Advantages

The FCMM Retirement Plan offers unique advantages to employers and participants. The plan is open to all staff members of qualifying employers (churches), including both clergy and staff.

Multiple Investment Options

Whether the participant prefers to rely on investments via FCMM-provided funds (Options C, D, E), to self-manage through mutual funds, or some combination of methods, a wide variety of investment options is available.

Flexibility

The participant can choose how funds are drawn as benefits, allowing for both annuity benefit and some continuing self-management of resources, if desired. 

Housing Allowance Tax Benefit

FCMM can designate all or part of retirement distributions as tax-free housing allowance for credentialed pastors and commissioned missionaries. Only a church plan is able to do so.

Minimal Administrative Work

FCMM handles much of the employer administrative work, record keeping, and compliance - at no cost to the employer.

IRS Compliancy

FCMM maintains the retirement plan as a compliant 403(b)(9) church plan, which enables all the benefits and flexibility allowed to denominational plans.

Death Benefit

If a participant dies before beginning to draw retirement income benefits (annuity), the full amount value is available to designated beneficiaries. If a participant dies after starting benefits, any funds not included in an annuity are available to the beneficiaries.

Advising

Objective counsel for investment decisions and retirement planning is available.

Effective April 2016, FCMM has employed Jeff Englin, formerly a wealth management consultant with ABG Financial Services, to give full-time service to FCMM Retirement Plan participants. Jeff can provide assistance in determining which investment options may best fit a participant's goals. He is familiar with all of our investment options and can give special assistance in selecting specific American Funds and Biblically Responsible funds. Contact Jeff at jeff.englin@fcmmbenefits.org or 952.853.1751.

Portability

If an account holder moves to another participating EFCA ministry, it’s simple for the new employer to make contributions to the account. If a participant leaves an EFCA ministry, the account may not receive additional contributions but can stay with FCMM for the participant's eventual retirement benefit.

Low Fees

Generally, FCMM’s fees are lower than, or competitive with, most investment programs.