Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP) is a retirement program providing lifetime income and account flexibility designed for those who serve as clergy of The United Methodist Church. CRSP replaced the Ministerial Pension Plan (MPP), effective January 1, 2007. However, if you have an MPP account, it will continue to be invested, and you will receive benefits from it as before.

CRSP consists of both a defined benefit (DB) plan, which provides a monthly benefit at retirement based upon years of credited service to the Church, and a defined contribution (DC) plan, which provides a retirement account balance.

Effective January 1, 2014, the rate billed to local churches for CRSP is 12.5% of Clergy plan compensation (plan compensation includes cash salary plus housing or salary multiplied by 1.25 for parsonage).

Who is Eligible?

Clergy under Episcopal appointment, serving full-time or part-time at a local church or Conference Responsible Entity are eligible to enroll in CRSP. Enrollment shall begin on the effective date of appointment.  Please note full-time clergy are required to enroll in the plan. Part-time local pastors and members serving less-than-full-time may waive participation only if a Waiver of participation form is submitted to the Conference office.

For additional information regarding CRSP, please download CRSP Brochure.


  • CRSP Brochure

    CRSP Brochure

    The United Methodist Church introduced the Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP) on January 1, 2007. It was amended by General Conference 2012. This brochure is an overview of CRSP

  • CRSP Enrollment Form

    CRSP Enrollment Form

    Enroll ment Form for Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP), United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP), Comprehensive Protection Plan (CPP), UMLifeOptions

  • CRSP Waiver of Participation Form

    CRSP Waiver of Participation Form

    This form allows clergy to elect not to participate in the Clergy Retirement Service Program

  • CRSP At-A-Glance

    CRSP At-A-Glance

    You are eligible to participate in the Clergy Retirement Security Program, or CRSP, if you are a clergy member or local pastor under full-time Episcopal appointment to a conference, church, charge, district or conference-controlled entity or unit and you are receiving compensation. Your conference may also elect to cover clergy appointed at least half-time or at least three-quarter time.