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Part-Time Ministry Guidelines from the Southwestern Texas Synod. This resource is concise yet offers several options to consider based on context.
NEW JERSEY SYNOD GUIDELINES
FAMILY LEAVE FOR ROSTERED MINISTERS
Virginia Synod Guidelines: A specific Parental Leave Plan should be carefully drawn up in open consultation with your rostered minister. Parental leave is directed towards the birth or adoption of a child.
1. Parental Leave: eight (8) weeks full salary, housing, benefits for both Childbearing and Adoption Parental Leave, including eight (8) Sundays for both primary and secondary caregivers. Factors for consideration:
a) Eight (8) weeks is needed for physical healing, bonding time, working out feeding schedule, and recognition that day care centers do not accept newborns.
b) Primary and Secondary Caregivers Language – If a distinction is going be made for different parents, please use these terms. The language is preferable to mother/father or maternity/paternity because primary and secondary do not reflect sex or gender.
2. Childcare Leave: A specific childcare leave should also be carefully drawn up in open consultation with the Synod, your rostered minister. Childcare Leave is to be used within the first year of a child’s birth. Childcare Leave can be used to ease a parent back into
full time hours.
Pastor A is in a full-time call and is returning from parental leave. She has 4 weeks of childcare leave. For the first two weeks of work, she works quarter time, using 1.5 weeks of her childcare leave. For her second two weeks of work, she works half time, using another week of her childcare leave. She then returns full time. She has 1.5 weeks of childcare leave left to use up
until her child’s first birthday.
Pastor B's child is 6 months old. He has two weeks of childcare leave, which he uses to take one extra day off each week for 10 weeks.
Factors for consideration:
a. Sundays may or may not be included.
b. Age of adopted child and/or needs of a child may affect length of time (more or less) offered.
c. Depending on geographic location, paid childcare may not be available until babies are 12 weeks old.
d. Discussion of bringing baby to work for set number of hours during the week or increased hours of working from home.
3. If both parents are rostered ministers, (either in the same congregation/agency/Synod or separate ones), both should be given the recommended leave.
Southeastern Iowa Synod- Family-related Leaves:
a. Parental leave: Ten (10) weeks of paid parental leave is available to a parent who is the primary
caregiver following the birth or adoption of a child. Six (6) weeks of paid parental leave is available to the secondary caregiver. Accrued vacation may also be used to extend a parental leave. Professionals desiring additional leave, either prior to or following the birth of their child, may negotiate for unpaid leave.
b. Family leave: Congregations should be sensitive to family needs such as extraordinary illness of children and parents of the professional and arrange proper leave time for these circumstances.