Accountability and Clarity in Salary Grid


"The BOT recommends that Synod 2012 adopt the salary grid as detailed below for use in fiscal year 2012-2013. The Board is proposing a 3 percent increase over 2012"

This what I read in the 2012 Synod Agenda supplement. It goes on to list the upper and lower Salary ranges at the denominational level. I am assuming this refers to staff and management in GR and in Burlington, Canada. Correct me if I have this wrong. It does not show who is being paid how much and for what position.

In Ontario, Canada, we have what is referred too as the "Sunshine Law" in which all public servants and those who work for "crown Corporations" and have a salary over $100,000.00 annually have their names and positions published once a year. This has resulted in some degree of openness and accountability. It has also shown some shocking instances of people making far too much, positions eliminated, and embarrassed management fired.

I think it's a good thing and our church should do at least as much. The people in the pew deserve clarity.

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in the U.S., IRS 990 forms provide similar information. Interestingly, when checking on Guidestar, CRWRC's are available but I did not see other agencies or CRCNA.

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One of the practical results of the "religious freedom" clause of the US First Amendment (to the Constitution) is that churches don't have to file forms 990.  CRWRC must, I expect, because it is not a church.  It is a separate, public benefit/charitable corporation (thus, 501c3 qualified/recognized), but not a church.

Which means, among other things, that Guidestar will never have these figures for the CRCNA (including its agencies), nor for any other church for that matters.  Such figures would only be published if the CRCNA decided to publish them.

As a matter of policy, I think most local churches make all expense information (including salaries of pastors and others) openly available to members.  I would think doing the same at the denominational level (to CRC Members) would be the wiser path to follow.  Transparency is almost always a good thing for non-profits (churches included).

Well then. This Synod or the ED should do the right thing and provide more transparency on Compensation. Let's do the right thing and get er done!