We’ve answered your top questions about the season of rebuilding and the 2025 Benefits Plan.
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Did you miss the November 2023 Virtual Town Hall? Watch a recording of the event for the latest updates.
ImageChanging Benefits for a Changing Church
The Reverend Dr. Frank Clark Spencer, President of the Board of Pensions, discussed recommendations for a Benefits Plan redesign at the 2023 Polity, Benefits, and Mission Conference.
A Season of Rebuilding
At the Board of Pensions, we are committed to assessing and restructuring the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to meet the needs of a changing Church and to serve the most people possible. Approximately 30 percent of ministers ordained since 2007, the very people the plan is meant to embrace, are not enrolled in the Benefits Plan, with women representing 63 percent of those not covered through the Board. Small congregations, where resources are scarce, are also affected, with this being particularly true for African American churches, only 20 percent of which have installed pastoral leadership. These numbers highlight the need for solutions. During the season of rebuilding, our goal is to make the necessary changes to provide greater flexibility and cost control for congregations as they care for the well-being of their pastoral leadership.
of newly ordained ministers not enrolled in the Benefits Plan from 2007 to 2022 are women.
of small congregations (150 members or fewer) have installed pastoral leadership.
of African American churches have installed pastoral leadership.
Engaging the Church
We are committed to listening to our community of faith. If you missed one of our Virtual Town Halls, please watch a video recording.
Season of rebuilding: A report
As the season of rebuilding got underway, Board of Pensions leaders gathered with over 200 mid council, congregational, and pastoral leaders in Denver and Atlanta to discuss the initiative in 2023. We shared a report to update the wider denomination on this important effort to assess and redesign the Benefits Plan to better meet the needs of local congregations.
The economics and ecclesiology that support the season of rebuilding initiative include minister compensation, programs for sustainable pastoral ministry, and the need for structural change. Dr. Spencer’s doctoral research found that the primary factor driving clergy compensation — the adoption of the U.S. corporate model — has resulted in an inability to support ministers in congregational settings.