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GuideStone Transition

Effective July 1, 2024, administration of the Global Methodist Church’s programs providing health insurance, retirement benefits, and other benefits for its clergy and lay employees will move from Wespath Benefits and Investment to GuideStone Financial Services. Wespath will continue providing such services through June 30. See also the GuideStone Health Insurance Rates for additional information.

A FAQ document has been prepared by GuideStone which can be accessed here. Additional inquiries can be directed to GuideStone at [email protected]. If after consulting the FAQ document or emailing GuideStone, you still have questions, email [email protected].

An Important Word for Female Clergy

Some have wondered what impact this transition will have on female GM Church clergy. Female clergy will continue to be covered under the retirement benefits, health insurance, and other

benefits administered by GuideStone on the same basis as male clergy. GuideStone, originally founded to serve Southern Baptist churches and pastors, today serves several Christian denominations in addition to the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Global Methodist Church has been assured by the leadership of GuideStone that decisions made by the Southern Baptist Convention on issues such as the ordination of women or women serving in any clergy role do not and will not impact the services that GuideStone provides to the Global Methodist Church.

GuideStone has served like-minded, non-Southern Baptist churches since 2004. GuideStone has stated the following: “Some of the churches and denominations we serve hold differing beliefs on the offices in the church and who may fill those roles. While we may disagree on some beliefs and practices, we share far more in common than we have differences and are able to serve them effectively in their benefit needs.”

As part of its decision to have GuideStone administer its benefits programs, the Global Methodist Church has communicated to GuideStone that it is unequivocally committed to the ordination and deployment of women in any and all leadership positions in the Global Methodist Church and its regional conferences and local churches.

Benefits Plans and Administration Through June 30, 2024

The Global Methodist Church provides health insurance for eligible clergy of local Global Methodist congregations in the United States through “HealthFlex.” Health insurance is also available to approved extension ministries of the GM Church where the ministries elect to participate. HealthFlex is administered for the GM Church by Wespath. Eligible clergy are also offered Covenant Clergy Personal Investment Plan (Covenant PIP), a 403(b) defined contribution plan sponsored by the Global Methodist Church.

Learn more about our benefits & insurance options by clicking a button below or contact a member of our Benefits Team.

Questions? Contact our Benefits Team.

Rick Van Giesen, Benefits Officer | [email protected]

Teri Casson, Benefits Team – Pension | [email protected]

Brenda Harris, Benefits Team – HealthFlex| [email protected]

All general questions can be sent to: [email protected]

 

make a benefits payment

Benefits Invoices are emailed monthly. To save a stamp and ensure the quickest processing, you can pay online. Find the instructions for online payments here.

If you are unable to pay online, make checks payable to “Global Methodist Church” and send them to:

PO Box 1158
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Benefits FAQ

As of July 1, 2022, the Global Methodist Church offers the Covenant Clergy Personal Investment Plan (Covenant PIP), a 403(b) defined contribution plan sponsored by the Global Methodist Church. A brochure accessible here provides information on clergy participation in Covenant PIP.

Eligible clergy will enroll for Covenant PIP by completing the spreadsheet/enrollment form according to these instructions.

Local churches may also participate in Covenant PIP for their lay employees. Churches would have a menu of three options from which to choose: 1) allow employees to make discretionary contributions from their pay; 2) the church matching the lay employee’s contribution, up to 5% of the lay employee’s compensation; or 3) contributing 5% of the lay employees’ compensation plus a match of the employee’s contribution up to an additional 5%. The process for enrolling lay employees is under development.

The Global Methodist Church offers eligible lay and clergy participants long-term disability and life insurance benefits administered through Unum. Clergy enrollment is mandatory for full-time and 3/4 time clergy. Lay participation is under development. A brochure accessible here provides additional information.

The Global Methodist Church provides health insurance for eligible clergy of local Global Methodist congregations in the United States through “HealthFlex.” Health insurance will also be available to approved extension ministries of the GM Church where the ministries elect to participate. HealthFlex is administered for the GM Church by Wespath. Coverage will begin on January 1, 2023.

Participants can choose from six medical plans, which are outlined here. In addition, there are three dental plans and three vision plans available. HealthFlex utilizes the nation-wide PPO network of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, their widest network.

Each local church/charge or approved extension ministry – wherever located – whose clergy participate in HealthFlex will pay the same assessment depending on the coverage selected by each participant: Individual coverage is $841; Participant + 1 dependent is $1597; Family coverage is $2185. These are monthly rates. The rate the participant pays will depend on the plan that she or he chooses. Naturally, the more coverage purchased, the higher the cost. There is one plan that requires no contribution from the pastor. The rates can be seen here.

Participation is mandatory for full-time clergy with four exceptions: 1. Clergy who are bi-vocational or retired from another profession who have coverage through a current employer (not the church they are serving) or a previous employer (e.g., a teacher or Federal employee.) 2. Coverage through the spouse’s employer; 3. Coverage through military insurance (like TriCare); or 4. Coverage through Medicare or Medicaid. If the exception is granted, the church pays no health insurance assessment to the GM Church. A pastor who wishes to claim one of the exemptions must do so by completing this form. Please observe these instructions.

Coverage is optional for lay employees who work at least 30 hours per week, however 75% of eligible lay employees at a ministry site must participate. Wespath has an informative online tool to help participants choose plans that are appropriate for their needs, available at: Get help choosing your benefits.

Eligible participants who are new to the Global Methodist’s HealthFlex health insurance plan will enroll by filling out the enrollment form according to the instructions (here).

Direct questions to the GM Church’s Transitional Benefits Officer, Rick Van Giesen, at [email protected].

Helpful Links

Wespath Website

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