It's becoming more and more common for Ministry colleagues to be dismissed for bizarre and even illegal reasons. For some it's because they are in a protected class. For others, an unwarranted accusation may not have been properly investigated. For me, it was because I made multiple sexual harassment claims, advised my employer about potential unsafe activities and experienced retaliation.
Litigation is costly not only to the wallet but also to the reputation. Since some states do not require parishes to pay unemployment, so lay ministers are often left with a month of severance and little else to feed their family.
The purpose of this fund is to offer financial support for unjustly terminated lay ministers who have filed an EEO grievance against their employee. We will match your previous salary (up to $3000/month) up to a full year from your date of termination, minus any applicable severance.