A Letter from Rev. Randy Barge

Board of Pensions Summer 2019 Updates and News

Board of Pensions Summer 2019 Updates and News

Included below are brief updates and reminders, events and dates related to benefits and the Board.

I.        Highlights from Board of Directors meeting, June 20-22, 2019

  • There will be no increase in Pastor’s Participation dues rates; the medical portion will remain at 25% of effective salary for 2020, as will the minimum and maximum dues.
  • Menu options medical dues will be available as Employer Agreement season opens July 15.
  • The final 2018 audited financial statements and 2018 Financial Review were presented to the board

II.      Organizing Pastor/Evangelists benefits grant applications due July 15.

Dues ‘scholarships’ are available for presbyteries employing organizing pastors/evangelists [job code 301].  Click for more information or the application.

III.    Online Benefits Connections webinar – registration now open!

On Monday, July 22, 2:00 pm, a small group of Church Consultants will host a live webinar. Just in time for Employer Agreement season (opening July 15), a team of Church Consultants will bring updated information and reminders about:

  • the values the Board brings to providing benefits
  • the many benefits available through the Board of Pensions,
  • how to use the flexibility of Menu Options to support your church’s staff
  • medical coverage options; included and optional benefits
  • income security plans
  • ‘how-to’s for accessing Benefits Connect, Employer Agreements and Employer Services

You can also submit your specific questions as you register.

Click here to register for the 2019 Virtual Benefits Connections.


Committee on Self-Development of People featured in Southwest Globe Times Newspaper.

The Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Committee on Self-Development of People featured in the June 14, 2019 Southwest Globe Times Newspaper.

Click here to download the article.


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Presbyterian Youth Triennium: Scholarship Request

Presbytery of Philadelphia

Presbyterian Youth Triennium: Scholarship Request

Who is eligible and what are the criteria to receive a scholarship?

  • Youth are to be active in the church and youth ministry of a church within the Presbytery of Philadelphia
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and number of applicants requesting scholarships in a given year. Application does not guarantee receiving assistance or the amount requested.
  • The request must be made before the registration deadline.
  • Parents and/or legal guardians must grant permission for participation in the Youth Triennium.
  • All information provided remains confidential and held at the Presbytery Office. Please submit completed form to Rev. Greg Klimovitz, Associate Presbyter, at [email protected].

Please fill out the online application below, or click here for a downloadable version.

2019 Youth Triennium Scholarship Application

    If other, specify amount.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, pdf.
    Please upload a JPG or PDF of the three required signatures

2019 Ministry Narrative

Click below to download a PDF of our 2019 Ministry Narrative:

Welcome Church Observes Stations of the Cross

The Welcome Church will again observe Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, inviting all to join them in walking a route through Suburban Station, beginning at noon, on Friday, April 19, 2019. Please meet us in the area near the restrooms in “Section A” of Suburban Station (also the side of the station which is closer to the Comcast Center), by around 11:45am.

Please join us for a meaningful observance of where Christ, condemned, crucified, and risen, may be found, today. Walk with us and join us in prayer. If you would like to participate or would like to know more, please feel free to let them know by contacting Rev. Schaunel Steinnagel at [email protected]

Presbyterian Foundation Introduces Online Tool for Stewardship

Presbyterian Foundation Introduces Online Tool for Stewardship

The Stewardship Navigator is a new online tool to help you create a year-round stewardship program, along with customized materials for your congregation.
It is important for churches to develop creative and comprehensive annual stewardship programs along with customized materials for your congregation.
It offers …

  • Usable Templates
  • Year-Round Guidance
  • Stewardship Calendar
  • Assistance from Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relation’s Officers
  • Tools and Resources provided at no cost to your congregation

Get started with the Stewardship Navigator today by registering your church at StewardshipNavigator.com. For assistance with setting up your account contact [email protected] or 800-858-6127.

RE-CAP: Canoeing the Mountains Event

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy Offers Resources on Social Justice Policies

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy offers the following publication resources on social justice policies:

Religious Freedom without Discrimination (available here) which affirms our denomination’s long history of championing religious freedom while at the same time decrying the use of such language for persecution and discrimination.

Honest Patriotism (available here) which encourages us to claim a place as people of faith in public discourse, championing honesty as a vital Christian virtue and challenging recent political language which degrades the value of truth.

Precautionary Principle: Managing Technological Risks to Protect Humanity and Our Planet (available here) which affirms our denomination’s commitment to protecting people and the environment from risks of damage from the introduction of new technologies–products like pesticides and food additives.  .

These documents join a comprehensive group of policy statements covering a range of issues including environmental concerns, economic justice, racial equity, health care policy, and just taxation. All of these resources are readily available to you and your congregations.

ACSWP is excited about serving as a resource to the denomination and we stand ready to assist you in any way we can to bring social justice issues into the life of the church. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if we can be of any help in creating robust educational and service opportunities for your mid-councils and congregations.