Funds are available to local churches in the Iowa Conference who need help in meeting their pastor’s salary obligations while they pursue planning for their future ministry.
Missional grants of up to 20% of the minimum compensation for pastors are given to enable strategic ministry where the skills of the pastor and/or the demands of the situation indicate a special need. Opportunities for applying these monies include new church development, cooperative parish realignments, inner-city outreach, and rural ministry, to name a few possibilities. While other uses of equitable compensation funds are typically limited to a three-year period, these grants do not have a specific term of duration.
The Iowa Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends conference standards for pastoral support, administers funds to be used to supplement the minimum compensation for pastors, and provides counsel and resource materials on pastoral support to district superintendents and local church committees on pastor-parish relations.
For the 2011-2012 year, the Equitable Compensation Commission allocated grants to 22 local churches and their pastors in order to bring the pastor’s salary to the minimum amount required by the 2008 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. These grants amounted to $187,885, funded from the apportionment gifts received from other United Methodist churches throughout Iowa.