A006 Feasibility Study of a Fund to Pay Congregations’ Future Benefit Obligations

Final Status: Concurred as Amended

Resolved, That the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) shall conduct a feasibility study of the steps, resources, and time necessary to establish a fund to pay some or all of the pension and health plan obligations of clergy and lay professionals deploying to predominantly non-white congregations, particularly to congregations whose economic viability has likely been impaired by historic discrimination; and be it further

Resolved, That the study estimate the funding needed to pay the annual estimated benefit obligations of 100, 500, and 1,000 clergy and lay professionals to deploy to such non-white congregations, as well as the estimated funding needed to permanently endow such a fund for each of those increased deployment levels; and be it further

Resolved, That study results be provided to Executive Council by September 1, 2025 and published that month.