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As far as I can tell, our church has never had a written agreement (e.g. a rental agreement) with our pastor in regards to their use of our church's parsonage. Can anyone share with me what you have for such an agreement? Thanks for any help you can provide.


I served 40 years in CRC ministry before retirement five years ago, all but ten of them in a parsonage. We never had a written agreement. Rather, the letter of call outlined what the church would provide (housing, utilities, etc.) and that was that. I'm curious what a formal parsonage agreement would need to include. Who is responsible for repairs and damage? Promise to vacate when leaving service to the church? Has trust so broken that we need something like this now?

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