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1 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Research by Jenny Phillips January, 2007 The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

2 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Survey reached out to: Persons responsible for continuing education in annual conferences Persons responsible for continuing education in annual conferences Directors of continuing education at seminaries Directors of continuing education at seminaries Directors of conference centers offering continuing education programs Directors of conference centers offering continuing education programs Directors of camp and retreat centers Directors of camp and retreat centers Other affiliates of the GBHEM Other affiliates of the GBHEM

3 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Survey sent to approximately 100 continuing education contacts, plus camp and retreat centers across the country during the summer of 2006.

4 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Responses from: 52 persons in annual conference, central conference, academic and conference center settings 52 persons in annual conference, central conference, academic and conference center settings Includes one response from Estonia Central Conference and one from Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe Includes one response from Estonia Central Conference and one from Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe Includes responses from annual conferences around the United States, from California to Kansas to New York. Includes responses from annual conferences around the United States, from California to Kansas to New York. 11 persons in camp and retreat settings 11 persons in camp and retreat settings

5 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Common Themes: Affirmation of continuing education as a tool for enriching and growing ministry, but a vagueness as to how that transformation occurs Affirmation of continuing education as a tool for enriching and growing ministry, but a vagueness as to how that transformation occurs Concern with limited funding Concern with limited funding Concern with increased competition among seminaries and other continuing education institutions Concern with increased competition among seminaries and other continuing education institutions

6 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Variations: Mixed perceptions about the value of single-time events Mixed perceptions about the value of single-time events Multiple perspectives and many questions on how to better quantify continuing education goals, activities and outcomes Multiple perspectives and many questions on how to better quantify continuing education goals, activities and outcomes Camp/Retreat respondents generally perceived continuing education as faith formation events and/or retreats sponsored by the annual conferences and districts. They had limited information regarding continuing education standards and requirements. Camp/Retreat respondents generally perceived continuing education as faith formation events and/or retreats sponsored by the annual conferences and districts. They had limited information regarding continuing education standards and requirements.

7 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church FINANCES Sources of Financial Support Within Annual Conferences: Three-quarters depend on Ministerial Education Fund Three-quarters depend on Ministerial Education Fund 40% of Annual Conferences offer funding 40% of Annual Conferences offer funding Nearly all supplement these sources with additional funding from congregations Nearly all supplement these sources with additional funding from congregations A few find funds from other sources such as endowed funds and foundation grants A few find funds from other sources such as endowed funds and foundation grants

8 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church FINANCES Sources of Financial Support for Academic Institutions and Conference Centers: Nearly all depend on program fees Nearly all depend on program fees 37% receive support from annual conferences and/or local churches 37% receive support from annual conferences and/or local churches More than two-thirds receive support from foundations, grants, donors and endowment funds More than two-thirds receive support from foundations, grants, donors and endowment funds

9 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church FINANCES Concerns Around Funding: Competition for scarce resources Competition for scarce resources Burden of personal funding often falls on clergy from small churches with small salaries Burden of personal funding often falls on clergy from small churches with small salaries Costs of one-time events can be difficult to manage due to inconsistent participation Costs of one-time events can be difficult to manage due to inconsistent participation Longer-term, in-depth programs require greater funding Longer-term, in-depth programs require greater funding

10 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church GOALS Goals of Annual Conferences for Continuing Education Include: Increasing “effectiveness” Increasing “effectiveness” Spiritual formation Spiritual formation Deepen discipleship among laity and clergy Deepen discipleship among laity and clergy Nurturing leaders Nurturing leaders Development of new skills Development of new skills General growth General growth Clarity in preaching and mission Clarity in preaching and mission Vitality Vitality

11 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church GOALS Goals of Academic Institutions and Conference Centers for Continuing Education Include: 90% said that a primary objective is to serve as a resource for clergy and the church 90% said that a primary objective is to serve as a resource for clergy and the church Other goals included: Other goals included: Income generation Income generation Introducing potential donors to the institution Introducing potential donors to the institution Furthering institutional objectives Furthering institutional objectives Enhancing skills of clergy who were not trained in seminary Enhancing skills of clergy who were not trained in seminary Resourcing lay leaders in various ministry settings Resourcing lay leaders in various ministry settings

