Pathways to Renewal brings young ministers into the Benefits Plan with the full benefits of Pastor's Participation at substantially reduced dues. It is designed to provide hope of renewed leadership to small congregations and support to innovative ministries of congregations of all sizes.
The Board designed Pathways to Renewal to build ministerial leadership for the future of the Church. It reduces Pastor's Participation dues nearly in half, from 37 percent of effective salary to 19.75 percent. Through Pastor's Participation, ministers have access to Presbyterian CREDO and may be eligible for a Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grant, totaling $5,000 a year for up to five years.
To qualify, a congregation must
The minister being called through Pathways to Renewal must
Churches receive a substantial reduction in dues for ministers they enroll in Pastor’s Participation through Pathways to Renewal. Dues total 19.75 percent of effective salary:
The dues discount runs five years or until the end of the employment relationship, whichever comes first.
To apply for Pathways to Renewal or for additional information on qualifying for the program, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to speak with a service representative.
Pathways to Renewal gave Grace Presbyterian Church of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, the opportunity to delve more deeply into youth ministry.
A dues reduction through Pathways to Renewal made it possible for First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Texas, to hire a new associate pastor.
The financial boost provided by Pathways to Renewal helped FPC Franklin, in Tennessee, decide whether it was ready to expand its pastoral staff.