E-Learning

​​Board University provides members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics that promote wholeness. ​

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Board University provides e-learning opportunities to members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — at no additional cost. These modules address a variety of topics that promote wholeness in the four dimensions of well-being: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. ​

E-Learning offerings

The following e-learning content is available through our benefits portal, Benefits Connect, in the e-learning content library (login required). Visit the content library often to check out new offerings.

  Personal Financial Planning series

For all members of the PC(USA) and affiliates; available as standalone courses or combined in one learning path

The Personal Financial Planning series equips you to create personal financial statements and goals; develop a budget and calculate financial ratios; establish an emergency fund and understand debt-reduction strategies; determine how much to save and invest for goals; understand the importance of FICO ratings and how to improve your scores; and understand different retirement savings vehicles and how to maximize retirement savings.

  Terms of Call series

For pastors, church treasurers and administrators, personnel committee members, and mid council leaders; available as standalone courses or combined in one learning path

The Terms of Call series addresses topics such as understanding and determining effective salary; explaining A Theology of Benefits for medical, retirement, and death and disability coverages; saving for retirement in the Retirement Savings Plan of the PC(USA); understanding the tax rules and qualifying expenses for a clergy housing allowance; learning the advantages of accountable reimbursement plans; explaining the various tax-advantage accounts available; and describing categories to consider when negotiating time away.


  Leaving Well: Navigating Transitions in Ministry and Work series

For members who are discerning a vocational transition at any stage of their career; available as a learning path

The Leaving Well: Navigating Transitions in Ministry and Work series is designed to equip those serving in various contexts and types of positions — congregational ministry, church staff, church-related organizations and agencies — to navigate vocational transitions at any stage of their career and to leave their current positions well.

The courses in this learning path explore topics such as laying the foundation for understanding change and transition, engaging the discernment process, leaving well, and beginning anew.

As you navigate this learning path, you are invited to complete the Leaving Well course that is most appropriate for your current situation — Leaving Well: Church or Church-related Work or Leaving Well: Congregational Ministry.


  THRIVE E-Learning series

For members within 10 years of retirement and their spouses or surviving spouses; available as a learning path

Rooted in A Theology of Benefits, the THRIVE retirement planning seminar and e-learning series address retirement preparation holistically. THRIVE — short for Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics — covers subject matters such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement. This THRIVE e-learning series integrates recorded instructor-led content and interactive exercises.

You may move through this THRIVE e-learning series at your own pace. The Board University e-learning platform will record your progress and allow you to resume where you left a previous session. The total estimated time to progress through the entire series is 9 hours in addition to the personal time you take to reflect and complete exercises.

Request access

To request access to the THRIVE e-learning series

  • log in to Board University via Benefits Connect;
  • click Content Library and search for THRIVE;
  • complete the brief survey in the course entitled THRIVE E-Learning: Request to Enroll.

Board University will admit learners to the full THRIVE learning path within one week, pending space availability. If the learning path has reached capacity, we will email you with links to additional resources until capacity opens up.

Access modules

Members and employers who have a user ID and password for Benefits Connect, our benefits portal, can access the e-learning modules through the portal.

  1. Log in to Benefits Connect.
  2. Choose Board University at the top of the page.
  3. After clicking on Board University, you will be automatically directed to our learning management system. All modules can be accessed through the course library.

If you do not have access to Benefits Connect and are eligible for e-learning opportunities through Board University — such as spouses, those affiliated with a PC(USA) church, agency, or other organization, seminary students, and others — you can request alternative access to this content. Complete this form to request access.

Contact us

If you have questions about eligibility for or accessing Benefits Connect, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN). 

If you have any issues accessing the e-learning modules, email the Education team. You will receive a response within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are a current Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program participant and have questions about the e-learning modules, email the program administrator.