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Sabbath Sabbatical Support Grants

The Sabbath Sabbatical Support Grant Program allows eligible Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers to seek assistance with the cost of a sabbatical. The program helps provide an opportunity for ministers to take time away from the demands of the job and engage in a period of personal and professional renewal. Currently, the program is for pastors of small churches.

Eligibility

These grants are intended to supplement the financial aid of other contributors. Beginning January 1, 2019, expanded eligibility criteria take effect.

In 2018, you mustIn 2019, you must
​be a minister who is currently serving a congregation of fewer than 200 members*​be a PC(USA) minister currently engaged in or supporting congregational ministry*
​be enrolled in Pastor's Participation in the Benefits Plan​be enrolled in Pastor's Participation in the Benefits Plan
​have served your current PC(USA) congregation for at least six years​have been continuously enrolled in Pastor's Participation for at least the past six years
​be able to demonstrate financial need​have an effective salary of no more than $80,000 and be able to demonstrate financial need
​receive additional financial support for the sabbatical from other sources such as congregations, foundations, your synod or presbytery, or other contributors​receive commitments of financial support for the sabbatical from other sources
​take your sabbatical for a period of not less than four weeks​take your sabbatical for a period of not less than four weeks
​not have received a sabbatical grant in the last six years
​receive Board approval of a proposal detailing the activities and associated costs

*Ministers serving in positions that directly support congregational ministry (such as interim ministers or mid council staff members) may also be recommended for a grant through their presbytery.

Amount

Grants of up to $3,000 are available.

How to apply

The number of grants awarded each year is limited, and the Board of Pensions administers this program in cooperation with mid councils.

To determine if grants are still available, call the Assistance team of the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (PRESPLAN).