Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Chair, Endorser

Rev. James E. Smith, Jr.


Announcing the 2021-2022

Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CCPE) program


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.



2021-2022 Program Dates

We will be offering two separate groups during the upcoming year.


FALL 2021

Deadline for Applications         July 1, 2021

Orientation (Virtual)        Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 19, 20, 21, 2021

Monthly meetings via Zoom – TWO TIMES PER MONTH IN SEPT, OCT, NOV, DEC 2021

Final Evaluations (Face-to-Face, Pastor’s Conference, Atlanta)…….Mon-Tues, January 10-11, 2022

Graduation, Atlanta, GA… Wed, January 12, 2022



Deadline for Applications          November 1, 2021

Orientation (In person, Pastor’s Conf, Atlanta)...... Wed, Thurs, Fri, January 12, 13, 14, 2022

Monthly meetings via Zoom – TWO TIMES PER MONTH IN FEB, MARCH, APRIL, MAY 2022 Final Evaluations (Format and location TBD)    Th, Fr, Sat, June 16, 17, 18, 2022

Graduation, Cincinnati, OH (Gen Conf site)… Friday, June 24, 2022



The student is responsible for all of his/her travel, lodging and food costs at the in-person 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 required hours in ministry each month of the program. The recommendation of a presiding bishop or supervising pastor is required as well. In addition to the ministry hours, attendance at all sessions is required.


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.


TUITION is $500, which includes $50 non-refundable application fee, a $100 deposit once accepted into the program and a balance of $350 payable before the program begins. The tuition includes the required books. There is currently no scholarship program, however a payment plan can be arranged.



The electronic application packet is available at> or at>


The application includes several forms as well as essay questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Space is limited in each group, so apply early!


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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


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