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.
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.
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.
For pastors, seminary students, personnel committee members, church treasurers, and administrators
The Clergy Tax course explains the tax laws that are unique to ministers, such as dual tax status, reporting self-employment income, and housing allowance. The course also addresses tax laws that are applicable to all taxpayers — such as imputed income, business expenses, and accountable reimbursement plans with a focus on clergy and churches — and provides guidance on how best to minimize taxation on these topics. The course provides housing allowance and quarterly estimated tax worksheets, a sample accountable reimbursement policy, resources to help file a clergy tax return, and criteria to consider when selecting a tax preparer.
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. This series is available in English, Spanish, and Korean.
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. This series is available in English, Spanish, and Korean.
For members who are planning for a child's college education
The Affording College course is designed for those who are planning for a child's college education and are concerned about the escalating cost. This course will inform you about various options to fund college; provide tools to help you build a college savings strategy; explore various ways to fund college through personal savings, government aid, scholarships, and tax education credits; and equip you to estimate future college costs and determine a savings or investment plan to help you reach this financial goal.
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.
For members preparing to transition into retirement and retired members learning to live into this new season of life
The Beginning Anew: Finding Wholeness in Retirement course explores topics such as identity, relationships, vocation, health, and resilience, and provides opportunities to engage in various reflection and visualization exercises. This course is an expansion of course five, Beginning Anew and Finding Wholeness, in the Leaving Well: Navigating Transitions in Ministry and Work learning path. An essential component of transitioning well into retirement is preparing to cross the threshold and embrace a new beginning.
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.
You must request access to the THRIVE e-learning series. Learn how to request access.
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.
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.
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.