Pathways to Renewal

​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.

​The Board designed Pathways to Renewal to build ministerial leadership for the future of the Church. It reduces Pastor's Participation dues, 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 Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants, totaling $5,000 a year for up to five years.


Congregations with 150 members or fewer that have been without an installed pastor for at least two years and have not elected a Pastor Nominating Committee are eligible for Pathways to Renewal. And any congregation or emerging ministry that increases headcount may also qualify. 

The minister of Word and Sacrament must be under age 40 and never previously enrolled in Pastor's Participation.


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:

  • 2 percent for pension
  • 1 percent for death and disability
  • 16.75 percent for medical (two-thirds of standard medical dues, with a minimum medical dues rate of $6,000)

Eligibility for 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.

First Pathways minister brings heart for youth and mission to her call

​Pathways to Renewal gave Grace Presbyterian Church of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, the opportunity to delve more deeply into youth ministry.

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Church strengthened by Pathways to Renewal

​A dues reduction through Pathways to Renewal made it possible for First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Texas, to hire a new associate pastor.

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