12 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Requirements for Continuing Education by Annual Conferences The Book of Discipline para requires clergy to engage in continuing education for at least one week per year, one month during one year of every quadrennium, and and leaves and sabbaths as options every six years. Over one third of annual conferences offer additional quantity definitions beyond those listed above. Over one third of annual conferences offer additional quantity definitions beyond those listed above. Additional quantities included: ranges of 2-4 CEUs/year; and the requirement that a certain number of CEUs be earned each quadrennium for study on specific topics, such as poverty, marginalization, and diversity. Additional quantities included: ranges of 2-4 CEUs/year; and the requirement that a certain number of CEUs be earned each quadrennium for study on specific topics, such as poverty, marginalization, and diversity.

13 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability 85% of annual conferences require clergy to report continuing education activity to their charge conferences and district superintendents 85% of annual conferences require clergy to report continuing education activity to their charge conferences and district superintendents 25% require clergy to pursue continuing education in accordance with evaluations and goals set in conversation with pastor/parish relations committees and district superintendents 25% require clergy to pursue continuing education in accordance with evaluations and goals set in conversation with pastor/parish relations committees and district superintendents 50% require clergy to participate in programs that offer CEUs 50% require clergy to participate in programs that offer CEUs 20% require clergy to show proof of participation or study other than CEUs 20% require clergy to show proof of participation or study other than CEUs Three respondents noted inconsistent standards or no accountability Three respondents noted inconsistent standards or no accountability

14 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability 57% of respondents said there were no significant repercussions to failing to engage in continuing education 57% of respondents said there were no significant repercussions to failing to engage in continuing education 43% of respondents said that failure to participate in continuing education would be noted in reports to the district superintendent and/or the board of ordained ministry. In some conferences, this had possible implications for appointments. 43% of respondents said that failure to participate in continuing education would be noted in reports to the district superintendent and/or the board of ordained ministry. In some conferences, this had possible implications for appointments.

15 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability Some annual conferences use tools for assessing and evaluating continuing education planning strategies, including “The 360 Tool” and “The Gallup Strengths Finders Inventory.” Some annual conferences use tools for assessing and evaluating continuing education planning strategies, including “The 360 Tool” and “The Gallup Strengths Finders Inventory.” Other annual conferences expressed a desire to develop tools to evaluate the effectiveness of continuing education and to provide standards that meet the needs of clergy and congregations. Other annual conferences expressed a desire to develop tools to evaluate the effectiveness of continuing education and to provide standards that meet the needs of clergy and congregations. Some annual conferences are developing new tools for measuring clergy effectiveness. Those tools include evaluating continuing education activity. Some annual conferences are developing new tools for measuring clergy effectiveness. Those tools include evaluating continuing education activity.

16 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability Example: the Kentucky Annual Conference uses four basic core competencies, subdivided by measurable aspects of each competency, so that clergy can determine clear goals for continuing education. The core competencies are: Centering in Christ Centering in Christ Preaching/Teaching Preaching/Teaching Equipping Equipping Leading Leading Each core competency has measurable aspects of clergy development - there are 17 aspects in all.

17 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability Example: the Holston Conference requires clergy to report continuing education activity to charge conferences and district superintendents through its continuing education agency, The Wesley Leadership Institute. Clergy must earn three CEUs per year. Clergy must earn three CEUs per year. All events offering CEUs must be approved by the Wesley Leadership Institute in order to qualify. All events offering CEUs must be approved by the Wesley Leadership Institute in order to qualify. Clergy may earn up to one CEU per year through personal study and one CEU per year through online learning. Clergy may earn up to one CEU per year through personal study and one CEU per year through online learning. Clergy are encouraged to earn at least one CEU per year in a peer- learning context. Clergy are encouraged to earn at least one CEU per year in a peer- learning context. Clergy must annually complete an extensive online reporting form Clergy must annually complete an extensive online reporting form

18 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church STANDARDS Annual Conference Standards of Quality and Accountability Such models reveal efforts to better quantify clergy needs for continuing education, and assess how clergy are responding to their own individual growth areas. These types of models were generally “in development.” Annual conference leaders say that there is a need for greater accountability in continuing education. However, they are still trying to figure out how to overcome resistance to the imposition of more specific standards for continuing education beyond the Discipline requirements.

