Before diving into the article, it’s important to note that the Grace Episcopal church vestry doesn’t even see line-item detail on compensation. As a result, one parish employee, hardly overpaid, received unauthorized pay in excess of the amount approved by the vestry, and subsequently had to repay it. Or, put in other words, even most vestry members have no idea what Bob or other parish employees earn. That being the case, how do they know that mistakes have not been made? That there is no misfeasance going on? That they are exercising their legal obligations to the church by acting as fiduciaries?
The answer: They don’t.
That begs the question: Why are parishioners giving sacrificially when there is zero accountability?
The answer: They shouldn’t. Check out the section in the article that references “Concealing the pastor’s salary”
With that, on to the article.