Available Assistance

UCBMA MISSION STATEMENT

United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA), the philanthropic arm of the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, operates with a covenantal spirit as it:

  • provides direct financial support and compassionate responses to authorized ministers, lay church employees, and their surviving spouses/partners, in times of urgent need and personal crises
  • administers and raises funds for leadership initiatives that promote faithful and fruitful ministry across the United Church of Christ

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General Ministerial Assistance Policies

Attempt, but make no guarantee, that using all appropriate combinations of Ministerial Assistance, the income levels of retirees who meet all the eligibility requirements, including 30 years of dues paying service, will be brought up to a minimum level established annually. For 2019, that level is $32,400 for annuitants and $24,300 for surviving spouses/partners.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, no person, active or retired, is eligible for assistance if their total family income is in excess of the average salary of active clergy in the United Church of Christ, currently $59,338 (2018).

All sources of family income, including that of spouses/partners, must be included in the determination of eligibility for Ministerial Assistance.

Loss of United Church of Christ Authorized Ministerial Standing will terminate eligibility for all forms of Ministerial Assistance.

Ministerial Assistance may not replace funding from public assistance or other sources.

Requests for emergency assistance are made in consultation with Conference staff where the person holds authorization for ministry.