The past several years haven't been easy for Cross Bridge Church in Rockledge, Florida, located on the state's east coast. While members of the small Nazarene congregation struggled to recover from hurricanes that hit in 2004 and 2005, they suddenly found themselves reeling from the Great Recession—only worsened by job losses due to the area's depressed aerospace industry. But, says Sylvia Eppig, the church's accountant, after much sacrifice, the church is finally in a better place.
"We hired a new pastor a couple of years ago," Eppig says. "He and our finance committee had to make some hard decisions. Many benefits like health care had to go."
But the financial outlook of the church is now brighter.
"This past year we were able to give raises," says Eppig. "Right now, our desire is to fairly compensate our employees. In fact, we're working toward giving them compensation packages that are comparable to what other church's give for similar positions."