19 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Annual Conference Relationships 30% do not partner with other institutions to offer programming 30% do not partner with other institutions to offer programming Nearly 60% partner with seminaries to offer programming Nearly 60% partner with seminaries to offer programming 40% partner with conference/retreat centers to offer programming 40% partner with conference/retreat centers to offer programming 40% partner with other institutions to offer programming. Institutions include: 40% partner with other institutions to offer programming. Institutions include: General boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church, particularly the General Board of Discipleship General boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church, particularly the General Board of Discipleship Annual conference agencies Annual conference agencies The Alban Institute The Alban Institute

20 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Guidance to Annual Conferences Provided by Boards of Ordained Ministry “We have a Clergy Development Program where for pre-selected programs, the BOM will pay the entire cost, excluding travel. The clergy, SPRC, and DS must write and submit learning goals and desired outcomes for approval by a committee prior to receiving funds.” “Continuing Education Guidelines describe requirements, encouraging diverse training and limiting credit online and for reading or videotape learning.” “We have formerly used a plan in terms of a balanced profile. This year we will be using the 360 tool for evaluation by self and key people with whom we work, as well as the DS. Both weaknesses and strengths will be a guide to where our growing edges are for formulating a plan for continuing formation.”

21 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Guidance to Annual Conferences Provided by Boards of Ordained Ministry “BOOM has resources for candidates for ministry -- on Elder track -- called RIM. Some special events are highlighted by BOOM and Orders” “Part of our Lilly Grant for Pastoral Excellence, involves Peer Group Learning. Those covenants must be approved to get funding.” “We have developed a catalog of CE opportunities offered in a diversity of places.” “[The bishop] has a ‘Tending our Lives Together’ retreat for all persons under appointment every two years. The BOM provides a preaching convocation every two years. Thus we offer CEU events every year for our clergy in Louisiana. Various groups within the conference also provide Continuing Education opportunities for clergy and laity.”

22 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Programs at Academic Institutions and Conference Centers for Lay People: Nearly three-quarters offer programs for lay people Nearly three-quarters offer programs for lay people Types of programs include: Types of programs include: Hispanic leadership Hispanic leadership Spirituality Spirituality Outdoor adventure Outdoor adventure Arts Arts Peace and justice Peace and justice Senior programs Senior programs Basic ministry studies Basic ministry studies Music and worship Music and worship Bible Bible Leadership Leadership Theology Theology Pastoral care Pastoral care Preaching Preaching Courses for United Methodist Courses for United Methodist Certification tracks

23 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Lay People Required by Annual Conferences to Participate in Continuing Education 7% Lay Leaders 7% Lay Leaders 33% Christian Educators 33% Christian Educators 20% Music Leaders 20% Music Leaders 3% Worship Leaders 3% Worship Leaders Certified Persons also must do continuing education Certified Persons also must do continuing education

24 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAMS Factors for academic institutions and conference centers in determining course listings (ranked in order): 1. What clergy say they want 2. What institutional leaders think clergy need & cost (tied) 3. What annual conference leaders say clergy need 4. What faculty are willing to teach

25 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church RACIAL/ETHNIC PROGRAM CONSIDERATIONS 68% of annual conferences provide continuing education related to racial/ethnic inclusiveness or multicultural learnings. 68% of annual conferences provide continuing education related to racial/ethnic inclusiveness or multicultural learnings. 55% of annual conferences encourage and support clergy to participate in national continuing education events for racial/ethnic clergy. 55% of annual conferences encourage and support clergy to participate in national continuing education events for racial/ethnic clergy.

