It was a sunny March day as nearly 40 retiring United Methodist clergy and spouses gathered at Christ United Methodist in Indianapolis to learn about retirement planning.

Retirees enjoyed a continental breakfast sponsored by the United Methodist Financial Credit Union while they were serenaded by Craig Mitchell.

Bishop Trimble encouraged retirees, which represents over 1,100 years of service to the Church, with a devotion and prayer. “I hope you have been blessed as you have been a blessing,” he said. “Thank you for trusting God in the good and the bad.”

Following a few hymns and brief introductions, the group was given tools, resources, and connections to provide them with insight and inspiration as they plan for the next phase of their ministerial life.

“The Retiree Workshop feels like a family reunion, and that makes my heart sing!” said Kathy Mitchell, Associate Director – Support Services. “We certainly hope that everyone enjoys this time of fellowship and worship, and equally important, we hope that our pastors get the critical information for decisions that need to be made as they enter retirement.”

Silver Sneakers Fitness and Wellness gave a presentation over a delicious lunch cooked by congregants of Christ United Methodist Church.

Along with presentations and a Q&A from Wespath Benefits and Investments, guests were engaged by Clergy Care Services Director Rev. Mike Warner, Clergy Care Services Director, who shared, in part, about the Conference’s commitment to support retired clergy, surround them in prayer and community, and continue to encourage them as they continue doing God’s work in this new chapter of life and ministry.

In lieu of receiving another coffee mug or trinket, retirees voted on which ministry they wanted to receive a monetary donation on their behalf. After counting the ballots, Camp and Outdoor Ministries will be the recipient of their gift in their honor. 

Jason Fishburn, Relationship Manager for the United Methodist Credit Union, educated clergy about taking control of their finances, and ultimately, their future.

Guests were also equipped through workshops that offered information about Supplemental Health Plans, SHIP Medicare, as well as Social Security — Retirement, Spouse, and Survivors Benefits.