FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is CREDO’s history?
For more than 20 years, nearly 8,000 Episcopal and Presbyterian leaders have benefited from the CREDO program offered by their respective pension groups. Since 2015, more than 250 UCC pastors have participated in CREDO. Beginning in 2020, we will offer ecumenical seminars in partnership with the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
What happens at a CREDO seminar?
Seminars include a carefully crafted blend of learning activities that seeks to honor each person and recognizes that participants have different needs and learning styles. During the week, there are large group gatherings and opportunities for more intimate discussions with a select small group. Faculty-led workshops and plenaries are enhanced by the chance to engage in one-on-one consultations with the ecumenical faculty. Each seminar is interspersed with times of listening, questioning, and learning, as well as quiet times for reflection, worship, and contemplation. Space is provided for physical activity, relaxed socializing, and opportunities for fun, laughter, and joy. With the help of an experienced faculty, you will build a CREDO Covenant for personal growth throughout the week. Your CREDO Covenant is one you’ll take home with you and carry in your heart, where it will inspire intentional practice and continued growth, guiding you in the years ahead.
How does CREDO define wellness?
CREDO concentrates on four interrelated dimensions of wellness, and helps participants examine and evaluate each area of their lives:
|Spiritual||sacred space to contemplate your interior life and relationship with God in Christ, and to experience God’s deep love for you.|
|Vocational||discern more clearly who God calls you to be and how to live that call with integrity, energy, and hope.|
|Physical and Psychological Health||reflect on your physical and psychological well-being, supports stewardship of your body, and helps you develop a plan to address your health needs.|
|Financial||learn to be a better steward of your personal financial resources and discern how to use them in response to God’s call.|
Who is eligible to attend a CREDO Seminar?
Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ who:
Why is the invitation list limited in this way?
The Pension Boards serves its members through a variety of benefits programs. At this time, it was determined that the focus would be mid-career clergy enrolled in the benefit programs. If additional resources become available, it is expected that the invitation list would also expand.
Who are the faculty at CREDO seminars?
A diverse and accomplished team of faculty leads each CREDO seminar. They are selected based on their gifts as mentors and teachers in one of the wellness components. They lead as a team, sharing plenary and workshop presentations and are available for individual consultations. Faculty come from across the country and are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Episcopal Church.
What are my responsibilities?
In return for PBUCC’s investment, participants will be expected to participate in the full seven days of the seminar; 10-20 hours of pre-seminar self- assessment; a post-seminar evaluation; and the self-guided follow-up program. Arriving late or departing early are not options.
What is the cost?
In appreciation and as an incentive to participate, travel, lodging, meals, and seminar costs are underwritten by the Pension Boards. Participants are only be assessed a $500 fee. Participants may wish to bring a small amount of spending money for gifts, souvenirs, or optional gratuities for conference center staff.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Scholarships are available, so don’t let the cost prohibit your participation. If you are selected, you may apply for a scholarship.
What is the refund policy?
Fees are refunded in full if cancellation occurs at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the seminar. If cancellation occurs after the 30-day deadline, there is no refund.
When and where are the 2020 seminars?
2020 seminars will be held at the Ferncliff Conference Center outside Little Rock, Arkansas. There will be two sessions: May 12-18 and November 10-16.
Is enrollment limited and is there an application deadline?
Yes. Space is limited to 14 UCC and 14 Presbyterian pastors per seminar, with a deadline of December 13, 2019.
Does an application guarantee participation?
No. Applications are accepted with preference going to those who apply earliest or who were waitlisted the year before. By the end of 2019, applicants will receive notice about their status – either accepted or waitlisted.
Can my spouse or partner attend with me?
No, but we do provide seminar materials to facilitate involvement with your spouse or partner before, during, and after the seminar. If your spouse or partner is also a Pension Boards’ plan participant and they receive an invitation, we ask that you attend separate seminars to maximize the benefit of the CREDO experience.
What do past participants have to say about the experience?
Pearls for the Journey is a series of articles in which CREDO participants share a key truth, an insightful moment, or offer a pearl of wisdom gleaned from their week-long experience. We hope these stories inspire you and provide key takeaways – or perhaps an “aha!” moment – that speaks to you personally.
Where should I go to get more information?