The cost of health insurance for churches is on the rise. What is the best plan? It’s difficult to maneuver through the various options, especially given the fragility that seems to frame the need of the staff and the real vulnerability that a church might feel. What you offer in your benefits package is naturally part of the decision process for a pastor. Whether a person has a young family or is older, there are obligations to care for family and, as we all know, salary and health care are central. Many of the health insurance plans for churches are established shared plans, which may be a new approach, so it’s best to read about it and see if it’s a solution for you and your staff. You may want to consider the major companies like Blue Cross and Cigna. Particular denominations also offer group health insurance for churches that can be competitive with the plans presented below, which represent more widely available plans.