This two-day seminar takes a holistic approach to retirement planning. Plan members and their spouses or partners are educated and engaged in personal financial planning as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement.

THRIVE has replaced the Growing into Tomorrow ... Today seminar.

​"I would recommend the seminar because it provides reminders of issues I had not anticipated fully and answers to specific questions I had asked elsewhere but had not been able to have answered. It also gave me dedicated time to thinking critically about retirement issues." 

— Seminar participant/inquirer

Rooted in A Theology of Benefits, the Board’s new retirement planning seminar addresses 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.

THRIVE is taught by Board University educators and other experts throughout the country. It includes interactive and hands-on learning opportunities.

“This seminar helps members prepare in all ways for the transition to retirement ― so they may thrive.”

— Rev. Dr. José Irizarry
Vice President, Education

Who it’s for

Plan members 10 or fewer years away from retirement, and their spouses or partners, are welcome to attend. This includes part-time employees of the Church who are enrolled in any benefit from the Benefits Plan.

What you’ll learn

In this seminar, you will

  • identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement;
  • assess finances, including options for saving before retirement, and develop appropriate expectations for retirement living;
  • discuss spiritual, physical, and mental health issues related to aging;
  • create next steps in these areas essential to well-being —
    • identity
    • vocation
    • economics
  • discover tools and resources for do-it-yourself retirement preparation; and
  • acquire knowledge to confidently transition to, and ultimately thrive in, retirement.

Upcoming seminars

Currently scheduled THRIVE seminars are as follows.

Registration will open approximately three months prior to each of the following seminars.

July 23-24, 2020
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church
Syracuse, NY
This seminar has been cancelled.

August 20-21, 2020
Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, NC

September 28-29, 2020
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Dubuque, IA

October 1-2, 2020
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Austin, TX

October 5-6, 2020
New Hope Presbyterian Church
Castle Rock, CO

October 8-9, 2020
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh, PA

October 15-16, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Shreveport, LA

October 20-21, 2020
Columbia Theological Seminary
Decatur, GA

November 10-11, 2020 
Sacramento Presbytery
Sacramento, CA