CREDO AbelPearls for the Journey: Use Lego Blocks
By Rev. Brady E. Abel*

At a recent clergy gathering, some clergy colleagues and I tried to schedule a date for a luncheon and it was nearly impossible because of all the activities we are committed to as pastors. Clergy are too busy! It is vital for clergy to have a Sabbath and to understand that the church/congregation doesn't always have to come first. Sometimes it does, but not always.

I read about the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ CREDO (PBUCC CREDO) Seminar online and after inquiring about it, received an application to apply. I was accepted.  

In an exercise using Lego Blocks during the PBUCC CREDO Seminar, I could identify the areas of imbalance in my life – especially, how out of balance my vocational life was compared to three other areas. The saying "all work and no play" took on a new, real-life meaning for me. I never played much with Lego Blocks growing up, but I give thanks for the few minutes spent with them at PBUCC CREDO. It was eye-opening!

PBUCC CREDO provides an excellent, relaxing, and engaging opportunity to reflect on who we are as people and as pastors. I highly recommend it to clergy. It’s a building block you don’t want to miss.  PBUCC CREDO has been one of the highlights of my 14 years in ministry. Go for it!


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

*The Rev. Brady E. Abel is the Senior Pastor of United Church of Sun City, Arizona.