Caring for Members in Discernment and Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ

Since 1885, the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA), the philanthropic arm of the Pension Boards, has been offering direct financial support and leadership programs for United Church of Christ clergy, lay church employees and their surviving spouses. Because we know the challenges and often sacrifices that are made while serving in ministry, we seek to relieve worries and financial demands and thereby ensure that persons receive the care of Church in their time of need.

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Emergency Grants
We know that sometimes those who serve the Church encounter urgent situations that require more financial resources than they have available. Consequently, we offer Emergency Grants to active or retired clergy, lay church workers, and Members in Discernment to help meet eligible needs and to ensure they feel the embrace of the Church at this difficult time.

New Church Start Benefit Support Grants
Grants are given to assist new church start pastors with the cost of health and dental premiums or Annuity Plan contributions. The initiative is in cooperation with UCC Local Church Ministries and Conferences.

Higher Education Scholarships for Children of Disabled or Deceased Ministers

University and seminary scholarships are available for eligible children of disabled or deceased authorized United Church of Christ ministers.