A diocesan task force chaired by Ian Robertson of St. David's, Delta, has been working on a new clergy compensation model that would combine stipend, housing allowances, and housing expenses into a single salary amount.

Among other things it would take into account how housing costs vary around the diocese, and recommend a differential to distinguish between rectors and assistants. The scheme is adapted from one used in the Diocese of Calgary.

If approved by Diocesan Council this month, the model would be gradually introduced in the diocese, first on a voluntary basis, and then recommended as the standard method of compensation. More information is available from Bettina Gruver in the Synod Office.