Letter to Mid-America clergy about policy changes 8/23/16.
Continuing Education Policy (CoM 9)
Continuing Education report form - downloadable
Continuing Education report form - complete online
What qualifies as continuing education?
Clergy Information form (if retired-inactive)
Mid-America Disciples expect their clergy to be as well informed and continuously educated as their physicians, attorneys and other professionals. Clergy with standing commit to a minimum of 15 contact hours of continuing education in any of the 16 areas of ministry and may include up to 6 hours of reading. They complete and send in a report of their continuing education in January. Some (though not all) activities that count for continuing education:
- Spiritual discipline retreats
- Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism training
- Completed seminars, workshops, or graduate coursework (on site or on-line) offered by institutions of higher education. (Those interested in transferable hours for graduate level programs may prefer to consider those institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS) and/or included in the database of the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs)
- Completed coursework through Pastoral Ministry Training Program at Philips Theological Seminary.
- Completed units of accredited Clinical Pastoral Education
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) sponsored general, regional, area and cluster educational events
- Recognized Boundary Training
- Seminars and workshops offered by professional associations (e.g. American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Association of Professional Chaplains, etc.)
What is done with this information?
- Confirm that you have met the minimum required (15) continuing education hours to retain Standing
- Provide valuable information for continuing education event planners and your clergy colleagues throughout the Region