The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program restores the financial health and wholeness of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors so they may revitalize their congregations. This innovative financial education program combines pastor and congregational leader education with grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors.
April 15, 2020
We are accepting a limited number of covenants at this time. If you are interested in enrolling in Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations, please email Ruth Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org for the program covenant and financial commitment.
The program has expanded far beyond original plans and now is nearing the extended limits approved by our Board of Directors. The Board anticipates that the program will reach these limits in the next month, after which we will focus on fulfilling covenants already established and covenanting only with underserved communities of color.
Talking about money can be difficult for anyone, especially for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregational leaders deciding compensation for pastors. Even so, there are good reasons to have conversations about finances:
As part of our connectional Church, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes that we, as a Church, must faithfully address pastors' personal financial challenges if they are to grow and sustain their ministries and our congregations are to flourish.
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations brings a pastor and congregational leadership together to work toward financial sustainability by providing financial education and consultations to both the pastor and congregational leaders.
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations in-person training sessions have been suspended through June 1, 2020, in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations offers a way to build the financial health and wholeness of PC(USA) pastors to better serve their congregations.
There are three educational components:
Eligible pastors who complete the education sessions receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000. The grant may be used to reduce or eliminate the pastor's educational or personal debt, or to boost personal savings in the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a 403(b)(9) plan.
Grants for the Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program are made possible in part because of a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
To qualify, the pastor must
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations is enabling the Reverend Jeff Smith to get out of debt and start saving for his children's college educations.
Watch Rev. Smith's story.