The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a connectional church, and the Board of Pensions fulfills its own, unique role in the community. The Church looks to the Board to uphold the commitment made by congregations to care for installed pastors, and to provide ways for churches and other Presbyterian-affiliated employers to care for other ministers of the Word and Sacrament and other employees.
The Board is one of six agencies of the General Assembly of the PC(USA). It collaborates with the other agencies in areas that include funds development, information technology, communications, and education.
The relationship of the Board of Pensions to the Church is set forth in several key documents and opinions of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution. The Board appears as a General Assembly-related corporate body in the Organization for Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), also a General Assembly agency, may elect one of its Directors to sit on the Board’s Board of Directors. The Board’s President and the Chair of its Board of Directors have the privilege of the floor at PMA meetings but without a vote. The two also belong to an informal group comprising the chairs and executives of the six General Assembly agencies.
The Board continually seeks gatherings in which its leaders might enter into conversation with mid council and congregational representatives, to share thoughts and ideas. Such gatherings provide an opportunity for participants to learn about Board plans and programs.