April 11, 2014
(Submitted by the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits)
WHEREAS, it has been the practice in the past of the New England Annual Conference to enroll all clergy, including those who serve less than full-time, in the Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP) or its predecessor pension programs and;
WHEREAS, legislative changes at the 2012 Quadrennial General Conference no longer will allow clergy who serve less than 50% time to participate in the CRSP program, and those who serve less than full-time but 50% or greater may participate only at the option of the annual conference;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the New England Annual Conference authorize the Conference Board of Pensions to enroll Clergy that serve less than full-time but 50% or greater in the CRSP program and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference Board of Pensions strongly encourages local churches with Clergy who serve less than 50% to support these clergy pensions with an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of these pastors’ salary through the United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP).