… be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God …
— Rom 12:2
Since I became President of the Board of Pensions six years ago, the staff and I have faced challenges and celebrated successes. We see more of both in the years ahead as we continue to focus on increasing Benefits Plan participation and building ministry for the future of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Board today is the strongest it has ever been financially. We are adding new employers and new members, knitting our connectional Church back together where past relationships had frayed.
This week, at the annual gathering of NEXT Church, the Board of Pensions helped lead a discussion on what’s ahead for congregations and how the Board supports ministers’ well-being, so critical to congregational vitality, one of our PC(USA) areas of emphasis in the Matthew 25 Initiative.
Later this week, Board staff will ask our Board of Directors to approve the most dramatic changes to the Benefits Plan since 2017. These changes, proposed for the 2021 Benefits Plan, would mean greater choice for congregations and PC(USA)-affiliated employers — and greater opportunity for ministers and employees to join the plan. Everyone who devotes their work to answering God’s call deserves financial and medical benefits.
As announced in February, the Board of Directors has granted me a travel leave, March 11-April 24, 2020. I look forward to returning refreshed for the opportunities that lie ahead.
Grace and peace,
The Reverend Frank Clark Spencer