In 2007, the sense of urgency to provide consistent health coverage for pastors and church workers was affirmed by the Delegate Body of MC USA in San Jose, CA. At the Assembly the Delegates approved a resolution stating: “We request the Executive Board to oversee the development and implementation of a plan whereby all…congregations participate together in an arrangement that covers all our pastors with basic health insurance.”
This led to the development of The Corinthian Plan, with the name symbolizing a vision that would go beyond “normal” health care coverage offered at that time. The Corinthian Plan seeks to live out a sharing and mutual aid in Christian community that is foundational to its core values and structure. Specifically, The Corinthian Plan references II Corinthians 8: 1 -15; 9: 6-15. These Scripture verses call the newly forming church to recognize the needs of in their community in such a way that those with means would share with those in need.
At the time of the development of The Corinthian Plan, Keith Harder was working as a Denominational Minister for Mennonite Church USA. He was asked to head up the project team that worked at implementation. Keith stayed on as Director of The Corinthian Plan after implementation. Keith brought a rich background of working with pastors and congregations through being a denominational minster for MC USA. In addition he brought a history of working with health coverage in MC USA through the Covenant Mutual Benefits Plan (COMB). However, the COMB plan had its limitations, as not all Conferences had enough congregations participating to qualify.