Beginning in January 2017, the Cornerstone Conference is unveiling 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 me 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!
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?
Approved onsite and online conferences, seminars, webcasts, classes and continuing education courses from educational institutions.
One CEC is earned for a 60-minute interaction between an instructor and the participant.
One CEC is earned for every 100 pages read of an approved book. All books used in the Biblical Ministries Institute and the IPHC Continuing Education Reading List is automatically approved. A current list of these resources is available at: www.cornerstonecmc.org/MCEP.
Many IPHC and Cornerstone Conference training events also qualify for CEC’s.
The Conference MCEP Director is responsible to identify approved training events in advance and as they are promoted. Pre-approval of all “other” CE Credit can be obtained by contacting the MCEP Director.
Will I Receive A Continuing Education Certificate?
CEC Certificates will be provided at qualified training events to be submitted for proper credit. These are verified by the MCEP Director and signed by the event coordinator. While all ministers are required to record, track and report their Ministerial Continuing Education annually, the conference will keep an accurate and up-to-date record on each minister.
Who Is Responsible For Planning And Tracking My MCEP Credit?
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. 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 on each minister.
Who Can Answer A Question I Have About The New MCE Program?
Please watch for the Ministerial Continuing Education Program tab on our website. 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!