Churches looking for new ways to compensate their clergy or attract new clergy must distinguish themselves from other churches. Creative benefit packages often do the trick, particularly if they address specific needs.

With more and more seminary graduates entering the workforce and more and more of them graduating with substantial debt, some churches have created a new benefit – student loan repayment benefit.  

This benefit can help clergy employees with their current student loan debt which is considered taxable income. Churches do have some leeway on how to offer the benefit. The amount of the benefit can be offered monthly or as a lump sum, it can be capped, and it can be tied to an employee match. A waiting period is also fine.  

If you’re looking for an enticing benefit to attract new clergy or a creative way to structure their compensation package, a student loan repayment benefit may be something to consider. We realize this benefit isn’t one that will work for every church, but we want to keep you up to date on the most current benefit trends. 

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