Southeastern Synod ELCA

Compensation Guidelines

2018 Compensation Guidelines (Approved May 2017)

Proposed 2019 Compensation Guidelines (Pending approval by the 2018 Synod Assembly)

ELCA Definition of Compensation and Benefits for a Pastor

Instructions for Completing the Definition of Compensation and Benefits Form for a Pastor

  • This form is completed when a pastor is being called and reflects the compensation offered to a pastor at the time of call.  It should be included as part of the ballot when a congregation votes to call a pastor.
  • This form should also be revisited annually by the pastor and the congregation Council.  Both the compensation and the special emphases noted on the previous Definition of Compensation and Benefits Form should be evaluated.  This is best done as part of an annual ministry review process. Anytime this form changes, a copy should be sent to the synod office for the congregation's and the rostered minister's file.

ELCA Definition of Compensation and Benefits for a Deacon

Instructions for Completing the Definition of Compensation and Benefits Form for a Deacon

  • This form is completed when a deacon is being called and reflects the compensation offered to a deacon at the time of call.  It should be included as part of the ballot when a congregation votes to call a deacon.
  • This form should also be revisited annually by the deacon and the congregation Council.  Both the compensation and the special emphases noted on the previous Definition of Compensation and Benefits Form should be evaluated.  This is best done as part of an annual ministry review process. Anytime this form changes, a copy should be sent to the synod office for the congregation's and the rostered minister's file.

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