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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. 

"Reformed and always reforming - that's the way we serve the needs of a changing Church." - The Reverend Dr. Frank Clark Spencer

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.