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Human Resources


2024 updates:


2023 Clergy Compensation Guidelines:

At our meeting on Saturday, November 12, the Diocesan Council approved the compensation guidelines for 2023. The document includes the 2023 minimum clergy compensation (a 4% increase from 2022) and gives an overview of benefits and total compensation for diocesan clergy. This document is the companion piece to the Clergy and Lay HR Handbook and the 2023 Health Care Premiums and Open Enrollment Information, all found below.  Questions regarding the compensation document can be directed to The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag, or Canon Mark Miliotto,


2023 Clergy Housing Allowances:

This is a reminder that the vestry/bishop’s committee must approve housing allowances before the end of the calendar year for the tax exemption to be valid for the entire following year (2023). According to IRS guidelines, housing allowances only operate prospectively, never retroactively, and the allowance must be re-approved every year. So, it is important to approve the next year’s clergy housing allowance in December. Clergy housing allowances not approved in December should be approved as soon as possible in January and, even then, the tax exemption becomes valid only from the date of resolution of the governing body forward; no retroactive housing allowances are allowed. If you have any questions about the vestry’s/bishop’s committee’s role in approving this tax exemption or if any clergy have any questions about calculating your housing allowance, please contact Canon Mark Miliotto, canon for finance, at 313-833-4427 or

2024 Health Care:

2024 Health Care Premiums & Benefits, and Open Enrollment Guide for Dental, Group Life and Disability

Please contact Crystal Ramirez –, if you need further information regarding health insurance updates.

Human Resources Forms & Documents


Background Checks

Before an offer letter is sent to a potential employee, you will need to conduct a background check. In order to do this:

  • Print and use this Background Check Authorization Form to request a background check in accordance with the Diocese’s Creating a Healthy Environment policy.
  • Keep a copy in the appropriate confidential on-site file and send one to the Office of the Bishop.
      • Mail to: Crystal Ramirez, 4800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
      • Email to: Crystal Ramirez,

There is a Background Screening Cost & Responsibility explanation sheet included in the Background Check Authorization form, that offers a detailed explanation about types of screening and costs.
     The fee for First Advantage to do the background screening is $65.
     The fee for Oxford Document Management Company, Inc. to do the background screening is $120.
These fees will be invoiced to congregations and agencies.