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Continuing Education 

Update to Handbook

Paragraph 350.1 in the 2016 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.

 

Each clergy is responsible for his/her own continuing education progress. This webpage acts only to establish guidelines and standards to assist in that process. Below 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. 

 

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

 

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

Below are classes offered through clergyeducation.com, an online training program for United Methodist clergy. Classes will be taught by recognized leaders within the denomination.

 

The following classes are available now:

 

May 26, 2020 at 2:00pm-3:00pm: Ann Bosarge: Get Out of That Box!

 

June 9, 2020 at 1:00pm-2:00pm: Ken Willard: Time Management for the Christian Leader

 

June 16, 2020 at 2:00pm-3:00pm: Kevin Slimp: Developing Effective Communication to Grow Your Congregation

 

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 class is $25. 

 

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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