Living by the Gospel is a guide to structuring ministers' terms of call. It also details Pathways to Renewal and includes salary study information.
Updated November 2019
Living by the Gospel is a guide to structuring ministers' terms of call. It lays out how the Church supports the well-being of ministers through the Board of Pensions. This guide details the benefits, programs, and assistance that are available through Pastor's Participation. It shows how they work together to support ministers and their families.
Living by the Gospel positions the Church to provide the full coverage of Pastor's Participation to all ministers, not just installed pastors. Benefits continuity is important because ministers move in and out of installed positions. And the Pension Plan, included in full coverage, contributes greatly to their retirement.
Data suggests that benefits help sustain ministerial leadership. Living by the Gospel shows, through one lens, that 36 percent of those who did not participate in the Benefits Plan left ministry. That compares to a 24 percent drop-out rate for ministers who had been plan members.
The reports in Living by the Gospel can inspire meaningful conversation as the Church undergoes reform. The Church lives out its identity as a just, caring community when it supports its ministers with benefits. This also enables them to devote their best gifts to leading God's people.
A graph in Living by the Gospel shows the trends of ordination and newly ordained plan enrollment since 2007. Elsewhere, breakdowns of data by gender, age, position, and congregation size provide call-outs:
The Living by the Gospel appendices include detailed information on effective salary. A graph shows the trends of ordination and newly ordained plan enrollment since 2007. Breakdowns of data by gender, age, position, and congregation size provide callouts:
The data is updated and expanded yearly. This provides a way to track progress toward just compensation for all Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers. This progress is needed to renew the leadership of the PC(USA).
Pathways to Renewal brings young ministers into Pastor's Participation at substantially reduced dues. It is designed to support small congregations and innovative ministries.