Continuing Education 

Update to Handbook

Paragraph 351.1 in the 2012 Book of Discipline states, “Throughout their careers, clergy shall engage in continuing education for ministry, professional development, and spiritual formation and growth in order to lead the church in fulfilling the mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ.  This shall include carefully developed personal programs of study augmented periodically by involvement in organized educational and spiritual growth activities.”  

 

Individuals under the mandate to receive continuing education are: all active Full Conference Members, all Provisional Members who have completed their educational requirements for entry, all active Associate Members, all Full Time Local Pastors and Part-Time Local Pastors who have completed the Course of Study requirements.  The minimum requirement is 2.5 continuing education units annually.

 

The Board of Ordained Ministry has updated the Continuing Education handbook for 2008-2012.  The handbook contains helpful information for clergy members as they plan and participate in continuing education. Each clergy is responsible for his/her own continuing education progress.  This handbook acts only to establish guidelines and standards to assist in that process.

 

Included in the handbook are the following forms: book report form, small group form, audio-video-internet form and learning event form. To apply for continuing education units, please complete the appropriate form and submit it to Rev. Josh Bizzell. The handbook and the forms are located below. 

 

Individual Study

Individuals may apply for continuing education units by engaging in individual study, peer group study and various learning events.  Individual study may include books, audio and video resources, on-line learning, etc.  The maximum amount of credit awarded for individual study is one (1) CEU.  The request for ceu’s must be made using the appropriate form, i.e. book report form, audio/video/internet form, etc.

 

Peer Group Study

Clergy wishing to form small group/peer group study may receive accreditation for the group.  The maximum amount of credit awarded for small group study is one (1) CEU.  To request CEUs for small/peer group study, persons must submit the small group form.

 

For questions or more information, please contact Rev. Josh Bizzell, Continuing Education Chair, at joshbizzell@gmail.com

 

Handbook

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the South Georgia Annual Conference has included in this handbook helpful information for clergy members of the Annual Conference as they plan and participate in continuing education.

CEU Standards & Guidelines (Click to download)

 

Forms

CEU Book Report Form (Click to download)

CEU Learning Events Accrediting Form (Click to download)

CEU Small Group Report Form (Click to download)

CEU Audio-Video-Internet Report Form (Click to download)

 

New Resources

For the past year, our team at Market Square Books has been developing an online training program for United Methodist clergy. Classes will be taught by recognized leaders within the denomination.

 

The following classes are available beginning October 1:

Oct 1 at 1:00pm Eastern/Noon Central: Phil Maynard: Getting Your Congregation Back Into the Game of Effective Ministry

 

Oct 2 at 11:00am Eastern/10:00am Central: Glenna Manning and Wil Cantrell: Preaching and Teaching the Christmas Story

 

Oct 3 at 11:00am Eastern/10:00am Central: Phil Schroeder & Kay Kotan: Launching Leaders: Developing Leaders in the Local Church

 

Oct 8 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Kevin Slimp: Developing Effective Communication to Grow Your Church

 

Oct 21 at 11:00am Eastern/10:00am Central: Wil Cantrell: Answering Your Call as an Associate Pastor

 

Oct 22 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central: Wil Cantrell: Answering Your Call as an Associate Pastor

 

Nov 5 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central: Quincy Brown: Engaging Your Community: Answering the Questions Your Community is Asking

 

Nov 7 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Glenna Manning and Wil Cantrell: Preaching and Teaching the Christmas Story

 

Nov 11 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Bishop Kenneth Carder: Being an Effective Pastor in the 21st Century

 

Nov 12 at 1:00pm Eastern/Noon Central: Bishop Kenneth Carder: Being an Effective Pastor in the 21st Century

 

Nov 12 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central: Phil Schroeder & Kay Kotan: Launching Leaders: Developing Leaders in the Local Church

 

Online classes are live, and attendees will participate in question/answer session during the final portion of each class, allowing them to ask questions of the instructors.

 

The fee for each one-hour classes is $25. UM clergy will receive a 20 percent discount in October and November when using the following discount code: clergy20

 

Upon registration and class attendance, participants will receive a certificate designating their attendance, with applicable information, which can be turned in to district or conference officials.

 

The ClergyEducation.com website is live and registrations are now being accepted. 

 

Contact

For questions or more information, please contact Rev. Josh Bizzell, Continuing Education Chair, at joshbizzell@gmail.com

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