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Pension Fund of the Christian Church

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.

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.

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.

Stay Connected

News & Publications

Events

Pension Fund Insider Update

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.

New & Active Clergy, Staff & Students

Rev. Julian DeShazier,

Bridging the unexpected to help you reach retirement.

The mission of Pension Fund of the Christian Church is For the Support of Ministry. Our vision is every Stone-Campbell pastor and lay employee will enjoy a strong, smart, and secure retirement. Ministerial Relief and Assistance bridges the gap with support programs in time of need. Ministerial Relief – a Bridge for Financial Wellness.

Supporting ministry from the start.

Pension Fund has Ministerial Relief and Assistance programs that focus on supporting ministry from seminary all the way through retirement (and beyond).

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MR&A Purpose Statement:

To meet the evolving needs of new and active clergy and their family, seeking to sustain them in ministry.

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MR&A Programs

Learn more about the programs available for new and active clergy, staff and ministry students.

The purpose of the Emergency Aid Program is to assist ministers with large, unexpected financial obligations. Applicants will be asked to provide copies of outstanding bills for direct payment if aid is approved. Any credentialed minister or his/her surviving spouse can apply for Emergency Aid.

Note: Pension Fund policies now establish a lifetime limit for emergency aid.

Excellence in Ministry (EIM) provides early-call pastors with financial education and a relief grant that can be used for student debt, emergency savings or retirement. Only Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers in their first five years since ordination or commissioning are eligible to apply. Learn more about Excellence in Ministry and how to apply by visiting our EIM page.

The purpose of the Student Gift Membership Program is to encourage early participation in the Pension Plan by gifting dues (and provide benefits to the student and family in the event of disability or untimely death). Learn more Student Gift and how to apply by visiting our Student Gift page.

The Vocational Counseling Program helps Disciples ministers who are transitioning from full-time to part-time ministry, helping them discern complementary vocations that may add new streams of household income. The goal of the program is to mitigate burnout and help them stay in ministry longer. Once approved, the minister will meet for several sessions at no cost with an experienced career counselor selected by Pension Fund.

The Low-Interest Loan Program is to provide financial stability to Disciples ministers by helping them accelerate payoff of high-interest debts, such as credit cards and payday loans.

*Note: This program is only available to those who have successfully completed the Excellence in Ministry program.

The Parental Leave Assistance Program partners with Disciples congregations to assist ministers as they take paid time off from congregational employment for the birth or adoption of a child. The program provides a grant of $2,500 to a congregation to help them provide paid leave for their pastor. To be eligible, a church must already have an approved, paid parental leave policy in place.

In partnership with Week of Compassion, the Disaster Relief Grant Program provides immediate relief to Disciples ministers whose homes and/or churches have experienced loss due to disaster, regardless of Pension Plan membership status.

Note: This grant program is separate from solidarity grants from Week of Compassion. A minister may receive both if they fit the eligibility requirements. There is no application for this program; instead, recipients are referred to Pension Fund by either Week of Compassion or their regional minister.

The purpose of the Reserve Chaplain dues program is to assist ministers whose civilian ministries are interrupted when called to active duty as military chaplains. With this program, Pension Fund pays a portion of the pastor’s pension dues while he/she is called to active chaplain duty.

The New Church Gift Pension Program partners with new Disciples congregations by assisting new church ministers with Pension Plan membership. The program provides a five-year gift to supplement the pension dues paid by a new church start. As the church grows, the amount of the gift steps down each year, while the amount paid by the church increases. To be eligible, the church must be recognized as a new church start by their Disciples region.

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Testimonials:

"There's no stage of life where we have the 'right' amount of money to start planning for retirement, but it's coming quicker than we think. This is a great way for all seminary students to start planning now."

-Student Gift Pension recipient

"The church flooded...it was tremendous. We lost everything, and it was very difficult. The Emergency Grant that was sent to us was unexpected, and reminded us of the Body of Christ and brothers and sisters who care for us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much."

-Emergency Aid recipient

"All my ministry I’ve served small, rural churches. I felt that was my calling. But I certainly didn’t have the funds to buy and train a dog...learning to ask for help myself was a really, really hard thing for me to do."

-Ministerial Relief and Assistance grant recipient

Let us help you bridge the unexpected. Submit an MR&A Application today.

Apply Now for an MRA Program