Changes in Employment

Enrolling in Benefits

Please review our policies on eligibility for enrollment. To enroll in benefits, complete enrollment form and provide it to your employer to enter in online portal. Covenant Benefits cannot accept applications missing any appropriate signatures.

Transferring from one Covenant employer to another

To complete the transfer of your benefits from one Covenant employer to another, your new employer will update your information on the online portal. Your former employer will be responsible for your health insurance coverage until the end of the month in which your employment was terminated. Reimbursements and/or invoices will be sent automatically after your transfer of benefits has been processed.

Terminating employment

If your employment is terminated or your hours per week are decreased below the eligibility requirements, you are eligible for benefits through the end of the month in which the change occurred, and reimbursement will be sent to your employer automatically for unused premiums after your termination of benefits has been processed. If terminating health insurance, you will automatically be offered a continuation of coverage by mail. You may continue your health insurance policy at your own expense for up to 18 months.

Terminating insurance for other reasons

If you choose to terminate your insurance plan to elect another insurance plan other than another employee plan provided by a different employer, you may not continue life and long-term disability benefits and you may not re-enroll until the next open enrollment period. This waiting period is immediately canceled if you transfer employment to another Covenant institution.

Severance packages

If your employer chooses to offer you a severance package when terminating employment, please note that you are only eligible for health benefits (including medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance). You are not eligible for life and long-term disability benefits after your employment has been terminated.

After your severance package agreement has expired, you will be offered continuation of coverage, which allows you to remain enrolled in health insurance at your own expense for up to 18 months.


If you plan to retire in the near future, please contact Covenant Benefits for a Retiree/Medicare Supplemental Insurance application and packet. You and your eligible dependents are able to continue receiving health benefits into retirement. After the age of 65, this plan is a supplementary plan to Medicare and includes vision, dental, and Medicare part D prescription coverage. (Please note: You are only eligible for life and long-term disability insurance while you are actively working full-time at a Covenant organization. These benefits cannot be carried into retirement.) Please see our Medicare page for more details.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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