GUIDELINES RELATED TO NON-STIPENDIARY MINISTRY
Definition and Criteria for Non-Stipendiary Ministry
Non-stipendiary ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is understood to be service as an ordained/lay diaconal minister without regard to compensation for such service.
- It may be either service for no stipend (or for reimbursed expenses only) or for a token stipend that is not commensurate with the normal salary guidelines for rostered ministry.
- Non-stipendiary calls are not eligible for participation in the ELCIC Pension and Benefits Plan; therefore, it also is understood that non-stipendary service is possible only when there is clear evidence that the ordained/lay diaconal minister has adequate alternative income and health insurance.
- A letter of call to non-stipendiary ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada may be issued only by a Synod Council following approval by the Conference of Bishops. A call to non- stipendary ministry is not normally intended for an initial call.