Pastor Separation Agreement
4. After the resignation of a priest, he still has to fulfil his financial obligations. He must pay his mortgage, his property taxes and his public services; Car payments and auto insurance; food and gas bills Health insurance for his family, among others. If Church leaders want a pastor to resign, but not be prepared to give him a severance agreement, the leaders seem to take revenge instead of reconciling. In all cases, a Church that submits to pastoral separation should carefully consider the legal implications and manage the emotional and spiritual well-being of the former parish priest and the remaining collaborators and the community throughout the process. Pastoral separation, especially involuntary resignation, is filled with legal implications and public relations nightmares if not managed properly, and an experienced Church advocate must be consulted. The pastoral employment contract should also be reviewed and/or offered to begin discussions, as certain provisions may be transposed into withdrawal. This article focuses specifically on one aspect of the pastoral separation process: the separation agreement and its effects. You can ask the parish priest not to sue the Church; b) not to create a new church within a specified mile radius; (c) not disclosing the terms of the compensation agreement. At Simms Showers, we have managed hundreds of such pastoral separations and have extensive experience in conducting churches through the legal and emotional implications of pastoral separation. Do not give up an experienced lawyer or try to use a pro bono or well-meaning lawyer who does not have much experience in ecclesiastical and religious employment cases.
Many churches and the Church leadership regretted such a decision. If we can help you in any way, let us know. What happens if the priest seems to have been disqualified from the ministry because of his fault? 1. It usually takes at least a year for a pastor to find another service. As there are more church openings today than ever before, finding a service job is a job. A severance pay allows the pastor to continue his divine vocation, which is why the 1998 Missouri Lutheran Synod decided to award severance pay of a full annual salary to forced pastors. If your parish priest has a family, make sure they are taken care of financially. No matter what the priest did to deserve removal, his family members are probably not responsible. And be careful to declare a pastor innocent of a serious offence as “disqualified from service” as a justification for not giving him a severance agreement.