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Care for Pastoral Leadership

The Board of Pensions provides support to pastoral leaders in many ways, including the following.

The Assistance Program

The Board of Pensions Assistance Program helps ministers and employees of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and affiliated employers with special financial needs. It also helps to strengthen church leadership through grants and programs designed to improve the practical skills needed to minister in today’s world.

Grants and programs available through the Assistance Program include

  • Shared Grants;
  • Emergency Assistance Grants;
  • Adoption Assistance Grants;
  • Transition-to-College Assistance Grants;
  • Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants; and
  • Sabbath Sabbatical Support Grants.

In-Person Seminars

Board University's five financial and retirement seminars, led by our experienced educators, are carefully designed for every stage of life in church service:

  • First Call, First Steps (navigating the call process)
  • Getting in Shape Fiscally (financial planning)
  • Growing into Tomorrow … Today (retirement planning)
  • Render Unto Caesar (clergy taxes and terms of call)
  • Third Act Seminar & Luncheon (post-retirement)

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed as a first step to encourage plan members, their spouses, and eligible dependents to seek assistance for help with problems that affect their spiritual, health, financial, or vocational well-being; career; and relationships. Financial counseling and legal services are included.

It also provides management consultations to PC(USA) managers of employees of the PC(USA) who need assistance with difficult management or employee performance issues — or workplace traumas.

The EAP does not share confidential information with employers or presbyteries without written authorization from the individual.