American ministers have often felt underpaid, especially in comparison to denominational executives. On occasion this leads to rebellion in the ranks. In 1938 a group of pastors asked the convention of the United Lutheran Church in America to reveal the salaries paid to denominational officers and to set a minimum and maximum for them. That convention appointed a committee, which reported two years later.
The Special Committee appointed to study the Compensation of U.L.C.A. workers, in accord with the action of the  Baltimore Convention on a memorial on this subject made a thorough investigation of the salaries and other income received by workers of the United Lutheran Church, and its Boards and Agencies. The Committee also studied the service obligations of the principal workers as well as the living conditions in their places of residence. The Committee agrees:
Recommendation 1. It was moved and seconded to strike out the entire recommendation and substitute the following: That the boards and agencies of the United Lutheran Church be requested to report the amount of salaries, paid to all who serve as executives or board secretaries or editors or the like, in a uniform manner as determined by the Executive Board of the Church. The substitute was adopted. Recommendations 2 and 3 were adopted.
The minutes for the next convention, 1942, report the salaries of top denominational officers.
Minutes of the Convention of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1940, p. 547. Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Illinois.
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