As many of you know, we are members of the Church Benefits Association and the Church Alliance. The Church Benefits Association (CBA), formerly called the Church Pensions Conference, is a voluntary membership association of approximately 50 church pension boards, religious orders, and denominational benefit programs for clergy and church professionals.
CBA began as a yearly conference in 1915. In its over one-hundred-year history, it has grown from just a meeting to an association with activities in all areas of church benefits.
Membership in the CBA is open to any organization sponsoring or administering church benefit programs. The main activity of the CBA is its annual meeting. The annual meeting is a forum for disseminating, studying, and discussing information relating to the efficiency of operating church employee benefits programs and the administration of those programs.
The Association is dedicated to promoting excellence and preserving the traditions of church benefit boards and church benefit plans through nonpartisan education, collaboration, and fellowship.
At our annual meeting last week, I was elected to the board of directors for the CBA. We have been a part of the CBA for over 40 years. It is an honor to be asked to serve and represent the 50 religious organizations and help direct the future of the organization.