Board of Ministerial Aid

Board of Ministerial Aid

Financial and Counseling Assistance

For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. 
 [ Hebrews 6:10 NRSV ] 

We’re here to help

The Board of Ministerial Aid, founded in 1869, provides confidential financial assistance and counseling both to clergy and their families who serve, or have served in the historic Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and other churches of the "congregational way".  

The founding members of the Board understood the challenges of pastoring and established a fund to assist clergy and their families in times of need. That fund has been supplemented over the years with private donations and proceeds from its portfolio. The Board’s role is to use that fund to model the compassionate care of Christ and continue to help ensure the financial well-being of the Conference’s pastors. 


If you or a clergy person you know could benefit from any of these programs, please contact the Board's President or your Associate Conference Minister. If assistance needed is for someone else, encourage him/her to contact us directly; you also may contact us on his/her behalf.

Confidentiality is of primary importance 

No matter which path you take in seeking Ministerial Aid, you have the comfort of knowing that we strictly enforce procedures that protect the privacy of those we help.

Types of Assistance


Financial Assistance and Counseling Offerings

  • Emergency Grants for an unexpected, immediate need (such as out-of-pocket medical expenses, death in family, other extra-ordinary expenses), as a bridge toward a long term financial solution.
  • Quarterly Grants for retired clergy and/or spouses/partners to supplement inadequate retirement income. 
  • Financial Counseling for active and retired ministers who have standing in the historic Massachusetts Conference and have excessive credit card debts, are unable to balance income with expenses, or wonder about the best way to catch up with unpaid bills. 
  • Pastoral Counseling for clergy who seek or are referred for pastoral counseling.  Centers are available in several Massachusetts locations.  Our counseling partners draw on the rich traditions both of psychology and spirituality.
  • Christmas Gifts: financial assistance for retired clergy and/or spouses/partners — offered in cooperation with the Pension Board.

More Information

The Board of Ministerial Aid (BMA) is an independent non-profit organization.

To get more information or to apply for help, contact one of the Associate Conference Ministers or the President of the Board of Ministerial Aid, Walter Kreil at 978-944-0259 or

Pastoral Counseling:

For Pastoral Counseling, call:

  • Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts   
    Westboro, Worcester, Hudson areas
  • NE Pastoral Institute  
    Eastern Massachusetts including Boston metro area

Financial Counseling:

The Board of Ministerial Aid has collaborated with the UCC Pension Board to provide financial counseling services through Ernst & Young for active and retired ministers who have standing in the historic Massachusetts Conference.  If you have excessive credit card debts, are unable to balance income with expenses, or wonder about the best way to catch up with unpaid bills; 

Ernst & Young can assist you with issues such as these at no cost to you.

Get started with Ernst & Young Financial Planning


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