26 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church RACIAL/ETHNIC PROGRAM CONSIDERATIONS Marvin Morgan of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA noted that African-American clergy approach continuing education through unique contexts. He said that in his experience, African-American clergy are more likely to attend an established conference such as The Hampton Minister’s Conference, featuring both scholars and faith community leaders, rather than an event at an academic institution that simply features a scholar. Marvin Morgan of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA noted that African-American clergy approach continuing education through unique contexts. He said that in his experience, African-American clergy are more likely to attend an established conference such as The Hampton Minister’s Conference, featuring both scholars and faith community leaders, rather than an event at an academic institution that simply features a scholar.

27 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Annual Conferences Holston Conference: “Leave Well, Start Fresh” seminar that gives pastors and staff parish representatives a time to work through leaving issues and to help entering clergy and congregations start fresh by making plans for communicating and working together. Holston Conference: “Leave Well, Start Fresh” seminar that gives pastors and staff parish representatives a time to work through leaving issues and to help entering clergy and congregations start fresh by making plans for communicating and working together. Louisiana Conference: The Tending our Lives Together retreat every two years provides an opportunity for all persons under appointment to fellowship, hear great presenters (brought in from around the US), worship together, and meet in small groups to discuss various ministry needs and issues that need to be addressed in a caring, and trusting environment. Louisiana Conference: The Tending our Lives Together retreat every two years provides an opportunity for all persons under appointment to fellowship, hear great presenters (brought in from around the US), worship together, and meet in small groups to discuss various ministry needs and issues that need to be addressed in a caring, and trusting environment.

28 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Annual Conferences South Carolina Annual Conference: The 2006 Bishop's School of Ministry collaborated with Cokesbury's Worship Connection to offer a national level continuing education event focused on worship. South Carolina Annual Conference: The 2006 Bishop's School of Ministry collaborated with Cokesbury's Worship Connection to offer a national level continuing education event focused on worship. Rio Grande Conference: Have worked closely with the Mexican American program for continuing education events. Rio Grande Conference: Have worked closely with the Mexican American program for continuing education events. New York Annual Conference: Have worked several times with Alban Institute on programs aimed at helping clergy with specific programs. New York Annual Conference: Have worked several times with Alban Institute on programs aimed at helping clergy with specific programs. Others include: Annual Pastor’s School, Elders’ Orders gathering and Bishop’s Convocation Others include: Annual Pastor’s School, Elders’ Orders gathering and Bishop’s Convocation

29 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Candler School of Theology: “Covenant Colleagues” - a two-year colleague program for clergywomen in their first 10 years of ministry Candler School of Theology: “Covenant Colleagues” - a two-year colleague program for clergywomen in their first 10 years of ministry Interdenominational Theological Center: “Certificate in Theology” - program designed to enhance the level of theological competency among non-seminary-trained clergy and lay people. Videotaped lectures and seminary-trained local instructors are used to train students in satellite locations Interdenominational Theological Center: “Certificate in Theology” - program designed to enhance the level of theological competency among non-seminary-trained clergy and lay people. Videotaped lectures and seminary-trained local instructors are used to train students in satellite locations Christian Theological Seminary: The Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program delivers resources to congregations via the formation of self selecting peer groups that design their own three-year learning plans. The most important aspect of the project has been that the participants decide what to learn and the resources to use in learning it. Christian Theological Seminary: The Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program delivers resources to congregations via the formation of self selecting peer groups that design their own three-year learning plans. The most important aspect of the project has been that the participants decide what to learn and the resources to use in learning it.

30 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Academic Institutions and Conference Centers (cont.) Wayne E. Oates Institute: Online seminars featuring a peer group reflective learning approach Wayne E. Oates Institute: Online seminars featuring a peer group reflective learning approach United Theological Seminary: Integrated annual retreat-seminars for those who preach, including clergy as well as masters and occasional doctoral students. Expanding to worship arts/music constituencies as well as "return" participation. Focus on spiritual formation for leadership/daily worship framework, along with learning sessions in peer colleague groups with both residential and guest faculty presenters. United Theological Seminary: Integrated annual retreat-seminars for those who preach, including clergy as well as masters and occasional doctoral students. Expanding to worship arts/music constituencies as well as "return" participation. Focus on spiritual formation for leadership/daily worship framework, along with learning sessions in peer colleague groups with both residential and guest faculty presenters.

