Pearls for the Journey: Articulating the “Why”
By Rev. Wendy Vander Hart*
Rarely do we as clergy have the time to go deep in reflection and community with purpose. My participation in the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ CREDO (PBUCC CREDO) program was well worth the investment of my time, as it provided a grounding framework for abundant life and impactful ministry.
I see positive trends in clergy wellness where I serve. Utilizing Communities of Practice (monthly covenantal groups that focus on best practices and peer relationships), clergy are less isolated than when I first began in ministry. But there is still room for improvement. The category of wellness not only gives clergy a lens for their own lives, but can equip them to put new practices in place for the people they serve.
In my ministry as an Associate Conference Minister, I had come to clarity about my role as a provoker of mission and purpose with the congregations I serve. Our most vital churches are the ones who can articulate their reason for being. In working with the vocational goals during the PBUCC CREDO week-long Seminar, I realized that if I could articulate my own "why," it would be a powerful place from which to provoke the "why" of our congregations. To be able to state my "why" in a pithy, yet deep, manner could graphically illustrate how powerful moving towards the same vision is for a faith community.
About PBUCC CREDO
PBUCC CREDO is a holistic wellness benefit that offers clergy space and resources to examine significant areas of their lives and discern prayerfully the future direction of their vocation as they respond to God’s call in a lifelong process of practice and transformation.
The CREDO experience is anchored in a week-long Seminar and includes a pre-Seminar assessment and post-Seminar resources so that participants can deepen their commitment to lifelong wellness. Learn more about this program here http://bit.ly/PB_CREDO.
*The Rev. Wendy Vander Hart is Associate Conference Minister for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ.