Christian Education Week starts the Sunday after Labor Day — a day when many Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches commission their Sunday school teachers for all age groups, including adults. This tradition illustrates the value Presbyterians place on lifelong learning.
The Board of Pensions encourages and supports lifelong learning through Board University and Presbyterian CREDO. Our educational offerings promote spiritual, health, financial, and vocational well-being, and provide learning opportunities for everyone, including pastors and employees, congregations and employers, and mid councils.
The Board introduced a third CREDO conference this year to support those who are nearing the end of active ministry. Ministers ages 56 through 70 who have served in congregational ministry for at least 10 years and are currently serving a congregation are eligible. With the addition of this conference, CREDO now serves ministers across the arc of active ministry — from recently ordained to mid-career to late- career pastors.
For those still in seminary, we added First Call, First Steps to Board University this year. This seminar gives inquirers and candidates for ordination in the PC(USA) tools to navigate the call process. As demonstrated in Living by the Gospel, a guide to structuring calls authorized by the 223rd General Assembly (2018), benefits are important in sustaining ministerial leadership. Every mid council, congregation, and minister is encouraged to review the data shared in Living by the Gospel.
For all retired members of the Benefits Plan and their surviving spouses, the Board also launched the Third Act Seminar & Luncheon. The seminar focuses on vocation in retirement: God is calling us into new experiences, new ways of understanding ministry, and new and changing relationships. How should we respond?
This was the fourth year for Well-Being Retreat, offered in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation and its subsidiary, New Covenant Trust Company. All plan members are invited to attend, retired or not, as well as spouses and surviving spouses. The retreat is an opportunity for renewal and fellowship.
No matter where you are in the arc of ministry, make a commitment to learning your whole life long. Visit Board University to see our many e-learning opportunities, tax resources, and other educational offerings.