31 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Academic Institutions and Conference Centers (cont.) Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary: The Doctor of Ministry is seen as Continuing Education for clergy in areas of preaching, evangelism and administration. it is in ongoing development in relationship to the area annual conferences to meet leadership needs. The Styberg Preaching Institute is also successful in that it brings excellent, nationally known preachers to conduct workshops for increasing effectiveness in sermon development and delivery. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary: The Doctor of Ministry is seen as Continuing Education for clergy in areas of preaching, evangelism and administration. it is in ongoing development in relationship to the area annual conferences to meet leadership needs. The Styberg Preaching Institute is also successful in that it brings excellent, nationally known preachers to conduct workshops for increasing effectiveness in sermon development and delivery. Moxley and Associates LLC: The Reynolds Program in Church Leadership is a year-long program that combines four workshop sessions, one-on-one work with an executive coach between sessions, work in peer learning communities between sessions, and individual application and study between sessions. Moxley and Associates LLC: The Reynolds Program in Church Leadership is a year-long program that combines four workshop sessions, one-on-one work with an executive coach between sessions, work in peer learning communities between sessions, and individual application and study between sessions.

32 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Academic Institutions and Conference Centers (cont.) 60% of respondents to the question, “What is your most interesting and effective program?” named a program that involved peer group learning over an extended period of time. 60% of respondents to the question, “What is your most interesting and effective program?” named a program that involved peer group learning over an extended period of time. Phone interviews revealed a real sense of mission and purpose for such programs that was less present in conversation around other types of programs. Phone interviews revealed a real sense of mission and purpose for such programs that was less present in conversation around other types of programs.

33 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS Strong consensus among representatives of academic institutions, conference centers and annual conferences that long-term, peer-based learning programs are by far the most effective in helping clergy to learn new skills, work on weaknesses, be accountable, and receive much-needed vocational support.

34 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAM CHALLENGES Lack of consistency in standards means that many types of programs as well as personal pursuits are called continuing education. Lack of consistency in standards means that many types of programs as well as personal pursuits are called continuing education. Clergy in remote area have limited access to continuing education opportunities, and fewer resources to seek them out. Clergy in remote area have limited access to continuing education opportunities, and fewer resources to seek them out. There is a sense of increased competition for continuing education resources. MEF funds are used for multiple purposes, and more organizations are competing for continuing education participants. There is a sense of increased competition for continuing education resources. MEF funds are used for multiple purposes, and more organizations are competing for continuing education participants.

35 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAM CHALLENGES Programs that are perceived as “theoretical” can be less successful than programs that are perceived as “practical.” Many respondents say it is easier to draw participants to programming designed for immediate application. Programs that are perceived as “theoretical” can be less successful than programs that are perceived as “practical.” Many respondents say it is easier to draw participants to programming designed for immediate application. One-time events can be expensive to produce and promote. It can be risky to put on events without a built- in audience. One-time events can be expensive to produce and promote. It can be risky to put on events without a built- in audience.

36 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church PROGRAM TOPICS Popular Topics According to Annual Conference Respondents Congregational Development Congregational Development Worship Worship Pastoral Care Pastoral Care Bible Bible Stewardship Stewardship Contemporary Worship Contemporary Worship Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Evangelism Evangelism Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation Conflict Management Conflict Management Counseling Counseling Travel Seminars Travel Seminars Popular Topics According to Academic/CC Respondents Congregational Development Congregational Development Worship Worship Bible Bible Pastoral Care Pastoral Care Stewardship Stewardship Contemporary Worship Contemporary Worship Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation Community Issues Community Issues Preaching Preaching Church Administration Church Administration Self-Care Self-Care Leadership Leadership Coaching Coaching Theology Theology

