In January 2017, the Cornerstone Conference launched a new Ministerial Continuing Education Program for our ministers. We are excited about this new aspect of conference ministry designed with every minister in mind. As a way of introduction, let us try to answer some questions about the program:
Why A Continuing Education Program?
Continuing Education is a significant part of every modern day profession. Doctors, nurses, accountants, lawyers, law enforcement, teachers, etc. complete a certain amount of continuing education on a regular basis. This is also true of clergy within the Cornerstone Conference. We believe that if a minister is to be effective throughout a lifetime of service there must be a commitment to lifelong learning. We are reminded of the importance of this in Paul’s words to Timothy: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 The Cornerstone Conference desires that each minister participate in continuing education opportunities that will encourage, enrich and inspire personal development and ministry effectiveness.
Who should participate in the Ministerial Continuing Education Program?
Any member of the Conference may participate in the MCEP. The IPHC Manual states “all Licensed Ministers must participate annually in a continuing education program provided or approved by the General Conference or Conference (2 Timothy 2:15). Any minister failing to meet this requirement will forfeit his credentials. This excludes retired clergy.”
How Many Continuing Education Credits Am I Required To Earn?
Every Cornerstone Conference Licensed and Ordained Minister must earn a minimum of 24 Continuing Education Credits each calendar year to encourage, enrich, and inspire personal development & ministry effectiveness! To provide ample time and opportunity for participation, ministers have two years to fulfill the minimum requirement of 48 Continuing Education Credits.
How Do I Earn Continuing Education Credit?
Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) are earned through individual participation in a variety of ministry related instructional and enrichment opportunities.
What Qualifies as a Continuing Education Credit?
To be eligible for MCEP Credit, the resource or class must contain ministry related instruction. The following general guidelines will assist you in determining what qualifies for Continuing Education Credit:
National or Conference sponsored IPHC Training Events. One CEC is earned for each 60-minute interaction between an instructor and the participant.
Books or Ministry Resources by an IPHC author. One CEC is earned for every 100 pages read. All books used in the Biblical Ministries Institute and the IPHC Continuing Education Reading List is approved. A current list of these resources is available HERE.
Classes conducted by the IPHC such as School of ministry (BMI) or an IPHC College.
Classes conducted by Christian Colleges such as Vintage Bible College.
Books by well know and respected Christian authors.
What does not Qualify as Continuing Education Credit?
Sermons or testimonies (live, taped,podcast) are not eligible for MCEP credit.
Local, Conference or National Planning meetings, Council meetings, Missions meals, etc…
Classes or books that are not ministry related.
Christian Fiction books do not qualify.
Who Is Responsible For Planning And Tracking My MCEP Credit?
While all Licensed and Ordained ministers are required to record, track and report their Ministerial Continuing Education annually, the conference will maintain an accurate and up-to-date file of all reported MCEP Credit for each minister.
Each minister must use the online form to report your MCEP Credit. A separate form must be submitted for each training event, book or resource completed.
Each minister is encouraged to do a self-evaluation to determine individual aptitudes and needs. Ministers should set realistic goals (beyond the minimal requirement) seeking the assistance of a colleague, mentor or conference official to help with an individual developmental plan. These goals should address content, competency, character and ministry context issues.
Local churches are encouraged to assist pastors with continuing education opportunities by providing funds for books, conferences and classes. The enriched ministry of their pastor will uplift the congregation.
Who Can Answer A Question I Have About The New MCE Program?
MCEP information will be regularly updated for the benefit of each participant. You may contact our MCEP Director, Joel Boyles [email protected] at (336) 656-7936, Ext. 116 or our Assistant Superintendent, Mike Ainsworth [email protected] at (336) 656-7936, Ext. 128 for more information. We look forward to serving you!