General Agency: Wespath Benefits and Investments
The mission of Wespath (formerly the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits) is “to care for those who serve by providing investment and benefit services according to the principles of The United Methodist Church.” Wespath administers pension plans that help secure the retirement futures of clergy and lay workers. It invests in a socially responsible manner and participates in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing. Wespath’s Center for Health provides health and welfare benefits through wellness-driven HealthFlex plans. The Positive Social Purpose Lending Program promotes affordable housing, community development and expanded loan opportunities for poor communities worldwide.
General agencies are the regularly established councils, boards, commissions, committees, or other units with ongoing responsibilities that have been constituted by the General Conference. They provide essential services and ministries beyond the scope of individual local congregations and annual conferences through services and ministries that are highly focused, flexible, and capable of rapid response.
(For more about General Agencies see ¶701 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline)