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I am aware that there is a window for this year and 2000 to rejoin SS. I opted out in 1985 because I had already paid in for 20 years, felt I wouldn't live to see SS retirement (not because of my death, but that of SS)and because I was with a Christian denomination, as a pastor, that allowed that just as the government is not allowed to interfere with the church (yeah, right!) that the pastors shouldn't need to expect that the government would be obligated to ante up at retirement.

I am now with a denomination that supports the idea that pastors, just as everyone else, should participate in the paying of all taxes and in planning for retirement. Typically, most pastors do not have the opportunity to put much money away for the proverbial rainy day.

That brings me to my question: What should I do? I am 53 years old and should have the ability to continue working for another 25 or 30 years (but do I want to, or will I really be able to do so?) before needing to have assistance in the form of something like SS. I do have a small retirement fund that I have contributed to on my own TSA. My wife, a school teacher, has obviously continued to contribute to SS as required. We have also taken some of her pre-tax money for a TSA. She is 50 years old. We have 2 children who are now pretty much on their own (19 & 23).

thanks for the help! Jim
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