Veterans of the Cross
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Veterans of the Cross helps veteran church workers and their spouses in financial crisis. The program supplements low or inadequate pensions of retired pastors or their widowed spouses to help them afford the cost of necessities such as medication, food and utility bills. The average monthly support is between $500 and $1,000. Veterans of the Cross stipends are approved annually and continue as long as need is demonstrated.
The program was created in 1937 to help care for the spiritual and physical well-being of retired servants of the church, who had enrolled in the old, low-benefit pension plan. They often had staggering medical expenses and experienced difficulties meeting their basic needs. Today, some retirees need supplementary assistance because of lifetime service in small congregations that are unable to afford full-time salaries and thereby have a lower rate of contribution to the worker's Concordia Plan Services retirement account.
The program is funded by the LCMS Office of National Mission thanks to faithful donors. It is administered by Concordia Plan Services.
Learn more about this ministry by downloading this info-sheet.
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