The CME Church

Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CCPE)

Announcing the 2022-2023
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.

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:

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! For more information, send an email to:

The student is responsible for all of his/her travel, lodging and food costs at the in-person educational sessions.

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
Email to:

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

2022-2023 Program Dates
We will be offering two separate groups during the upcoming year.

FALL 2022
– Deadline for Applications:  July 31, 2022
– Orientation (Virtual): Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 25, 26, 27, 2022
– Monthly meetings via Zoom – Twice a month on Friday evening:
    SEPTEMBER 9 and 23
    OCTOBER 7 and 21
    NOVEMBER 4 and 18
    DECEMBER 2 and 16, 2022

Final Evaluations & Graduation (Pastor’s Conference, Atlanta)
Mon-Tues, January 9-10, 2023

– Deadline for Applications: November 1, 2022
– Orientation (VIRTUAL):  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, January 19, 20, 21, 2023
– Monthly meetings via Zoom – Twice a month on Friday evening:
    FEBRUARY 3 and 17
    MARCH 3 and17
    APRIL 14 and 28
    MAY 5 and 19, 2023

Final Evaluations & Graduation, Jacksonville, FL at the site of the Missionary Quadrennial in June

CCPE Documentation

  • CCPE Application (PDF)
  • CCPE Sample Reference Letter
  • Chaplaincy Endorsement Process
  • Pan Methodist Online Application Process