New Minister’s Choice benefits package extends support to more ministers

June 04, 2020

For 2021, employers may provide important financial protection to ministers not in installed positions through a new benefits package — Minister’s Choice.

In July, when Employer Agreements are available on Benefits Connect, employers will have more benefits options to choose from for 2021, including a new benefits package for ministers called Minister’s Choice.

Why Minister’s Choice?

Minister’s Choice provides important financial protection and expanded access to assistance and education programs during active service and retirement for ministers who are not in Pastor’s Participation. The Minister’s Choice benefits package is available to any minister who is not in an installed position and is regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours weekly.

Ministers Choice is intended to ensure all ministers have a level of financial protection by providing the following coverage:

  • Pension Plan
  • Death and Disability Plan
  • Temporary Disability Plan (new for 2021)
  • Employee Assistance Plan

Minister’s Choice also provides access to assistance and education programs* that help foster wholeness, including CREDO; Minister Educational Debt Assistance; Emergency Assistance; Adoption Assistance; Transition-to-College Assistance; and Sabbath Sabbatical Support.

Minister’s Choice differs from the Pastor’s Participation benefits package in that Pastor’s Participation includes Medical Plan coverage, while Minister’s Choice does not. In fact, many ministers may not need medical coverage because of benefits available elsewhere, such as through a spouse.

*Member must meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility and cost

Any Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) church, congregation, or employer that employs ministers who are not in installed positions and are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours weekly may offer Minister’s Choice. The cost to employers for benefits and programs offered under Minister’s Choice is 10 percent of effective salary; ministers are not permitted to contribute.

For more information, or if you have questions, call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.