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Connectional Clinical Pastoral
Education (CCPE) Program

Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CCPE) Program

Announcing the 2023-2024

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.

2023-2024 Program Dates

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

FALL 2023

Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2023
Orientation (In Person)

Monday-Friday, August 21-25 at the CME Unity Summit
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Monthly meetings via Zoom:
Twice Monthly on Friday Evenings.
Exact dates TBD at Orientation

Final Evaluations & Graduation:
(Pastors Conference, Atlanta): Mon-Tues, January 8-9, 2023


Deadline for Applications: November 1, 2023
Orientation (In Person)

Wednesday – Friday, January 10-12, 2024
at the PST Pastors Conference, Atlanta, GA

Monthly meetings via Zoom:
Twice Monthly on Friday Evenings.
Exact dates TBD at Orientation

Final Evaluations & Graduation:
(Connectional Youth/Young Adult Conference):

Additional Program Information:

  • 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 through the Office of the CME Endorser. The faculty is comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.
  • TUITION is $550, which includes $50 non-refundable application fee, a $150 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.

How To Apply: Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education

  • The electronic application packet is available at:  Eletronic Application Packet
  • 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!
  • Send applications and fees payable to:
    Academy for Public Theology
    Connectional CPE Program
    P. O. Box 5069
    Sun City Center, FL 33571


    Email to: [email protected]
    and pay fees at

For more information, send an email to: [email protected]

Released by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
CME Endorsing Agent for Chaplaincy and CPE Program Coordinator

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