The Minnesota Annual Conference provides health insurance through Wespath’s HealthFlex Exchange plan. Clergy appointed in the Minnesota Conference half-time or more are required to complete the enrollment or waiver within 30 days of appointment effective date. Below you will find information and premiums for the various benefits available for eligible clergy and lay employees within the conference. A local church must first adopt the HealthFlex coverage for their lay employees who work at least 30 hours per week, year round.
The conference participates in the pension and welfare plans through Wespath Benefits and Investments.
Clergy, spouses, and children in the home may request grants for counseling and psychotherapy. Requests can be submitted for 50 percent of out-of-pocket cost after insurance coverage per session up to a maximum amount of $65 per session and maximum financial counseling grant from the conference of $1,000 per year per person. Requests for grants are submitted to the conference benefits officer. Download Counseling Resources and Financial Aid Application.
The local church can participate in Wespath’s United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) for lay employees. The local church completes the Wespath Adoption Agreement for UMPIP, choosing the eligibility options for the pension plan. Eligible lay employees may participate with personal contributions from wages on a before-tax, Roth or after-tax basis. The lay employee pension plan is an agreement between the local church and Wespath; the conference benefits officer is only a resource person in this process.The 2016 Book of Discipline, paragraph 258.2g(12), encourages local churches to provide 3 percent of compensation pension benefits for lay employees. Learn more about UMPIP
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church