"Anglican clergy are paid less than clergy in many other churches according to an interim report on compensation conducted for the Anglican Church". "The survey shows that a broad range of pay practices and policies exists throughout the church. Generally, dioceses provide only minimum pay guidelines for a parish which then sets a stipend according to its ability and the degree of satisfaction with the incumbent. Actual stipends paid to clergy range from $14,244 to $45,000, the study shows. ... Bishops' stipends range from $22,625 to $50,654, with an average of $32,530, according to the study undertaken by the management consultant firm of Woods Gordon and presented to National Executive Council in November ". "A major objective of the study was to identify and understand the issues which affect compensation policies and practices and determine their impact on bishops, clergy and lay employees of the church". "A document, 'Principles of a Healthy Remuneration System', was approved by General Synod in 1986 to provide a framework upon which compensation standards could be set".
The final report on Compensation Policies and Practices from the consultants, Woods Gordon, was distributed.
The Right Reverend Gary Woolsey outlined the format of the presentation and advised that two committees had been formed (Steering and Editorial) to deal with the recommendations at the consultation, which will follow this meeting of the National Executive Council.
Mr. Paul Barton discussed the final recommendations and both he and Ms. Lynda Mungall responded to questions throughout the presentation.
That the report of the Compensation Consultants be received and commended to the National Compensation Consultation to develop strategies for implementation of the recommendations. CARRIED #31-03-89
(a) adopt the Report of the Committee on Ministry regarding the Woods Gordon recommendation 3.2, concerning the measurement of the performance of an incumbent and parish;
(b) affirm the principle of performance evaluation as a means of assisting clergy and congregations in their ministry;
(c) commend the report to dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces, and encourage them to take necessary initiatives for its implementation in their congregations; and
(d) request the Committee on Ministry to monitor developments in this regard.
The mover and seconder agreed to delete the words "incumbent and parish" at the end of section (a) and replace them with "of the person in ministry and the ministry context."
Moved by: Mrs. C. Betts
Seconded by: Ven. F. Gosse
That the words "performance" in (a) and "performance evaluation" in (b) be deleted and the wording "assessment of ministry in parishes" be added.
Motion to Table
That the above resolution A-81, and also A-82, be tabled pending clarification of the wording. CARRIED Act 81
(See page 89.)
The tabled motion, as revised, was returned (see pages 79-80). It reads:
That this General Synod:
(a) affirm the principle of performance evaluation (ie. performance planning and review) as a means of assisting professional ministers, ordained and lay, and those with whom they serve (eg. dioceses, congregations, other communities);
(b) commend the Report of the Committee on Ministry concerning the Woods Gordon recommendation 3.2 to the dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces and encourage them to take initiatives necessary for its implementation; and
(c) request the Committee on Ministry to monitor developments in this regard. CARRIED Act 91
"A total of 15 recommendations in the interim report on compensation policies and practices which accompany a study by management consultants Woods Gordon was approved by National Executive Council". Article lists eight recommendations including: "1. Develop a structure of recommended minimum and maximum stipends to allow dioceses to develop their own structures using these ranges. 2. Develop a uniform benefits package ... 3. Increase pay levels in order to provide compensation more in keeping with those in other major churches in Canada. 4. Examine the pension plan to determine the adequacy of benefit levels ...".
In answer to a question regarding the minimum stipend for 1988, it was advised that this was $16,596.
Bishop Woolsey then presented the Stipend Sub-Committee reprt regarding the Compensation Study.
1. That Woods Gordon be asked to conduct a study of, and make recommendations on, stipends, allowances and employee benefits of bishops, clergy and lay employees of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED #55-05-88