Introduction

In order that there may be an equitable basis for the remuneration of denominational employees, guidelines have been adopted for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Philosophy

The philosophy of remuneration is predicated upon the fact that a spirit of sacrifice and dedication should mark all denominational employees irrespective of the position they hold or the department or service they represent. The work of the Church, including denominational organizations, is a mission to which lives are dedicated in selfless service.

The Church has accepted the commission given by Jesus Christ to His disciples to proclaim the gospel to the entire world. Many agencies are utilized to accomplish its spiritual task. Each employee has a responsibility to personally identify with and participate in the mission of the Church and its central objective-the salvation of humanity.

The remuneration scale is based on job classification without discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, physical disability, gender, or age.

Objective

The objective of the denominational remuneration scale is to provide employees with an adequate income while endeavoring to provide a reasonable level of comfort.

Economic and Geographic Variations

Remuneration factors and benefits shall be voted by the division committee for each country or geographical area, and in the local currency, based upon the cost of living for each area. Employees shall be remunerated on the basis of the church remuneration policy and practice in effect in the location or country in which they reside.

Basic Remuneration Scale

The remuneration scale provides entry levels and maximums expressed in percentages of the remuneration factor which may, in some cases, be in excess of remuneration rates paid in the community for a similar type of service. It is recognized that because of the area, the type of employment, and community patterns of remuneration, the responsible committees and controlling boards concerned shall set remuneration rates for certain categories of employees which do not exceed the average community rate for such categories, even though these rates may be less than the entry level or maximum as stated in the remuneration scale for these specific classifications.

A percent spread between entry level and maximum rates in the various categories has been incorporated in the remuneration scale. When setting rates, the following items should be taken into consideration with respect to each employee:

  • Preparation, education and commitment
  • Previous experience and achievement
  • Years of service
  • Responsibility and annual evaluations

The remuneration scale should be strictly adhered to and no special allowances of nay kind should be made except as may be provided for in the North American Division Working Policy.

Remuneration Package and Allowances

The remuneration rate assigned to each employee is designed to meet his/her requirements for all living allowances, including salary, housing, utilities, auto depreciation and insurance, telephone and professional allowance.

In addition to the remuneration package, the employee and his/her dependents may, under conditions described in the respective policy, receive the following:

  • Health care assistance
  • Tuition assistance on behalf of dependent children
  • Additional auto insurance

If both spouses are denominationally employed, the cost of these allowances may be shared by the employing organizations.

Remuneration Increments

The remuneration scale provides separate listings for the various types of organization, and the advisability of a regular plan of increments is recognized. Ir order to provide a reasonable degree of uniformity it is recommended that an employee’s maximum remuneration normally be achieved after the completion of between five and ten years of full service taking the following into consideration:

  • Based on evaluative criteria, the increment schedule may be accelerated in recognition of special skill, responsibility, and/or exceptional productivity, or the incremental period may be extended if lesser ability or rate of growth is indicated.
  • Professional certification may be a requirement to reach the maximum within certain categories.

Remuneration Adjustments

From time to time it may be necessary to either increase or decrease remuneration within this remuneration philosophy. Factors to be considered include the financial resources available, cost of living changes, competitive wages, and performance appraisals.