The Pastor’s Removal Fund exists to assist with removal expenses incurred in relocating Registered Pastors.
The concept behind the Pastor’s Removal Fund is that when a church calls a new pastor, it is traditional for the church to fund the pastor’s removal costs to move into their district.
Considering this cost can be very expensive, Queensland Baptists set up a fund where the church contributes year by year, and then can claim back a proportion of the removal costs (up to 75%) when they pay the costs on behalf of the pastor.
All churches, MTQ churches and fellowships in affiliation with Queensland Baptists are eligible to make a claim of the fund.
The annual contribution to the Fund is set by the Administrative Services Group. The current subscription is $250 per pastor, per annum. Churches may claim 75% of the total removal costs to a maximum of $4000 every four years. Membership of the Removal Fund is optional for churches.
There is also a National Fund which may be claimed from, administered by the Australian Baptists, which is especially pertinent for churches in remote parts of the state.
It is a good idea to discuss any imminent call of a pastor which may involve a move with Administrative Services, so that if an application to the National Fund is preferable, eligibility can be assessed.
To make a claim of the Queensland Baptists Pastor’s Removal Fund, please complete the form and return (including copies of receipts) to Administrative Services on firstname.lastname@example.org or post to PO box 6166, Mitchelton QLD 4053.
All enquiries relating to the Pastor’s Removal Fund can be made to Administrative Services, email@example.com or 07 3354 5648.