CREDO ColmanPearls for the Journey: Realize Your Importance
By Rev. Kenneth Colman*

When the Rev. Dr. Jane Heckles, Coordinator for the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ CREDO (PBUCC CREDO) program, invited me to participate in the week-long Seminar, I had already begun the introspective work of reviewing both the psychological and spiritual areas of my life.  I was also starting a new ministry, so it was a good time to continue this deep reflective work.

During the Seminar, we were offered time and space to consider thoughtfully and prayerfully our lives as a whole. One day as I was journaling my thoughts, I came to realize how important I was and how I have neglected to care for myself. The personal quiet time and Seminar assignments were necessary in helping me open my spirit and become a better person, husband, and father.

Since PBUCC CREDO, I have returned to a hobby I love, photography. I have taken two classes and I’m taking time to go out and shoot. More importantly, this Seminar helped bring balance back into my life. I realized that I took care of everyone but myself. Because of this experience, I have started to lose weight and I see myself as important to take better care of myself. Overall, the experience has enhanced my life and ministry.


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. Kenneth Colman is the Pastor of Alpine Community Church, United Church of Christ in Alpine, California.