June 21, 2018
The 2018 Annual Gathering enthusiastically endorsed Rev. Chad Abbott as the settled Conference Minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC on June 1, 2018 — bursting into a chorus of the doxology as the affirmative vote was announced.
“It is my honor and joy to be your settled conference minister,” said Abbott after the chorus. “I have seen the fingerprints of God in this spiritual journey.”
The board hired Abbott to a three-year designated position with the option of it becoming a call, which he began in May 2017. After completing a period of discernment and a review of his work, the personnel committee recommended that the board call Abbott to the settled position.
“Friends the time is now,” Abbott said. “There is no better time to be the church than now. … There is no better time to think outside the box with our churches, our conference structures than right now. … God has provided abundance for such a day as this.”Watch Abbott’s Acceptance Speech
“With extreme gratitude, I welcome you to the Indiana-Kentucky Conference,” said Board Chair Joyce Smidley.
All are invited to attend Abbott’s Installation as Conference Minister at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Sweeney Chapel on the campus of Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN.
Abbott has served congregations in both the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions; he is a pastor at heart. He is the author of a couple of books, his latest of which is Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy. He is passionate about local churches, pastors, and spirituality. He is a trained labyrinth facilitator, spiritual director, and storyteller. Chad and his wife, Shannon, live in Indianapolis with their two kids, Isabel and Solomon, and dog, Zoe. Not only a pastor, husband, and father, Chad is a runner, musician, first degree black belt in karate, converse shoe collector, lover of laughter and nature, and all around spiritual pilgrim.