Here’s an interesting discussion for you parish folk. Pew people. Clergy. Lay ecclesial ministers. Catholic school administration and teachers.
Fr Jon brought a request to the staff meeting today. The Finance and Budget committees are preparing the budget earlier than ever this year. I’ve already submitted my ’11-’12 worship numbers. As the groups discuss salaries, there was a request that more information on what we earn be distributed. How do we compare with other campus ministries around the country? With similar parishes in our archdiocese and in the Des Moines metro area? If staff members are being asked to swallow a salary freeze, they ask, exactly where are we asking them to stay?
So Fr Jon mentioned that only three people in the parish know what the staff earns: he does, our business manager, and the financial secretary. Did we object if the working committees knew? Here’s my answer:
No. Tell anybody, not only those who need to know, but those who want to know.
I have no real worries about my current position, and neither, I think, does my pastor. For the last ten years, I’ve been able to support a family and a largely stay-at-home spouse.
In many parishes, I suspect the pastor doesn’t want people to know not because of what the people will think about employees, but because of what they will think of him.
So here’s the discussion: why shouldn’t parishes make available the breakdown on the personnel line? If you parish does or doesn’t, is that good or not? Would you prefer nobody knew what you earn as a church employee.