundreds/hour for their services then I start to wonder what we're saying about the value of God's Word with how little the preacher gets paid.
Thanks to Scott for his excellent reasoned reply. All helpful for good policy creation for fair compensation.
I have been paid up to 400 to 100 at varying churches. Factors like distance and the situation.
The time I was paid 400.00, the church did not have a pastor at the time and I preached for several Sundays.
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