Pastor's Participation is a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the healthcare and retirement needs of ministers.
Effective January 1, 2023, medical dues will increase 2 percent, from 27 percent to 29 percent, bringing total dues for the Pastor's Participation benefits package to 39 percent of effective salary, up from 37 percent.
Pastor's Participation includes the following coverage. The total cost for employers to provide this comprehensive package is 37 percent of effective salary:
*Subject to the minimum annual dues amount of $11,000 and the maximum annual dues amount of $33,500.
Employers must also offer the following benefits to ministers enrolled in Pastor’s Participation. An employer may, but is not required to, contribute to the cost of these benefits:
Employers also may offer flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to ministers in Pastor's Participation. Two types of FSAs are offered: healthcare and dependent care.
**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).
Pastor's Participation provides access to the following programs*** that help cultivate wholeness and nurture ministries:
***Member must meet program eligibility requirements.
Employers are required to enroll all ministers in an installed position in Pastor's Participation. Ministers in non-installed positions who are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week may also be enrolled in Pastor's Participation.