On July 1, 1998, BBT's Retired Church Workers’ Fund, which had long assisted retirees with insufficient incomes, was changed to the Church Workers’ Assistance Plan to incorporate both retired and active clergy and lay employees. This expanded ministry helps provide support for pastors and other church workers with financial needs.
Who is eligible?
The Church Workers’ Assistance Plan is intended to provide financial assistance to clergy and lay employees (or former employees) of Church of the Brethren congregations, districts, or camps who have worked at least half-time (1,000 hours/year).
Eligibility is based, in part, on your employment history. If you are currently employed by a Church of the Brethren organization, you must have served for a minimum of five years, at least half-time (1,000 hours/year), in order for your application to be processed. If you have served for 20 or more years, at least half-time, you may be eligible for additional benefits.
How is it funded?
Churches and districts that participate in the Pension Plan support this ministry by contributing an amount equal to 1 percent of the total compensation paid to all their employees who work at least half-time.
A similar payment is strongly encouraged from churches that do not participate in the Pension Plan. Donations may be sent to Brethren Benefit Trust, Attn: Church Workers’ Assistance Plan, 1505 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.
How do I apply?
If you, or someone you know, are in need of assistance, contact Brethren Benefit Trust at 800-746-1505 to request an application or to answer any questions.
Applications are reviewed upon receipt and are strictly confidential.