About the PC(USA)
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Board of Pensions
The Board of Pensions serves more than 50,000 ministers of the Word and Sacrament, other church workers, and dependents who participate in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) benefits plan. The Board pledges to care for servants of the church throughout retirement and, after their deaths, for their dependents. The Board manages investments of $6.8 billion and paid out almost $308 million in pension benefits in 2011. The active medical plan paid nearly $178 million in medical claims, while collecting nearly $165 million in dues/contributions, and awarded more than 1,250 assistance grants totaling over $5.3 million.
The General Assembly Mission Council is the mission and ministry agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In countless ways and countless places, the spirit of the Great Commission—coupled with the charge by the 2008 and 2010 General Assemblies to “Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide”—renewed the GAMC in its call to inspire, equip, and connect Presbyterians to join in God’s mission for the transformation of the world. Six ministry areas carry out the GAMC’s mission work: Compassion, Peace and Justice; Evangelism and Church Growth; Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women; Theology, Worship and Education; Vocation; and World Mission.
Office of the
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) encourages the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be a people of hope—seeking the mind of Christ, working for justice and mercy, and participating in God’s continual reformation of the church. Under the leadership of the stated clerk, the OGA serves as the denomination’s ecclesiastical arm, helping the church be the church as defined by the PC(USA) constitution. The OGA offers support for the church’s governance and structure and seeks to bring alive a clear, common calling to actively engage with and respond to the reality of a changing church.
The Presbyterian Foundation was established in 1799 to raise, safeguard, and distribute funds for mission. A vital part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Foundation is committed to strengthening congregations, presbyteries, synods, the General Assembly, seminaries, colleges and universities, retirement communities, and other church entities by developing gifts and managing funds on their behalf and working with them to build communities of generosity among their members and constituents. We provide all Presbyterians an avenue to realize their philanthropic goals through a variety of giving options and maintain a strong focus on the Reformed values that guide our stewardship and investment.
and Loan Program
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program Inc. (PILP) provides low-cost loans to Presbyterian churches and entities that are building, expanding, remodeling, or reshaping ministry space. Funds come from PC(USA) endowments and investments from members, churches, and church governing bodies. Investors participate by purchasing interest-bearing term notes. PILP uses these investments to make loans to churches for capital projects. The churches repay the loans with interest, some of which goes back to investors. The remainder covers PILP’s operating costs and provides capital to fund more loans.
Building on the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) seeks to glorify God by contributing to the spiritual and intellectual vitality of Christ’s church. The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation publishes resources that advance religious scholarship, stimulate conversation about moral values, and inspire faithful living. PPC publishes under four imprints: Westminster John Knox Press, Geneva Press, The Thoughtful Christian, and The Presbyterian Leader. The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation releases approximately 50 new titles each year and has a backlist of more than 1,800 titles.