Ministerial Remuneration Guidelines for Registered Ministers
The following guidelines and procedures are provided for the assistance for churches and ministers to set an acceptable basis for negotiation between registered ministers and churches as part of the pastoral call process.
All matters relating to a minister’s call are based on mutual agreement and trust with both parties seeking to know both God’s will in the situation and that the other is satisfied with the arrangements.
This document covers in detail the following areas:
- Preparing a Remuneration Package
- The Remuneration Benchmark
- Adjustments to the Remuneration Benchmark
- Updates to the Remuneration Benchmark
- Exempt Fringe Benefits
- Reporting Income – Implications of Exempt Benefits
- Other Issues Regarding Remuneration / Benefits
- Documenting Remuneration, Terms and Conditions
- Processing Ministerial Exempt Fringe Benefits
- Unregistered Employees
- Recommended Reimbursement for Guest Speakers
- Historical Remuneration Guidelines
Churches may employ people who are not registered ministers (with Queensland Baptists) to perform a variety of pastoral and non-pastoral responsibilities.
Where staff members are employed in non-pastoral roles – such as clerical or maintenance staff – it is recommended that equivalence is made with industry awards or standards, such as the clerical award.
You can find useful information at Fair Work Online website, although it is notable that some “modern awards” still use terminology only defined in the pre-modern awards. For example – clerical/administrative staff should be remunerated under the pay and conditions detailed in the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010, but to determine the “Level” number for a particular employee, it is still necessary to refer back to the State Clerical Employee’s Award 2002.
Once a reliable benchmark has been determined, it may be helpful to convert this into an equivalent proportion of the QB Remuneration Guideline figure, as this will mean all employees will receive remuneration adjustments at the same time.
Employees who are engaged in pastoral roles but are not registered with Queensland Baptists would need to have their remuneration packages negotiated individually depending on their training, experience and responsibilities.
Should you have any questions regarding Recommended Stipends or remuneration in general, please contact Administrative Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3354 5648.