37 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church POPULAR BOOKS Popular Books According to Annual Conference Respondents Breaking the 200 Barrier Breaking the 200 Barrier Companions in Christ Series Companions in Christ Series Purpose-Driven Life Purpose-Driven Life Natural Church Development Natural Church Development The Emerging Church The Emerging Church Good to Great Good to Great Race to Reach Out Race to Reach Out God’s Politics God’s Politics

38 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES Issues for Continuing Educators in Academic Institutions Competition for funding with other academic programs Competition for funding with other academic programs Perception that continuing education is an income generator rather than resource, and is therefore expendable in times of budget shortfall Perception that continuing education is an income generator rather than resource, and is therefore expendable in times of budget shortfall Faculty do not frame their work in terms that address the immediate needs of the church Faculty do not frame their work in terms that address the immediate needs of the church

39 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES Issues for Continuing Educators in Academic Institutions A continuing education coordinator may teach, but is not necessarily a member of the faculty - limited status. A continuing education coordinator may teach, but is not necessarily a member of the faculty - limited status. Some administrators and faculty are beginning to see the value of and need for a strong continuing education program. Some administrators and faculty are beginning to see the value of and need for a strong continuing education program. Two respondents said they felt strong engagement with and appreciation for continuing education by other members of the institution. Two respondents said they felt strong engagement with and appreciation for continuing education by other members of the institution. Some United Methodist Seminaries, including Drew, Candler and United, are making continuing education a higher priority. Some United Methodist Seminaries, including Drew, Candler and United, are making continuing education a higher priority.

40 Responses from Patrick Streiff, Bishop of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe (CCCSE), and Thea Kant, Continuing Education Coordinator for the Estonian United Methodist Church (EUMC) CCCSE requires minimum of 2-4 days/year for pastors’ retreats; EUMC requires 2-3 academic credits/year CCCSE requires minimum of 2-4 days/year for pastors’ retreats; EUMC requires 2-3 academic credits/year Goals for CCCSE include: increasing knowledge on praxis issues, theology, social change, and basic theology for lay people Goals for CCCSE include: increasing knowledge on praxis issues, theology, social change, and basic theology for lay people Both conferences offer continuing education through schools and seminaries and through the conference. CCCSE also works in ecumenical cooperation with other churches. Both conferences offer continuing education through schools and seminaries and through the conference. CCCSE also works in ecumenical cooperation with other churches. The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CENTRAL CONFERENCE ISSUES

41 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church UNMET NEEDS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION Unmet Needs According to Academic Institution Coordinators and Conference Center Directors: Additional funding and fundraisers so that program administrators can focus on the program Additional funding and fundraisers so that program administrators can focus on the program A course of study that builds on a curriculum and offers credit other than a D.Min. A course of study that builds on a curriculum and offers credit other than a D.Min. Congregational support for clergy participation in continuing education Congregational support for clergy participation in continuing education Life Coaching Life Coaching

42 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church UNMET NEEDS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION Unmet Needs According to Academic Institution Coordinators and Conference Center Directors (cont.): Tools for accountability Tools for accountability Better programs for key clergy transition points: clergy formation after seminary, clergy moving into a new church, and clergy entering retirement Better programs for key clergy transition points: clergy formation after seminary, clergy moving into a new church, and clergy entering retirement Organization and communication among continuing educators Organization and communication among continuing educators Programs based in Wesleyan theology Programs based in Wesleyan theology

43 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church UNMET NEEDS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION Unmet Needs According to Annual Conferences: Support in helping clergy develop plans rather than simply fulfill requirements Support in helping clergy develop plans rather than simply fulfill requirements Continuing education requirements for Lay Persons Assigned Continuing education requirements for Lay Persons Assigned Conflict-resolution programs Conflict-resolution programs Interpersonal relationship programs Interpersonal relationship programs

