Next door in the People's Republic of Minnesota, Anglicat provides recently revealed Diocesan Staff Compensation.
In the past, she's also shown the high percentage of Minnesota Episcopal Churches with part-time or even occassional circuit-clergy. And her post for today is about the closing of two historic Black congregations in The Twin Cities.
As I've been arguing for some time, the Episcopal Organization seems in a frenzy to get rid of congregations, clergy who can grow congregations, and other signs of human life. That frenzy is matched with a mania for grabbing inanimate buildings and other objects for an inside few, mainly diocesan and denominational bureaucrats.
Interesting to read what the Bible has to say about church compensation:
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." I Timothy 5:17-18, emphasis added.
As usual, the Episcopal Organization does just the opposite. The Bible says that leaders who actually preach and teach others - fulfilling Christ's Great Commission - should receive higher compensation. The EO rewards "managers", even if the church shrivels on their watch. (BTW Bishops need not be bureaucrats - just look at their true job description here.)
The message of the Minnesota compensation data is, "The good jobs for the valued people are in the far off offices of the bureaucracy, and are not based on any measure of effective leadership."