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Pension Fund of the Christian Church

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Products

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As a church plan, Pension Fund is able to offer flexible and worry-free retirement options for employers and their employees. Our team of Area Directors will meet with you to discuss your needs and help you get started.

Individual Savings & Retirement Products

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Whether you’re just starting out or closer to retirement, choose from a variety of products to help you reach your retirement and savings goals.

Program Applicants

Ministerial Relief & Assistance

Our relief programs meet the evolving needs of new, active, and retired clergy and their families to ensure all ministers and lay workers can enjoy a strong, smart, secure retirement.

Supporters & Donors

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Your gifts and financial support helps ministry workers in need bridge the unexpected from now until retirement (and beyond).

Resources

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Discover planning and educational tools & resources to help you navigate your financial wellness journey.

For Members & Clergy

For Members

Guides, factsheets and resources to aid you on the Road to Financial Wellness.

For Clergy

Clergy-specific resources to support your call to ministry.

For Employers

For Employers

Hiring tip sheets, tax guides and more to help you manage your employees' benefits.

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Pension Fund has partnered with Pete the Planner® to provide members with access to financial guides who will help answer your tough financial questions & online tools such as calculators and eLearning courses.

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Connect with your Area Director and learn more about how Pension Fund can partner with you to create financial stability in an increasingly uncertain economy.

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Products

Overview

As a church plan, Pension Fund is able to offer flexible and worry-free retirement options for employers and their employees. Our team of Area Directors will meet with you to discuss your needs and help you get started.

Individual Savings & Retirement Products

Overview

Whether you’re just starting out or closer to retirement, choose from a variety of products to help you reach your retirement and savings goals.

Program Applicants

Ministerial Relief & Assistance

Our relief programs meet the evolving needs of new, active, and retired clergy and their families to ensure all ministers and lay workers can enjoy a strong, smart, secure retirement.

Supporters & Donors

Make An Impact with a Donation

Your gifts and financial support helps ministry workers in need bridge the unexpected from now until retirement (and beyond).

Resources

Overview

Discover planning and educational tools & resources to help you navigate your financial wellness journey.

Your Money Line

Pension Fund has partnered with Pete the Planner® to provide members with access to financial guides who will help answer your tough financial questions & online tools such as calculators and eLearning courses.

Ministerial Relief & Assistance

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Giving back to those who have given their all.

Pension Fund began in 1895 as the Board of Ministerial Relief, charged with the task of raising funds for clergy in need. Even though the organization has changed, our mission hasn’t. Ministerial Relief and Assistance is the Church’s way of giving back to ministers, their spouses and lay employees.

Mrs Ira Chase

How it Started:

In 1895, Ira Chase, a Civil War veteran, former governor of Indiana, and a pastor, died unexpectedly, leaving his wife and four children to care for themselves. Rhoda Jane Castle Chase, his widow, had been blinded as a result of contracting smallpox as a Red Cross nurse during the war, and so she and her children faced serious challenges. Wise and compassionate church leaders saw their need, and in response collected an offering on her behalf. That offering purchased a small plot of land and a modest home for the widow. She accepted, on the condition that when she and her children no longer needed the home it would be sold and $1000 of the profit would be used to support someone else in need. Ministerial Relief and Assistance (MR&A), created solely to provide assistance to clergy and their families in times of need, was born.

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+1.7 Million

Amount distributed in 2021 to ministry colleagues across the life of the Church.

Ministerial Relief & Assistance has been a constant for over 125 years as way to give back to ministers, spouses and lay employees via donations. This fund was established to care for those who have fallen into troubled times and need a helping hand from their church community. Today, we offer over a dozen programs to support our colleagues throughout their ministerial career (and beyond). Learn more about these important programs and how you—or someone you might know—could benefit from them.

Ministerial Relief & Assistance Programs:

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New & Active Clergy, Staff & Students

  • Student Gift Membership
  • Excellence in Ministry
  • Parental Leave Assistance
  • Low-Interest Loans
  • Reserve Chaplain Dues
  • Gift Pensions for New Church Planters
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Emergency Aid
  • Disaster Relief
  • Salary Continuation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Funeral Support
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Retirees

  • Ministerial Relief Pensions
  • Supplemental Gifts
  • 13th Check
  • Emergency Aid
  • Disaster Relief
  • Health & Wellness
  • Funeral Support
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