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History

For nearly two decades, eligible Episcopal clergy have attended CREDO wellness conferences focusing on their spiritual, financial, vocational, physical, and psychological health and wellness. CREDO was conceived 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 number of Clergy Pension Plan initiatives to enhance benefit options for clergy and their spouses.

The Committee also recommended a program to give clergy a chance to pause their busy, demanding lives in order to evaluate their spiritual well-being, their gifts and skills, and their vocational call through an eight-day discernment conference. Since then, CREDO has held more than 320 conferences. In addition to the foundational CREDO Eight-Day Conference, CREDO conference types have included CREDO II Eight-Day Conferences, CREDO I and CREDO II Six-Day Conferences, CREDO for Bi-vocational/Part-time Clergy, CREDO for Recently Ordained Clergy (ROC) conferences, CREDO for Bishops, and CREDO for Retired Clergy. To meet the needs of Spanish-speaking clergy, CREDO began offering CREDO en Español. Since its inception, more than 7,800 priests and bishops have attended CREDO.

In 2005, Presbyterian CREDO launched a partnership with Episcopal CREDO and has held more than three dozen conferences for Presbyterian clergy. CREDO conferences for ministers in the United Church of Christ began in 2015.

With the support of CPF, CREDO also has administered health and wellness support in times of crisis. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CREDO responded with "Weathering the Storms," which assisted bishops, clergy and church staff along the devastated Gulf Coast. A second resiliency conference, "Lighting the Path,” focused on clergy and clergy families. Between 2009 and 2012, CREDO supported the four reorganizing dioceses of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, San Joaquin, and Quincy in a three-year program called "Strength for the Journey" after their Episcopal leadership departed. And immediately after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, CREDO held a series of clergy and lay leader conferences on the Caribbean island.

CREDO also performed the administration for College for Bishops —which provides education and formation opportunities to Episcopal bishops— and Fresh Start, a diocesan-led program that fostered healthy relationships among clergy and congregations in times of transition. A program related to CREDO offers wellness conferences for clergy, clergy spouses, and lay plan participants in all of Province IX.