More than 100 years serving evangelical pastors and ministries.

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Faith-based investing is possible.

GuideStone® shares your values.

GuideStone is the choice of more than 38,000 churches and 600 ministry organizations because we offer faith-based investing for participants. For more than 100 years, GuideStone has specialized in the intricacies of retirement plans for pastors: properly and proactively designating housing allowance, providing the pre-eminent tax guide for pastors and their ministries, and coming alongside pastors, their staffs and ministry leaders with advice in planning their future ministry during their retirement years.

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Do well. Do right. Do MORE.

Do Well. Do Right. Do More

GuideStone is a leading church retirement plan provider.

GuideStone was founded more than 100 years ago as a relief board, helping meet the basic needs of elderly pastors and their wives. Today we help 200,000 participants prepare for the future by offering retirement plans, housing allowance designations and faith-based investing.

Our team understands ministry.

It’s not enough to be a technical expert. We believe our people need to understand ministry to properly serve ministries. That provides you and your staff ministry-minded service along with faith-based investing. You and your staff can be guided by ministry-minded experts whose focused mission is to “serve those who serve the Lord."

Our Christian values are the heart of our retirement plans.

Just as church plans are different from other retirement plans, faith-based investors differ when making their financial decisions. GuideStone understands Christian commitment because we share that commitment. We take a stand for life, family, stewardship, health and safety in the way we screen the GuideStone Funds®.

We're also proud to announce the entire GuideStone Funds family won the Lipper Fund Award for the 2019 Best Overall Small Fund Family — further supporting that investors don't have to choose between award-winning performance or investing according to their values; they can have both!

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Performance guided by values.

Your retirement plan can be designed with excellence in mind.

As a Christian organization, GuideStone realizes that like your ministry, we don’t get a pass on excellence because we’re in the church world. GuideStone Funds are screened, but they are held to the same measure as all other non-screened and socially responsible mutual funds. Your staff won’t need to sacrifice performance. The great news is that you and the church staff can have a faith-based investing option. You can expect that every touchpoint with GuideStone will be with our specialists who understand the church, your ministry and the unique needs of those who serve the Lord.

GuideStone partners with you to build a strong retirement plan while providing alignment to your organization’s values and mission. Because we understand that retirement plans for pastors offer advantages over other retirement plan options, we can offer value in both cost and performance.

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The flexibility and choice your pastors and staff expect.

GuideStone offers a flexible investment menu that ranges from conservative to aggressive. You can choose solely faith-based investments with our Christian-screened GuideStone Funds or provide a wider option that includes GuideStone’s Target Date Funds combined with up to 20,000 asset class funds.

Our tiered-investment menu also allows plan participants to select a diversified portfolio strategy based on their time, interest or knowledge of investments. We offer three different investment approaches — Do It For Me, Do It Myself or Do It Together — allowing a range of investors, from novice to experienced, to meet their unique savings objectives.

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Premier Flexible Custom Wide Custom Please note that GuideStone provides plan sponsors with two share class options — classified as Investor and Institutional ($1 million in plan assets to qualify).

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GuideStone’s complementary plan support is customized to the needs of your ministry leaders and staff.

Flexibility is a large factor in GuideStone’s church retirement leadership. Like our investment lineup, tiered participant menu and fee choice, our plan support services are also flexible. We design our administrative, recordkeeping and plan support services to complement fiduciary services and come alongside you in the same manner we come alongside our participants. GuideStone will customize how we work with you to help serve your leaders and staff.

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Engaging education.

GuideStone provides education and support specially designed for ministry.

Implementing your retirement plan is only one short step in the overall process. The church retirement plan you choose today will be the plan on which your ministry leaders and staff rely for decades to come. Employees are just one call or email away from a one-on-one conversation with a specialist who will provide professional retirement planning assistance. When you choose GuideStone, you’ll gain strong plan support and retirement guidance from our team of highly trained ministry-minded professionals, an array of educational tools and resources, and timely communication.

Customer Relations Specialists

Knowledgeable customer solutions specialists

Each specialist has a ministry-oriented background and is trained in topics such as retirement income estimates, retirement withdrawal strategies, minister’s housing allowance, investment education, and loan models and requests.

Learning Library

Learning library

Our team offers comprehensive resources to help your organization and employees receive vital plan information based on their life stage.

Planning Calculator

Financial and retirement planning calculators

For those who like to analyze their financial situation, we provide an extensive number of calculators and tools.

Portfolio Models

Retirement portfolio models

For those who like to dive deep, these hypothetical models are offered as general examples for investors' reference.

Webcast Series and Webinars

Webcast series and archives

In addition to email and phone support, your plan participants can attend a full schedule of webcasts and will have access to our archives.

Plan Info

Plan information and market updates

GuideStone provides timely communications regarding market outlooks and relevant retirement plan information.

Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors

Whether you receive one-time advice or engage in our managed account approach through GuideStone Personal Advisory Services, our professionals will provide investment insights customized to a participant’s time horizon, risk objectives and retirement savings goals.

GuideStone supports your organization by effectively communicating important information and providing educational resources to help your pastors and staff make the most of their retirement plan.

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Serving those who serve the Lord.

You and your pastors and staff can be assured that every time you reach out to GuideStone for support, a ministry-trained support specialist will be assisting you. While our relationship managers are experts in plan features, ministers' tax regulations and retirement questions, more importantly, each of us has been called to serve your staff with the integrity of our hearts and the skillfulness of our hands. GuideStone provides a biblically responsible investing option and biblically based service!

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Preparing Employees Today for Retirement Tomorrow

GuideStone shares your mission and offers comprehensive retirement plans designed to accomplish your goals. Talk to a church plan expert about our investment flexibility, competitive pricing and exceptional service: