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Support in your time of need.

If you’re a minister, lay employee or seminarian employed by the church and are facing unexpected financial hardship, consider applying for Ministerial Relief.

Programs

  • Ministerial Relief Pension - Provides monthly grant to retired ministers and their surviving spouses whose incomes are below poverty level and who do not have a pension.

  • Supplemental Gift - For retired Pension Plan members and their surviving spouses whose incomes are below poverty level.

  • Emergency Aid - Provides assistance for ministers facing large, unexpected expenses.

  • Reserve Chaplain Dues Program - Provides assistance with Pension Plan dues for Reserve military chaplains when called to active duty.

  • 13th Check - Provides a small check annually to retirees with the lowest incomes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Ministerial Relief Pension, an individual must:
  • Be an ordained or commissioned minister, recognized as such by the Church

  • Be age 65 or older

  • Have a total annual income equal to or less than two times the poverty level

  • Not be a Pension Plan member

  • Be retired from active ministry


To be eligible for the Supplemental Gift program, an individual must:
  • Be a Pension Plan member

  • Be age 65 or older

  • Have retired from church service, receiving Pension Plan retirement benefit

  • Have been an Active Pension Plan member for at least 5 years, if a minister

  • Have been an Active Pension Plan member for at least 10 years, if a lay employee

  • Have total annual income equal to or less than two times the poverty level


To be eligible for Emergency Aid, an individual must:

Be a commissioned, licensed or ordained minister


To be eligible for Chaplain dues, an individual must:
  • Be an Active Pension Plan member

  • Be a reserve military chaplain called to active duty

  • Be employed and performing ministerial duties when called to active duty


To be eligible for the 13th Check, an individual must:

Be receiving a Ministerial Relief pension or Supplemental Gift

Apply for Relief

How To Apply For Assistance:

Ministerial Relief Pension:
  • Request an Application and complete, making sure to list three references.

  • Send the completed form to Pension Fund. We will contact your references.

  • The Ministerial Relief and Assistance Committee will review your Application within 5 business days after receiving all of your references. You will be notified of the Committee's determination within 2 business days.


Supplemental Gift:
  • Request a Supplemental Gift Information Form. Complete the Form and return it to Pension Fund.

  • The Ministerial Relief and Assistance Committee will review your Application within 5 business days after receiving all of your references. You will be notified of the Committee's determination within 2 business days.


Emergency Aid:
  • Request an Emergency Aid Request Form. Complete the Form.

  • Gather documents that support your assistance request (invoices, bills, etc.).

  • Send completed Emergency Aid Request Form and copies of supporting documents to Pension Fund.

  • The Ministerial Relief and Assistance Committee will review your Application within 5 business days after receiving all of your references. You will be notified of the Committee's determination within 2 business days.


Reserve Chaplain Dues Program:
  • Request the Reserve Chaplain Dues Assistance Form. Complete the Form.

  • Send the completed Form along with a copy of your Orders for Active Duty.

  • The Ministerial Relief and Assistance Committee will review your Assistance Form and Orders within 5 business days after receiving them. Within 2 business days, we will send a remittance form for payment of your portion of pension dues.


13th Check:

No application is required for 13th Check. If you are receiving a Ministerial Relief pension or Supplemental Gift, you are automatically eligible to receive a 13th Check gift.

Help support this vital ministry.