Tuesday, February 20, 2018


From The Living Church-

I have always been struck by a major difference between the Church of England and the Episcopal Church: the way clergy are paid. In England, all priests receive basically the same salary or stipend; there are minor increases over the base for bishops, cathedral deans, and archdeacons. This uniform wage is not high (roughly $33,500 plus housing and a few other allowances); a clergy family of four might have such a low income that they would qualify for public assistance. By contrast, the salaries in America vary enormously. Although a priest right out of seminary could earn less than English clergy, senior American clergy earn many times the English salary.

Despite the low stipends, many English clergy claim that parity is morally superior to the American scheme. They want to keep their system, even if it allows unproductive clergy to earn the same as leaders of large parishes.

But in a recent book, The Future Shapes of Anglicanism, the Very Rev. Martyn Percy claims that the Church of England would be rejuvenated if it moved toward the American system. He holds that parishes should be allowed to set salaries in order to reward initiative and creative ministry. “This would encourage a more realistic appraisal of many ministries, and allow congregations to value experience, responsibility, energy, challenge, and more besides.”

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