October is Clergy Appreciation Month. It’s a time to thank our dedicated Presbyterian pastors — for their spiritual nourishment, sensitive pastoral care, faithful stewardship, commitment to mission, and so much more. These leaders nurture our Christian faith in good times and bad, helping us be the body of Christ together. For this, we are profoundly grateful.
Providing comprehensive benefits, assistance, and education programs, the Board of Pensions supports Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors and promotes their wholeness in several ways:
- The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. Comprising eight grant programs, the Assistance Program annually distributes more than $5 million in financial assistance — helping retired and actively serving PC(USA) pastors, church workers, and their families in need. Earlier this year, the Board increased its Ministerial Educational Debt Assistance Grants from $10,000 to up to $25,000 per individual to help reduce the burden of educational debt on young ministers seeking calls.
- Pathways to Renewal. This dues reduction program helps congregations call young ministers and provide full benefits through the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Pathways to Renewal helps create a pipeline of ministry for the future of the PC(USA).
- Educational offerings. Through Board University, we offer in-person seminars, online seminars and e-learning, and other resources to promote wholeness through lifelong learning.
- Presbyterian CREDO conferences. The Board sponsors week-long CREDO conferences so that PC(USA) ministers may cultivate wholeness — their spiritual, vocational, health, and financial well-being — to better serve the Church.
- Well-Being Retreat. Hosted by Board University in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation and its subsidiary, New Covenant Trust Company, Well-Being Retreat is an opportunity for PC(USA) ministers, other church workers, and their spouses to engage in fellowship, educational offerings, and time for contemplative reflection.
The support we provide our ministers is the Board’s way of expressing our gratitude for PC(USA) clergy. We hope every congregation will take a moment this month to express their appreciation to their pastors, who are a blessing to us all.