If you are vested under the Clergy Pension Plan, there are three instances when you can or must retire and start to receive your pension benefits:
|Early Retirement||At or after age 55|
|Normal Retirement||At or after age 65|
|Mandatory Church Retirement Age||At age 72*|
* If you are vested and stop working in the Church prior to age 72 and have not yet retired under the Clergy Pension Plan, the Internal Revenue Service requires that you must begin receiving your pension by no later than April 1 of the year following the year in which you turn age 70½ (or, if later, by April 1 of the year following the year in which you stop working in the Church).