Am I Eligible to Join?

The Baptist Pension Scheme has three different sections. These are described briefly below. Full information on each section can be found in the Application Packs.

The Ministers’ Section

This section of the scheme is open to Accredited Baptist Ministers and Unaccredited Ministers.

Accredited Baptist Ministers (nationally accredited by the BUS, BUW or BUGB) are eligible even if you are working for other types of organisation but you should check with the Pensions Office first if you are in an unusual situation e.g. working for a charity.  Anyone working in the private or public sectors (including prisons or the NHS) should ask your employer what pension scheme is available in relation to that employment.

Unaccredited Ministers are only eligible if working for a:

  • Baptist Union within the UK (i.e. BU Scotland, BU Wales or BU Great Britain) 
  • Baptist Regional Association
  • Baptist College
  • Church that belongs to the BUS, BUW or BUGB or Associated (Church Controlled) Organisations.

This section is also open to Ministerial Students who are being paid whilst training in pastorate.  

The Staff Section

This section of the scheme is open to Staff who work for a:

  • Baptist Union within the UK (i.e. BU Scotland, BU Wales or BU Great Britain) 
  • Baptist Regional Association
  • Baptist College
  • Church that belongs to the BUS, BUW or BUGB or Associated (Church Controlled) Organisations.

The Basic Section

The Basic section is specifically designed so that the contributions paid by the member and the employer are less than for the Ministers’ and Staff sections. There is no Income Protection cover and death in service benefits are lower. To be eligible, you must earn at least £5,824 for the 2016/2017 tax year (this figure is known as the Qualifying Earnings Threshold and is set each tax year by the government). 

Which section can I join (summary)

Category Ministers Staff
Who is included?

Accredited and Unaccredited Baptist ministers, including students who are remunerated while training in pastorate 

Staff of Unions, Associations, Colleges, Churches and associated (church controlled) organisations 

Ministers  Section ‚Äč
Staff Section
Basic Section

If you are not sure which Section is right for you, we recommend that you seek independent financial advice.