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The CME Board of Chaplains, under the leadership of Bishop Teresa Snorton (CME Endorsing Agent), will host its regular breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2016 at 6:30 am and its quadrennial retreat on Friday-Saturday morning, January 19- 20, 2018 for all endorsed chaplains, chaplains/ministers in specialized settings and any other interested persons. These events are in conjunction with the Phillips School of Theology Pastors' Conference and Founder's Day Celebration and will be held at The Westin-Atlanta Airport, 4736 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30337. The Retreat begins on Friday at 4 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Retreat registration is $75 for dues paying members and $100 for all others, includes resource materials and meals. Deadline for registration is December 31, 2017.

This is separate from the registration for the Pastor’s Conference. You may secure your room at a special rate by registering for the PST Pastor’s Conference at or call The Westin Atlanta Airport at: (404) 762 – 7676. (A one night’s deposit is required for hotel registration) Hotel reservation deadline is December 15th!
The facilitators for the Retreat will be Bishop Teresa E. Jefferson-Snorton, Reverend Lawrence Jefferson-Snorton, and Dr. Urias Beverly. Bishop Jefferson-Snorton is the 59th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Ecclesiastical Endorsing Agent for the CME Church, and the Presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District which includes the states of Alabama and Florida.   She is a certified Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE Supervisor) and a board-certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Reverend Lawrence Jefferson-Snorton, Administrative Dean of the Academy for Pastoral Theology, a biblical and theological program for ministers and laypersons in the Fifth Episcopal District. He has four decades of ministry experiences within the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. A graduate of The Interdenominational Theological Center, and currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Payne Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Dr. Urias Beverly, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Muslim Chaplaincy Programs, and an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He is the Past President of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He is the author of the Places You Go: Caring for Your Congregation Monday Through Saturday.

The dress for the Chaplains Retreat is business casual. Email questions to Chaplain Johnny Poole, President of the CME Chaplains at

The Committee on Resolutions is appointed by the College of Bishops in accordance with ¶206 of THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, REVISED 2014. The following are pertinent paragraphs from THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, REVISED 2014, PAGES 32-33:

¶206. There shall be a Committee on Resolutions appointed by the College of Bishops. Each Bishop shall appoint one member to the Resolutions Committee by September 1 of the year preceding the General Conference. The Presiding Bishop of the District shall publish the name of the committee member throughout the District.

¶206.1. All resolutions, memorials, and other materials contemplated for presentation to the General Conference shall be sent to the appropriate Episcopal District Resolutions Committee member on or before January 31 of the year of the General Conference.

¶206.2. Resolutions mailed, sent or given to the Episcopal District representative shall be examined by him or her to ascertain if they meet the requirements for proposed legislation (cf. ¶1500.7, §4). All resolutions requiring changes in the wording and/or legal meanings of provisions in the Discipline shall state the paragraph, section, page and language to be changed and the language to be substituted. In addition to the requirements referenced, resolutions shall not contain more than three preamble paragraphs. If the resolutions do not meet the requirements, they shall be returned for corrections.


In addition to these paragraphs from The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the College of Bishops has agreed upon the following regulations for the sake of uniformity:


Resolutions should be submitted in writing.

Hard copies given to, mailed or emailed to the Episcopal District Representative should be typed in 12-point font, only on one side of the paper. Multiple pages should be stapled together.
Resolutions submitted via email should be sent as an attachment in Word document format.
The submitter of the resolution must type his/her name, address, telephone, email and local church information on each page of the resolution.
Resolutions submitted on behalf of groups and organizations should clearly state this information and include one name as the point of contact.

All resolutions requiring changes in the wording and/or legal meanings of the provisions in the Discipline shall state the paragraph, section, page and language to be changed and the language to be substituted.
Resolutions shall not contain more than three preamble paragraphs.
Resolutions not meeting the above requirements will be returned for corrections. Corrected resolutions must be returned in time to meet the January 31, 2018 deadline.

 Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Secretary of The College of Bishops

September 1, 2017





Apply Now for Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program for 2017-2018

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 August 21-24, 2017 at the CME Unity Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA.  The second intensive week will be January 8-10, 2018 in Atlanta at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 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 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 National Institute for Human Development, Inc. (NIHD), a faith-based organization that works in collaboration with the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church.  The faculty is comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.

Applications are due June 30, 2017. 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 application packet is available

For more information, send an email

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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 NIHD, Inc. to:
Connectional CPE Program
Academy for Public Theology/NIHD, Inc.
P. O Box 11
Fairfield, AL 35064