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. For ministers enrolled for benefits through Pastor's Participation, their employers pay the entire cost for the following:
Employers may, but are not required to, contribute to the cost of dental, supplemental death, supplemental disability (if eligible), and/or vision eyewear coverage. Employers may contribute to the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (RSP) on a member's behalf as a fixed and/or matching* contribution.
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.
*An employer matching contribution to the RSP 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 RSP, 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