Dear Members of PPC,
As you prepare to cast your vote on Sunday on the revised 2019 PPC Pastor’s Terms of Call, the Session would like you to consider the following as the rationale behind the proposed effective salary ($76,000) as well as evidence of the financial stability of PPC .
The results of the study on gender pay parity from the data collected by Presbytery can be found here. This information was presented at the Presbytery Meeting on November 17, 2018, the day before PPC’s Congregational Meeting to approve the 2019 Pastor’s Terms of Call.
The Personnel Committee and Session had lengthy discussions to develop revisions to the 2019 Terms of Call during their December, January, and February meetings. Personnel Committee invited PSNE’s General Presbyter, Shannon Vance-Ocampo and two additional elders to participate in a discussion on pay parity at their January meeting. Rev. Vance-Ocampo made recommendations for next steps that included gathering more specific salary information from the 23 churches in the Presbytery of Southern New England.
Additional Salary information was presented at the February Presbytery Meeting. The PPC Elders in attendance compiled this information into a spreadsheet, which you can view here.
At the February Session Meeting, the elders collaborated on the best way to calculate a fair pastor’s salary for PPC. Using the spreadsheet as a guide, we removed the churches at the very top of the pay scale, the churches not comparable to PPC in size or number of working pastors’ hours every week, and we were left with three Rhode Island churches. The average of these three churches (Dunn’s Corner in Westerly, Calvin Pres. In Cumberland, and Greenwood Pres. In Warwick) were calculated to be $72,997. Adjusted by 2.7% in 2019 for COLA, the standard number recommended by PSNE, this amount became $74, 968.
After reviewing the spreadsheet and another lengthy discussion, each elder submitted their own proposed annual salary on a slip of paper. The average of these numbers was calculated and Session approved a motion to submit a proposed effective salary of $76,000 to the congregation for approval. The $17, 090 increase will be funded for 2019 by increased transfers from PPC’s endowment fund. Going forward, the need for additional funding will be considered on an as needed basis. A separate motion carried to approve the date of March 17th for the Congregational Meeting.
For more information on PPC’s financial statements, please refer to the 2018 Annual Report distributed at the Annual Congregational Meeting on January 27, 2019. An updated total of PPC’s Endowment fund will be shared at Sunday’s meeting.
Members present at the meeting will be asked to submit paper ballots which will be distributed prior to voting. Yes and No votes will be tallied before the meeting is adjourned.
Additional questions and items for discussion will be taken at the meeting before the vote.
We would like to express our appreciation for your thoughtful consideration of this very important issue.