Health benefits rates for 2021


The Health Benefits Committee recommended and the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits approved the Health rates for Active and Retiree Health plans for 2021. 
In addition to the rate changes, the Active Health Plans will have new names for 2021.  The Basic Plan is now called Plan 6000 due to the maximum out of pocket expenses being $6,000.  It will increase for all ranges of premiums by 3%.  The Basic Plus Plan is now called Plan 4000 again due to maximum out of pocket and will increase 9%.  The HSA Plan is now called Plan 5500 HSA and it will increase by 3%.  There is no pricing distinction between the plans for what is charged to the churches.  Clergy who opt for the Plan 4000 plan (formerly Basic Plus) pay the difference in premium costs.  For those on the Plan 4000 (Basic Plus), a letter is being sent out from Dr. Mark King to address the increased pricing for this plan.
Coverages and benefits remain unchanged.  The HSA Plan, Plan 5500 HSA, continues to offer a reduced cost share for the clergy contribution as well as seeding funds to the HSA accounts used by the participants. 

The Retiree Plan will be shifting from a self-funded arrangement managed by Healthgram to a fully insured Medicare Advantage Plan with Humana.  There will be additional benefits such as Pharmaceutical prescription coverage.   There will be NO changes in the premiums charged.  Information is being sent out over the course of the next few months to prepare for this transition. 
For questions, please contact Conference Treasurer Mark King ( or 704-714-2323) or Dale Bryant, Benefits Administrator (704-714-2332 or

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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