These grants support the evangelism efforts of presbyteries planting churches and cultivating new ministries by funding the enrollment of organizing pastors and evangelists in benefits through Pastor’s Participation.
Many communities served by organizing pastors and evangelists (church job code 301) face economic challenges. It may not be feasible to provide comprehensive benefits for their ministers through the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Without the health and financial protection of these benefits, a minister may not be able to devote their best gifts to ministry.
To support the PC(USA)’s evangelism efforts, the Board of Pensions is offering presbyteries that employ these ministers grants to fund the cost of enrolling them in Pastor’s Participation.
Pastor’s Participation benefits, designed to meet the health, financial protection, and retirement needs of ministers, include the following:
For ministers enrolled in Pastor's Participation, employers may share in the cost of additional benefits.
Through Pastor's Participation, ministers also have access to important assistance and education programs* that help cultivate wholeness and nurture ministries:
The cost to the presbytery for this coverage is free for the first three years, with a reduction through years four and five.
The grant and billing process is as follows:
|Benefits dues payments|
|Grant year||Board pays||Presbytery pays|
|Years 1-3||100 percent||0 percent|
|Year 4||66 2/3 percent||33 1/3 percent|
|Year 5||33 1/3 percent||66 2/3 percent|
For a presbytery to be eligible for the grant, the minister must
The presbytery applies for the grant during the application period.
The presbytery must submit a completed application to the Board of Pensions; the process requires a review and endorsement by the Committee on Ministry.
The Board will accept completed applications for these grants on a quarterly basis.
|Application period||Benefits effective date|
|December 1, 2022-February 28, 2023||April 1, 2023|
|March 1-May 31, 2023||July 1, 2023|
|June 1-August 31, 2023||October 1, 2023|
|September 1-November 30, 2023||January 1, 2024|
The Reverend Rafael Viana, co-pastor of two new worshiping communities serving immigrant communities in the Atlanta area, received benefits through a Benefits Grant for Organizing Pastors and Evangelists.