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Announcing a Congregation-Based

Clinical Pastoral Education program!

The Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education Program has been created to assist probationary ministers in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) to meet the requirement of one unit of CPE for full connection clergy membership as well as to provide other ministers and laypersons who want to enhance their professional pastoral skills and personal development. 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 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 an 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 will be comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.

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 2017-2018 PROGRAM DATES

June 30, 2017   Deadline for application and application fee ($50)

July 31, 2017   Deadline for Acceptance fee ($100)

August 21-24, 2017  (Monday-Thurday) Intensive Week at Unity Summit, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA (Registration and hotel information at

September - December 2017  Conference Call Meetings as scheduled

January 8-10, 2018  Intensive Session at Pastor's Conference, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Atlanta, GA

February - May 2018 Conference Call Meetings as scheduled

June 2018  Final Evaluation Meeting as scheduled 


Applications are due June 30th. Current tuition is $500 (subject to change), which includes $50 application fee, $100 deposit once accepted into the program and a balance of $350 payable before the program begins. There is currently no scholarship program.

Mail completed application and fees to:

NIHD, Inc.

Attn: Connectional CPE

PO Box 11

Fairfield, AL 35064