The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sponsors Presbyterian CREDO conferences so that PC(USA) pastors may cultivate wholeness — their spiritual, vocational, health, and financial well-being — to better serve the Church.
The Reverend Dr. José Irizarry, Vice President, Education, discusses CREDO Sabbath, a virtual experience that provides ministers with a dedicated space to be with themselves, for rest and personal reflection, and to come together to share experiences and offer support.
CREDO Sabbath is a unique experience that brings the foundational concepts of the popular CREDO conferences — rest, reimagine, and reconnect — into a virtual setting. When in-person CREDO conferences were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was important for the Board of Pensions to create this new experience for ministers, many of whom were struggling with the heavy burden of caring for and managing congregations remotely, to focus on rest and personal reflection.
When you attend CREDO Sabbath, we invite you to find your space that will allow you to step away from everyday life and practice self-care. This virtual experience includes live plenaries, worship, connecting in small groups, exploring spiritual practices, and sabbath rest. Attendees also have the option of participating in optional workshops and meeting one-on-one with CREDO facilitators, who are trained in particular subject areas. The Board of Pensions offers financial resources to provide for a participant’s self-selected lodging, food, and self-care resources.
As with in-person CREDO conferences, ministers enrolled in Pastor's Participation or Minister's Choice are eligible for CREDO Sabbath. It is by invitation only, depending on where you are in your arc of ministry. The Board will continue to offer several fully online CREDO Sabbaths in 2022.
CREDO is an in-person, weeklong conference focused on pastors’ wholeness and well-being. Each CREDO conference is led by a team of experienced faculty who guide participants in a visioning and discernment process through four key areas of well-being: spiritual, vocational, physical and emotional health, and financial. Invitations typically go out in late summer to open registration for the following year’s conferences. Seats are limited to 30 participants per conference, and they fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.
While the Board plans for most in-person conferences to return in 2022, participants will be notified if any changes are made due to COVID-19. All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend 2022 CREDO conferences.
Three types of conferences are regularly offered by the Board. Each is designed to support ministers in a different phase of ministry — recently ordained ministers, mid-career pastors, and late-career pastors. CREDO conferences are by invitation only.
CREDO and Call to Health share the objective of cultivating wholeness. Participants are awarded 400 Call to Health points for participating in a CREDO conference.
Minister's Choice plan members are now eligible for CREDO conferences.
If you received an invitation by email, use the link in the email to register right away. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The safe space of CREDO promotes deep and meaningful relationships — and recently inspired one group of pastors to form a special sisterhood.
An African American CREDO conference, hosted by the Board of Pensions in partnership with Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, drew 17 African American ministers to Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, Virginia, to cultivate wholeness — specifically, their spiritual, vocational, health, and financial well-being.