CREDO began in the mid 1990s when The Church Pension Fund’s (CPF) Wellness Initiatives Advisory Committee—a group charged with exploring wellness options for plan participants—recommended a program to give clergy a chance to pause their busy, demanding lives and focus on health and well-being through a discernment and wellness conference.
Over the two decades since its inception, more than 400 CREDO conferences have served more than 7,800 Episcopal priests, bishops, and lay employees. Province IX and International CREDO conferences have been held for clergy who are native Spanish speakers.
In 2005, the Presbyterian Church, USA, launched a partnership with Episcopal CREDO and has held more than 80 conferences for Presbyterian pastors. CREDO conferences for ministers in the United Church of Christ began in 2015.
CREDO Books and Publications
The CREDO library includes a variety of books, booklets, and reports – oftentimes published in partnership with other Episcopal organizations – that identify and examine factors impacting clergy wellness and offer practices that foster well-being. CREDO's approach to the research and evaluation process has been grounded in assessment and evaluation literature, integrated with sound research methodological approaches, and consistent in data collection, analysis, and presentation.
Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice
Written by The Rev. Canon Renée Miller, this collection of thoughtful reflections, accented with stirring color photographs, is aimed at evoking mindfulness and spiritual practice in the common activities of life, from music and movie going to reading, writing, and walking.
Check Out: Strength for the Journey
All Shall Be Well
In two dozen personal reflections, CREDO conference faculty members and researchers explore the hallmark personal CREDO IDPT change model – Identity, Discernment, Practice, and Transformation.
Check Out: All Shall Be Well
Around One Table Reports
This report incorporates results of surveys and interviews among Episcopalians and highlights the commonalities uniting all Episcopalians. The Around One Table report was released by the Episcopal Church through its website in 2009.
Download: Around One Table Reports
Clergy Wellness Report
The Clergy Wellness Report seeks to provide a long-term, systemic, and strategic perspective to strengthen clergy – and ultimately the Church – through a focus on wellness.
Download: Clergy Wellness Report
For more information or questions about CREDO, contact the Education and Wellness Office at 888-274-2828, or email firstname.lastname@example.org