Equitable Compensation Application

The Commission on Equitable Compensation exists to assist churches who are in need of financial support on a short term basis. It is the goal of Equitable Compensation to see transformation come through the implementation of new vision by making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

This application is for Equitable Compensation funding for Fiscal Year 2018

Please read through the application fully before you begin. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to your registration. If you need to make adjustments, please click the link and then click "Edit My Registration" at the top of the page. This will allow you to make any necessary changes without having to submit a new application.

The application deadline is April 1, 2017.

Please note: Monthly Missional Vital Signs (MVS) reporting will be required in order to receive funding. Churches who fail to submit MVS reports will NOT receive funds until reports are submitted.

*Name of person filling out this application

First and last name

**Please enter the pastor's first and last name below.**

*First Name
*Last Name
*Email
*District
*Church
*City
*Is the pastor serving full time or part time?
Full time
Part time
*Is the pastor on appointment under paragraph 346.1 or 346.2?
Yes
No
*Does the pastor live within the bounds of the charge?
Yes
No
*How many churches are on the charge?
*What is the charge's current membership?
*What is the average worship attendance for the current year?

**Guidelines call for an average worship attendance of 100.**

*What was last year's average worship attendance?
*What was the average worship attendance (2) years ago?
*How many years has this charge been receiving Conference support?

i.e. Equitable Compensation, NCD Funding, etc.

*Under which category is the pastor applying for Minimum Salary Support Funds?

**Total salary listed below should not exceed the chosen category level**

Ministry in Full Connection with MDiv or equivalent ($43,500)
Provisional Member with MDiv or equivalent ($41,100)
Associate Members ($39,900)
Full time Local Pastor with 5 or more years Course of Study ($38,700)
Full time Local Pastor with less than 5 years Course of Study ($37,700)
Other
*Are you requesting support for this charge as a Missional Situation?

If yes, please complete the "Missional Situation" section below. 

Yes
No
*Are you requesting support for this charge as a Haitian or Hispanic Congregation?

If yes, please complete the "Haitian-Hispanic Ministries Fund" section below.

Yes
No
*What is the approved salary from all sources?
*What amount of salary income is to be paid by the charge?
*Equitable Compensation salary support requested:

**Maximum 20% of minimum salary**

*Missional situation support requested:

A Missional Situation may receive $2,000 per year. An additional $2,000 may be granted in exceptional circumstances.

*Haitian/Hispanic Ministries support requested:

A maximum supplement of $2,000 is available for pastors of Haitian or Hispanic congregations that meet the other Equitable Compensation Guidelines.

Total salary support requested:
Total salary to be paid:
Other Requests (For churches whose total salary support is at or near minimum)
*How much is requested from Parsonage Funds?

A maximum of $3,600 for a full time pastor and $1,800 for a part time pastor may be applied for to aid in purchasing and/or upgrading charge owned parsonages.

*How much is requested for Utilities?

It is recommended that each local chuch pay the pastor's utilities. In hardship cases,up to $720 may be requested.

*How much is requested for Health Insurance?

Up to $6,000 may be requested to offset the amount paid to the pastor for health insurance.

*How much is requested for Moving Expenses?

It is recommended that receiving churches pay actual moving expenses within the bounds of the Florida Annual Conference. In hardship cases, 75% of the total costs or up to $500 may be requested. Moving expenses are only available in the year of a move.

*How much is requested for Ministry Funds?
*Ministry funds justification (if applicable)

Please explain how these funds will be used.

*If your church has a reimbursable account, how much is designated?

Charges receiving Equitable Compensation funds may establish a reimbursable account up to $2,000 paid for by the church.

Salary Reduction for Pension Purposes

Note: Clergy receiving equitable compensation may designate a portion of their compensation to the before-tax contribution to the pension program.

*Outstanding Balances

If there are outstanding balances owed on any of the following items, please check these off here.

Church's portion of the salary of the pastor
Health insurance premiums
Property and casualty premiums
Pension premiums
Workers' Compensation premiums
"Clergy Support" line item from apportionments
None
*Is your congregation making plans to move toward financial independence in the years ahead?

"Each church or charge has an obligation to pay the full compensation, as approved by the charge conference, to its pastor(s)." (2012 Discipline, paragraph 625)

Yes
No
Ministry Plan
*Initial Plan Year:
*Update:
*Date Completed:
*Vision Statement:
*Mission Statement:
*Membership:
*Attendance:

MINISTRY PLAN (Used to demonstrate the need for assistance and how the church/mission is working toward self-sufficiency.)

*Highlights:
First year
Update
*A.
*B.
*C.
*D.
Missional Situation
For period beginning:
Date when funding was first received:
Has funding been continuous?
Yes
No
No answer
Describe the Missional Situation

If you believe the above named charge satisfies the conditions outlined in the "GUIDELINES FOR EQUITABLE COMPENSATION", describe the situation briefly (including such information as constituency, membership in church and Sunday School, and average attendance in both), and the reasons why it should be funded below.

Haitian-Hispanic Ministries Fund
For period beginning:
Date when funding was first received:
Has funding been continuous?
Yes
No
No answer
Describe your Haitian-Hispanic Ministry

If you believe the above named charge satisfies the conditions outlined in the "GUIDELINES FOR EQUITABLE COMPENSATION", describe the situation briefly (including such information as constituency, membership in church and Sunday School, and average attendance in both), and the reasons why it should be funded below.

Transformational Congregations
Transformational Congregation support requested:

**A congregation may apply for Equitable Salary Support or for one of three Transformational Congregation Grants but NOT both.**

Describe your Transformational Congregation

The "GUIDELINES FOR EQUITABLE COMPENSATION" spell out what is required for Transforming Congregation Funding. If funds are requested for one of the three Transformational grants available, please describe how this request warrants this investment by the Conference.

Exceptions
If there are any exceptions to the stated criteria, please explain below:
Attachments
Please download and submit this form with signatures

Click here to download the signature form. This should be signed by both the pastor and the Chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

Please attach a copy of your Financial Statement.

This includes 1) The Previous Year's Budget and 2) Income & Expense Statement for the Previous Year

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

Please attach a copy of your congregation's Stewardship Commitment Plan

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

Please attach your church's Missional Vital Signs Yearly Snapshot for the previous year to date

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

Please attach the Transformational Congregations Leadership Covenant (if applicable)

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

To Be Completed by District Superintendent
District recommended Salary Support in addition to the above:

Recommended at 20% of minimum salary. (Not required)

If this is the first year of support:

Please upload a letter from the District Superintendent that spells out the missional reason for the request and the projected timeline for support.

Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

Priority Rank

Please rank each of your requests in the order you hope they will be considered by the committee. This will become important if there are not enough funds available.

Ex: "______ of ______ requests"

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