Applications are being accepted for the Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education Program, an educational experience for ministers and laypersons of all denominations to enhance their professional pastoral skills and personal development but are unable to be in a traditional CPE program due to time or other restrictions. It also enables probationary ministers in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) to meet the requirement of one unit of CPE for full connection clergy membership. This unique program brings ministers from across the country together and in small groups for interactive, reflective learning using their own community and place of ministry as the context.
The program will begin with the first intensive session at the CME Unity Summit in Dallas, Texas, August 31-September 2, 2020 (Monday-Wednesday). The second intensive week will be January 11- 13, 2021 in Atlanta at the site of the Phillips School of Theology Pastors’ Conference. A third face-to-face meeting of the group for final evaluations is determined by the group. The student is responsible for all of his/her travel, lodging and food costs at each of these educational sessions.
The focus of this CPE program is on ministry in the congregation. Participants must have an approved place of ministry in order to complete the requirement of 35 hours of ministry per month for the nine months of the program. The recommendation of a presiding bishop or supervising pastor is required as well. In addition to the ministry hours, attendance at two intensive weeks at your own expense is required and an additional four hours per month of classroom time is required. These sessions will be arranged to be held in a central location or via the internet and/or conference call.
Participants must pay a $50 application fee and the required tuition for the course as well as be present at ALL sessions during the months they are enrolled in CPE. There will be written assignments, readings and some internet based assignments. The program operates under the auspices of the Academy for Public Theology of the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church. The faculty is comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.
Applications are due June 1, 2020. Current tuition is $500, which includes $50 application fee, a $100 deposit once accepted into the program and a balance of $350 payable before the program begins. There is currently no scholarship program.
The electronic application packet is available at:
For more information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Released by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
CME Endorsing Agent for Chaplaincy and CPE Program Coordinator
Send applications and fees payable to “Academy for Public Theology” to:
Connectional CPE Program
Academy for Public Theology
P. O Box 13383
Birmingham, AL 35202