Rooted in a 300-year-old tradition, the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions promotes and sustains the wholeness of church workers in their ministries. This program gives financial help — and hope — to those PC(USA) pastors, missionaries, other church workers, and their families in need.
Specifically, the Assistance Program provides much needed:
• financial and housing assistance to qualifying retired members of the Benefits Plan; and
• financial assistance to eligible church workers and grants to ministers for vocational training.
The Assistance Program provides millions of dollars each year in grants to PC(USA) church workers in need. In 2016 alone, it gave out 1,389 grants for a total of more than $5.5 million in assistance.
The program’s funding depends on those who wish to share God’s love; no dues help fund this ministry. Rather, it relies on voluntary gifts, legacies, endowments, and one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering to sustain its ministry.
Please watch the video Serving Those Who Serve the Church, to appreciate the roots of Presbyterian caring, compassion, and commitment to wholeness.
If you wish to help support the Assistance Program, you can make a gift in one of several ways:
• Make a personal gift and/or include the Assistance Program in your will.
• Encourage your congregation’s support of the Assistance Program.
• Increase your support of the Christmas Joy Offering, as 50 percent of this offering benefits the Assistance Program.
To make a personal gift, you may give online or call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN), ext. 7300. On behalf of all those who serve the Church, thank you!