Pastoral Compensation Software
For use by Mennonite Church USA pastors and congregations

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I install the program on a computer running the Vista or Windows 7/8 operating system?
How can I fix printing problems?
How do I share a compensation profile with another person who has the software?
What is the quickest way to update information after the first year?
How do I compare my compensation from this year with the past years?
Can I compare compensation for each of the pastors?
The geography units do not adequately account for the high cost of living in our area.  How can we use the guidelines and still take this into consideration?
The senior pastor has less experience than an associate.  How do we use the guidelines and pay the senior pastor more than the associate?
We want to pay our pastor fairly but our congregation simply cannot afford the guidelines.  Is there a way to use the guidelines but adjust it for what our congregation can afford?
In the past I have negotiated "related experience" with the congregation.  How should this be shown?

 

How do I share a compensation profile with another person who has the software?

To create a zip file of the data go to the Profiles tab of the Worksheet form.  Highlight the correct profile and click on Export Profile.  Note the path and name of the resulting file.  Copy or email the file to the other person.  The other person creates a new profile with the correct program year, name, and congregation.  Then the other person clicks on Import Profile and follows the steps.  Also see Exporting and Importing.

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What is the quickest way to update information after the first year?

Update the program so that it includes the current year.  Open the program and highlight the profile that has the information from the previous year. Click on Copy Existing Profile and follow the prompts.  Update other information on other tabs, particularly Experience.  Also see Copy Existing Profile or click on the New Year portion of the video.

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How do I compare my compensation from this year with past years?

Highlight your profile on the Profiles tab.  Click on the Compare Profiles and choose the Compare highlighted pastor and congregation option.  Use Landscape if you are comparing more than two years.  Also see Comparing.

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Can I compare compensation for each of the pastors?

If a profile exists for each of the pastors, highlight the profile of one of the pastors for the correct year on the Profiles tab.  Click on Compare Profiles and choose the Compare highlighted church and year option.  Use Landscape if you are comparing more than two pastors.  Also see Comparing.

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The geography units do not adequately account for the high cost of living in our area.  How can we use the guidelines and still take this into consideration?

The geography units are an imprecise way of making adjustments for regional cost of living.  Congregations should consider local factors and make adjustments accordingly.  One way is to use the Optional Other Units section on the FTE/Guide tab and add more units to the compensation.  Another way is to adjust the Percentage of Guidelines on the same tab.  Both options allow a congregation to base compensation on the guidelines but make appropriate adjustments for the local situation.

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The senior pastor has less experience than an associate.  How do we use the guidelines and still pay the senior pastor more than the associate?

Consider using the Optional Other Units section on the FTE/Guide tab.  Add units for the senior pastors to achieve the desired result.

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We want to pay our pastor fairly but our congregation simply cannot afford the guidelines.  Is there a way to use the guidelines but adjust it for what our congregation can afford?

Two options come to mind.  If the congregation cannot pay according to guidelines, perhaps the full-time equivalency should be reduced on the FTE/Guide tab.  For example, rather than expecting full time work for part-time compensation, reduce the FTE

Another option is to lower the Percentage of Guidelines paid on the FTE/Guide tab.  E.g. instead of using 100%, reduce it to 95% of guidelines.

(Hint:  You can click on the percentage and use the + or - keys to change the percentage.  If you do this on the Summary tab, you can see the resulting changes in compensation.)

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In the past I have negotiated "related experience" with the congregation.  How should this be shown?

One way is to enter the related experience for the dates that it actually occurred.  Since the automatic calculation will figure it at 1/2 of the years, an "adjusting experience" could be entered, e.g. "Experience units adjusted as agreed" with appropriate years.  Be sure to check that the total experience units is correct.

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