Documents Help Assess Impact of Direct Bill Legislation Passage

May 06, 2010

The Clergy Benefits Task Force is making available two documents to assist you in understanding our current situation in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, and the likely implications around Item 3 (Proposal to Direct-Bill Active Clergy Pension Costs) in the recommendations being put before this year's Annual Conference.

Please review:
 
1.    A Spreadsheet of 2009 Pension and Benefits Apportionments to Local Churches, with the direct bill cost for local churches

2.    A Summary Sheet, showing totals for five groupings of churches:

a.    157 churches whose pension apportionments were more than their actual cost would have been if direct-billed;
b.    45 churches whose direct bill would have been between $100 and $1000 more than their apportionment;
c.    64 churches whose direct bill would have been between $1000 and $2000 more than their apportionment;
d.    48 churches whose direct bill would have been between $2000 and $4000 more than that which was apportioned; and
e.    49 churches whose direct bill would have been $4000 or more than that which was apportioned.
 
One of the things this demonstrates is that 157 churches were asked to subsidize the actual pension costs for 206 churches.
 
These calculations were based on the most recent data available, which is for the 2009 year. The data for 2010 is, of course, incomplete – and unfortunately it isn't possible to project the data for 2011 or 2012. However, what you find in the 2009 spreadsheet will be relatively close to what may be predicted for your church in 2011 and 2012. The variables are the Denomination Average Compensation, the compensation of each clergy as determined by each local church, and the clergy appointment(s) made.
 
All of this data cries out for knowledgeable interpretation.
 
Please direct queries to any members of the Task Force, who will be happy to assist you:
 
Don Cunningham, Chair                         
Anne Chin
Jim Current                                          
Nancy Daley
Grady Knowles
Diane Knudsen
Kathleen McShane
Gayle Shearman
Jerry Smith
Patricia Stout
Tony Ubalde
Ted Virts
Linda Wiberg
 
Ex Officio Members:
 
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.
Barbara Hora, General Board Staff
Cory Parish, Conference Claimants Endowment Board Executive