Clergy Benefits and Costs for 2022

Expressed in annual cost

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Category Min. Salary Health Ins. Allowance CRSP-DB CRSP-DC CPP
Full time elder $46,195

Mandatory
$17,500

$5,700 3% of salary + housing 3% of salary + housing
Full-time local pastor $42,391

Mandatory
$17,500

$5,700 3% of salary + housing 3% of salary + housing
3/4 time elder Negotiated

Optional
$17,500

$4,275 3% of salary + housing Not eligible
1/2 time elder Negotiated Not eligible $2,850 3% of salary + housing Not eligible
1/4 time elder Negotiated Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
3/4 time local pastor Negotiated Not eligible $4,275 3% of salary + housing Not eligible
1/2 time local pastor Negotiated Not eligible $2,850 3% of salary + housing Not eligible
1/4 time local pastor Negotiated Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Less than 1/4 time local pastor Negotiated Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Supply or CLM Negotiated Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible
Lay employee Negotiated Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible Not eligible

 

These figures are accurate only for a clergy person appointed by the Bishop to a valid ministry.

For clergy who reside in a church-owned parsonage, the housing benefit is calculated as 25% of salary (not including the health insurance allowance) for pensions.

CRSP-DB -- the defined benefits portion of the United Methodist Pension Plan

CRSP-DC -- the defined contributions portion of the United Methodist Pension Plan

CPP -- a death and disability insurance plan for United Methodist pastors

Deacons -- Same as elders for minimum salary, pension; health insurance is optional, unless appointed to a church as the pastor

Lay employees, supply and CLM's are not eligible for the United Methodist Clergy benefits plans. However, the employer may provide pension benefits from another United Methodist plan or a commercial vendor.