Life-long retirement income
The retirement benefits industry has been through tremendous change over the past 20 years, making it hard to decide which retirement benefits to offer your workers. Some employers have stopped offering pensions – forcing workers to take on investment risk and responsibility for funding most or all of their retirements. But is that the best option for your ministry and workers?
For nearly 60 years, LCMS ministries have entrusted us to care for LCMS pastors, teachers and ministry workers of all types. By partnering with Concordia Plans, ministries are choosing to work with a team of professionals dedicated to supporting workers and their service, so they can focus on spreading God’s Word.
How does a pension work?
To put it simply, when eligible workers retire, they’ll receive monthly pension income benefits for the rest of their lives and a monthly benefit for their surviving spouse if they should predecease them.
As an employer, you contribute funds into the CRP on your workers’ behalf. Those funds are then pooled together with funds from other LCMS ministries and invested to fund the benefits for workers described under the two available benefit options.
|CRP BY THE NUMBERS: 2022
|RETIREES RECEIVING BENEFITS
|VESTED WORKERS WHO ARE NOT YET RECEIVING BENEFITS
|TOTAL PLAN ASSETS
|CRP BENEFITS PAID TO RETIREES AND SURVIVING SPOUSES
The CRP offers two benefit options.
By providing the CRP pension, you’re helping to ensure your workers have a life-long steady stream of income in retirement. They’ll receive a monthly income benefit for life based on their length-o-service, salary, age and other factors. This pension benefit may be passed on to their surviving spouse, providing peace of mind in retirement. You can choose to offer the Traditional Option, or a combination of both the Account and Traditional Options.
The Traditional Option:
The CRP Traditional Option provides a secure monthly retirement pension benefit to vested workers based on their final average monthly compensation, years of creditable service, retirement date and the integration level. This monthly income will continue throughout the worker’s retirement.
The longer a worker is employed by an LCMS ministry and enrolled in the Plan, the higher their benefit will be in retirement. Rostered workers must be enrolled in this option.
The Account Option:
The Account Option provides a notional account balance that grows each year with the addition of compensation credits (based on the worker’s salary) and interest credits (based on the 30-year Treasury rate). If a worker leaves employment but is not ready to retire yet, the account balance will continue to accrue interest credits in the CRP or they can choose to roll over the balance to the CRSP, an individual retirement account or other qualified plan, or receive a cash distribution. If a worker stays with a participating LCMS ministry through retirement, the worker will have different distribution options, including a monthly pension benefit for life or a lump-sum distribution, making the Account Option the perfect blend of retirement benefits and flexibility. This Option tends to be a good solution for employers who have workers that do not typically stay with the ministry for their entire career. The Account Option is available for newly enrolled non-rostered workers.
Why should you consider offering the Concordia Retirement Plan?
You can make the difference in your workers’ future by providing pension benefits through the Concordia Retirement Plan.
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What our customers are saying
Linda K.CRP Member
Cheryl H.on working with Concordia Plans
David F.CRP Member
I am thankful for the CRP. It is a benefit and blessing that helps provide me with a strong and healthy retirement. The CRP honors our church and school workers. It's one more way that God says 'thank you' to me for my service in His name.