Underpaid Church Staff • Church Spokesperson Controversy • ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Church: News Roundup
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Underpaid Church Staff • Church Spokesperson Controversy • ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Church: News Roundup

Thom Rainer Talks Underpaid Church Staff and What You Can Do About It. “I really hope that on this particular podcast we have a heavier representation of, for lack of better words, the church laity as we do the church staff or the pastor because the information that you’re about to hear does apply directly to the pastor or to the staff because we’re going to be talking to them about what to do if the church does not pay you adequately, but the very reason that we do these types of things—which these things are talking about compensation for pastors and ministers—the very reason we do these things is because we know from the trenches how many pastors and church staff are underpaid. So yes, we’re talking directly to those in vocational ministry, paid positions in churches, but I hope that many of you who are members in the church are eavesdropping in on our conversation” (“What to do if your church does not pay you adequately—Rainer on Leadership #412,” ThomRainer.com).

A big way to help those underpaid in the church is to take our National Church Compensation Survey, which helps churches and pastors set fair pay in ministry.

New Mexico Lawmakers Demand ‘Disciplinary Action’ for Church Spokesperson. “A group of 33 Republican legislators are calling for the head of Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, for a statement that racism played a role in the opposition to a Catholic Church-backed proposal to increase funding for early childhood education. ‘The political debate is divisive enough in this country and this state without unwarranted accusations of racism being thrown about without evidence,’ the letter, addressed to Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says. ‘The fact that this accusation was levied [sic] by a representative of the Catholic Church only makes it more troubling,’ the letter said. The lawmakers asked whether Sanchez was ‘indeed accurately relaying your position on this matter with his remarks.’ And if not, they asked that ‘strong disciplinary action’ be taken against Sanchez ‘and that he no longer serve as a spokesman for the Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Mexico.’ Sanchez made his controversial remarks at a Feb. 14 candlelight vigil outside the Capitol in support of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would take an additional one percent from the state Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood programs” (“GOP legislators seek reprimand of Catholic official following comments on early ed proposal,” Santa Fe New Mexican).

Ahead of the midterms, consider reviewing what churches can and can’t say when it comes to politics.

Oklahoma House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill. “The Oklahoma House passed a measure Tuesday extending the state's ‘stand your ground’ law protections to places of worship. House Bill 2632 applies to buildings, structures and office spaces used for religious activities and services, and it grants criminal and civil immunity to people who shoot someone in self-defense there.
“The House voted 62–21 on the bill, sending it to the Senate” (“House Passes Bill to Let Oklahomans ‘Stand Their Ground’ at Church,” Public Radio Tulsa).

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Samuel Ogles is associate editor and special project manager for Church Law & Tax.

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