CLERGY HOUSING CRISIS
Diocese of Southern Malawi is experiencing a Clergy crisis!
Clergy do not retire when age or health issues impair their ministry because their retirement package is too small to provide housing, healthcare and sustainable living income. Lack of resources and fear for their personal wellbeing deter clergy from retiring. Retiring clergy gives opportunity for new leadership in local parishes.
The Facts of Clergy life in Southern Malawi!
Clergy stipend is $70 USD per month, too small for them to save for retirement
Retirement package is too small to provide housing, healthcare and sustainable living income after their service to the church
Clergy try to use their small retirement to build a house but they are not able to finish and have nothing left to live on
The end result is that most Clergy do not retire
Most of them die of depression or other diseases of deprivation
The difference that decent housing provides retiring Clergy
More than just a roof over their head
Stability for retiring Clergy & their families
Sense of dignity, pride and self worth after years of sacrificial service to God’s people
Health, physical safety and security
A duplex option affords additional income to supplement the small retirement stipend
Adequate housing for retiring Clergy is vitally important to the health of God’s people in Southern Malawi
Help make Clergy retirement housing become a priority!
Join the Right Reverend James Tengatenga, Ph.D., retired bishop of Southern Malawi and now Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Anglicanism at Sewanee The University of the South School of Theology to help make The Clergy Retirement Fund a sustainable project. This will add significantly to the fight against the threat of poverty for retiring clergy and nurture partnerships toward helping clergy build housing for their retirement years.
Make a contribution to the Malawi Clergy Housing Fund today.
Mail checks to:
The Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Attn: Jonathan Blaker,
Director of Treasury
1225 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002
Check should be made out to:
Protestant Episcopal Church Council
Include in the memo line, for benefit of the Malawi Clergy Housing Fund.
To make donations by wire transfer
Contact The Rt Rev James Tengatenga, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Anglicanism
The School of Theology at the University of the South
335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383 USA
931 636 6250 c