The Michigan Conference Human Resources Committee conducted a survey in the fall of 2016; we received 66 responses.

In analyzing the data from the responses, we were concerned about the number of benefits that our clergy are lacking. While understanding that churches have their own financial issues, congregations need to be aware that some clergy are living near poverty levels.

We have reviewed our survey and made results available below. Please read this information, and discuss it with your pastoral teams. Ideally, your Pastoral Relations Committee would be the one to start with, as well as your Personnel Board.

Summary - 2016 Survey Results

We invite pastors and church treasurers to share this letter with church finance committees, and other appropriate boards. Encourage them to prayerfully consider how the survey results impact their pastor, and then to give a compassionate response.

Because 40% of responding pastors do not have either a Pastoral Relations Committee or a Personnel Board, the Conference Human Resources Committee's next project is to help resource congregations on how to form a Pastoral Relations Committee. In addition to this project, we will explore the possibility of how the Conference might play a role in helping churches to secure key benefits for pastors. The Human Resources Committee is willing to provide people who could visit congregations to further discuss the issues surfaced by the survey.

We are confident that each church loves their pastor, and desires their wholeness and well-being. 

In Peace and Blessing,

The Human Resources Committee of the Michigan Conference

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