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Common Questions

What is the difference between individual and group life insurance?

Individual life insurance is coverage for an individual, usually the purchaser. Group life insurance is provided for members of a group and may be provided by your employer.

What types of individual life insurance policies are available?

Church Life offers three kinds of Life Insurance Policies:

  • Term Life Insurance covers the insured for a certain period of time known as the "term." The policy pays death benefits only if the insured dies during the term, which can be 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or even 30 years.
  • Universal Life Insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that allows you, after your initial payment, to pay premiums at any time, in virtually any amount, subject to certain minimums and maximums. This policy also permits you to adjust the death benefit more easily than you may under a traditional whole life policy. To increase your death benefit, the insurance company usually requires satisfactory evidence of your continued good health.
  • Whole Life Insurance is the most common type of permanent life insurance. Premiums generally remain constant over the life of the policy and must be paid periodically in the amount specified in the policy. These policies are currently offered solely as a conversion from a Group Life Insurance policy upon termination of employment.

How do I name a beneficiary?

Download the Life/Annuities Beneficiary Form and submit the completed form to Church Life.

What is included in Group Life Insurance for employees in the Defined Benefit Plan?

If you are younger than 72 and an active participant in the Defined Benefit Plan, your Group Life Insurance benefit is equal to twice your annual compensation, up to $50,000. Your insurance includes an Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit and a Living Benefit, allowing you to receive your benefits while still alive if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Why should I consider purchasing Supplemental Life Insurance?

Supplemental Life Insurance provides additional coverage for those who feel their current Life Insurance benefit will not be enough to cover their loved ones' expenses.

How can I request a discussion to talk about my Life Insurance needs and options?


Life insurance and annuities are offered by or through Church Life Insurance Corporation, 19 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

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