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Pension Benefits

Clergy Retirement Security Plan (CRSP)

CRSP is a retirement plan administered by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. It is a “church plan” in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. CRSP benefit is a benefit that is paid by the church for the clergy and is determined based on plan compensation.

Plan compensation is cash salary plus housing allowance or cash salary plus 25% of cash salary for pastor’s living in a parsonage. For the purpose of calculating pension benefit premium – 25% of cash salary is the value of parsonage.

CRSP has two components, CRSP-DB and CRSP-DC.

  • Defined Benefit (DB) provides a monthly retirement benefit that is calculated using the following formula = 1.25%xDAC at retirement, multiply by years of credited service (reduced for less than full-time appointment) divide by 12 from 1/1/07 through 12/31/13
  • Defined Benefit (DB) provides a monthly retirement benefit that is calculated using the following formula = 1.00%xDAC at retirement, multiply by years of credited service (reduced for less than full-time appointment) divide by 12 after 12/31/13
  • Defined Contribution (DC) provides convenient distribution options at retirement. This includes a lump-sum distribution, partial distributions or a series of regular payments called “cash installment.”

» See CRSP Summary Plan Description for more information.

Welfare Benefits

Comprehensive Protection Plan (CPP)

The Comprehensive Protection Plan (CPP) provides welfare benefits including disability, death and survivor benefits for clergy and their family. CPP benefit is a benefit that is paid by the church for the clergy.

Disability Benefit

  • There is no waiting period for any eligible CPP participants.
  • If approved for CPP Medical leave, the benefit is equal to 70% of total compensation at the time of disability, less any Social Security benefits.
  • The Plan (CPP) will make contributions to your CRSP-DC pension account while disabled.

Death Benefit

  • $50,000 for actives, 20% of DAC for spouses of active clergy

» See CPP Summary Plan Description and CPP – 2016 Benefits Amount for more information.

Additional Welfare Benefits

Voluntary Transition Program

The Voluntary Transition Program was developed to provide transitional benefits to facilitate a grace-filled exit from ministry. This program must be approved by the Bishop, District Superintendents, and Board of Ordained Ministry Conference Relations Committee.

To be eligible for this program a clergy must:

  • Be a clergy in full connection for a minimum of five years, enrolled in CPP, and in good standing.
  • Surrender credentials.

Grief Support Services

Participants enrolled in CPP and their dependents have access to free and confidential short-term counseling services. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 1-800-788-5614, follow the members prompt to reach a representative. If referred to other available services, there will be fees associated with the referrals.

Services include:

  • Depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Financial and legal issues
  • Funeral Arrangements

United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (optional)

The United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) is a personal investment plan available to all Clergy.

Benefits include: flexible plan design; before and after tax-deferred contributions; participant-directed investments; investment management options; socially responsible investments; accepts eligible rollover distributions; 24-hour Internet or telephone account access; hardship loans and withdrawals; and multiple distribution options.

To enroll, please complete the enrollment form, sign and fax to the Benefits Office at 410-309-9794. This form must also be signed by the church treasurer. For more information please contact the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits at 1-800-851-2201

Additional Clergy Specific Information