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. Invitations will be sent on an extremely limited basis, as most seats will be filled by those postponed from spring 2020 COVID-19 cancellations. Invitees to Fall 2021 CREDO Sabbaths have been notified.
Out of concern for the health and safety of our participants and presenters, all 2021 CREDOs are fully online. Invitations for CREDO 2022 conferences will be sent later this year.
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.
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.