One of the ways BOBS cares for RCA pastors is through medical, life, and long-term disability insurance. In fact, the RCA’s Book of Church Order requires a minister’s employer (whether a church or another organization, in the case of a specialized minister) to provide these benefits to the minister. When a church extends a call to a pastor, the church promises to provide all three kinds of insurance, in addition to contributions to a retirement plan.
Ordained and commissioned pastors actively serving at least 17.5 hours per week are provided with employer-paid group life and long-term disability insurance benefits through the Board of Benefits Services. Ministers who work at least 20 hours per week may enroll in medical insurance through the Reformed Benefits Association (RBA).
Group medical insurance is available through the Reformed Benefits Association (RBA). The RBA is a nonprofit corporation established by the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The RBA offers a variety of group medical insurance plans as well as group life insurance, vision, dental and additional supplementary plans.
The Book of Church Order requires employers to provide insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the minimum standards set by BOBS.
Mental health benefits
Through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), BOBS makes free counseling available to active and retired RCA ministers, denominational staff, missionaries, and their households. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services provides three free confidential Christian counseling sessions per issue either in person or online.