Pastor's Participation and Pathways to Renewal are dues structures designed to support the well-being of ministers and their families, as well as the long-term vitality of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations.
Pastor's Participation is a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of ministers and their families. Installed pastors must be enrolled in Pastor’s Participation. Ministers who are not in an installed position and are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week may be offered Pastor's Participation or menu options.
Here are the benefits you are required to offer to ministers in Pastor's Participation and who is responsible for the cost:
Employers may, but are not required to, offer flexible spending accounts to ministers in Pastor's Participation.
*An employer matching contribution to the Retirement Savings Plan is not considered part of effective salary, so the employer cost for dues-based benefits (such as medical coverage in Pastor's Participation or Pension Plan participation) is not affected. (A fixed employer contribution to the Retirement Savings Plan, as a percentage of pay or a dollar amount, is considered part of effective salary and included in the calculation of dues).
There is no work-hour requirement for ministers in self-employed validated service to participate in medical coverage through menu options.
There is no work-hour minimum for ministers or employees to participate in the RSP, Dental Plan, or vision eyewear coverage.
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 nourishment to innovative ministries.
For Pathways to Renewal, Pastor's Participation dues are cut from 37 percent of effective salary to 19.75 percent:
Eligibility for the dues discount runs five years or until the end of the employment relationship, whichever comes first.
These benefits grants support the evangelism efforts of presbyteries planting churches and cultivating new ministries by funding the enrollment of organizing pastors and evangelists in Pastor’s Participation. The grants for this comprehensive coverage, which includes family medical, pension, Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and death and disability, take effect January 1, 2020.
For a presbytery to be eligible for the grant, the minister must