Pathways to Renewal encourages churches to bring ministers into the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with full benefits at substantially reduced dues.
By supporting calls to ministers and candidates for ordination younger than age 40, Pathways to Renewal provides hope of renewed leadership to small congregations and help for innovative ministries in congregations of all sizes.
This innovative dues incentive program offers churches a substantial reduction in dues for ministers enrolled in
Pastor’s Participation for the first time. It reduces costs nearly in half, to 21 percent of effective salary (22 percent for 2023) from 37 percent (39 percent for 2023).
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:
Churches receive a substantial reduction in dues for ministers they enroll in Pastor’s Participation through Pathways to Renewal. Dues total 21 percent of effective salary (22 percent for 2023):
The dues discount runs five years or until the end of the employment relationship, whichever comes first.
Both the church and the called candidate or minister must meet certain criteria.
To qualify, a congregation must
The minister being called through Pathways to Renewal must
To apply for Pathways to Renewal or for additional information on qualifying for the program, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to speak with a service representative.