44 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church UNMET NEEDS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION Unmet Needs According to Annual Conferences (cont.): Mentoring and support group programs Mentoring and support group programs Long-term training opportunities Long-term training opportunities Middle-leadership development Middle-leadership development Additional funding Additional funding Free programs from United Methodist seminaries Free programs from United Methodist seminaries

45 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFICACY OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Responses to: “Are available continuing education programs in The United Methodist Church effective?” 37% yes 37% yes 40% neutral 40% neutral 9% no 9% no 14% don’t know 14% don’t know

46 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFICACY OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Responses to: “Do continuing education programs in The United Methodist Church respond to the needs of the church?” 26% yes 26% yes 47% neutral 47% neutral 14% no 14% no 14% don’t know 14% don’t know

47 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church EFFICACY OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Responses to: “Do continuing education programs in The United Methodist Church provide resources that help people fruitfully engage with the most challenging issues in the church?” 32% yes 32% yes 37% neutral 37% neutral 24% no 24% no 7% don’t know 7% don’t know

48 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Desire for the GBHEM to Provide More Continuing Education Resources and Guidelines 81% yes 81% yes 19% no 19% no Visited the GBHEM Website 85% yes 85% yes 15% no 15% no

49 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM “The paradigm of continuing education needs to shift from event-based offerings to longer-term covenantal group, peer-based learning in order to provide sustained, intentional growth in ministry opportunities… Connecting conference and local church vision with intentional training is also a great need.”

50 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM “Relevance, listening - these are most important. So often the events that are led by the general church boards and agencies are facilitated by people who are not serving in areas like the Northeast. We are a different culture - and leaders, facilitators from the South or Midwest simply don’t recognize the challenges faced in a largely Roman Catholic or unchurched culture.”

51 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM (cont.) “I think although some of the events offered by the larger denomination have been helpful, (School of Congregational Development has been consistently of value), many are weak compared to events offered by other organizations.”

52 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM (cont.) “We need to push continuing education not only with our clergy but also with our churches. Both parties must ‘buy in’ to the need in order for it to be effective.”

53 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM (cont.) “There is little collaboration and conversation around continuing education for United Methodist clergy and laity. As a result, there is much redundancy, and competition for resources and participants.” “The restricted funding available to make continuing education opportunities accessible and available to clergy and laity does not fund programs that meet the expressed needs of those constituencies.”

54 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE GBHEM Further Insights for the GBHEM (cont.) “As a non-United Methodist, you appear to have better continuing education programs than most other denominations. I admire what you already do and your constant attempts to improve on that.”

55 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Snapshots in Continuing Education: Further program details revealed through phone and in-person interviews conducted between September 2006 and January 2007.

56 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Rev. Don Neal, Executive Director, Office of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry North Alabama Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL Clergy and local pastors are required to meet the Discipline standards for continuing education in the North Alabama Annual Conference, though there are no real repercussions for failing to participate in continuing education. Don says that they know the conference is in need of pastors, so failing to participate will have no real impact on their ability to get an appointment. Clergy and local pastors are required to meet the Discipline standards for continuing education in the North Alabama Annual Conference, though there are no real repercussions for failing to participate in continuing education. Don says that they know the conference is in need of pastors, so failing to participate will have no real impact on their ability to get an appointment. The conference does not provide funding for continuing education. All Ministerial Education Fund monies go to seminarians. However, it does give funds to the Institute for Clergy Excellence, an organization that provides structure for group-directed continuing education. The conference does not provide funding for continuing education. All Ministerial Education Fund monies go to seminarians. However, it does give funds to the Institute for Clergy Excellence, an organization that provides structure for group-directed continuing education. The Institute for Clergy Excellence (ICE), and its predecessor organization, the Methodist Education Leave Society (MELS), invite clergy to work in self-selected groups to develop study proposals and plans, then provides group facilitation and funding to execute their plans. The Institute for Clergy Excellence (ICE), and its predecessor organization, the Methodist Education Leave Society (MELS), invite clergy to work in self-selected groups to develop study proposals and plans, then provides group facilitation and funding to execute their plans.

57 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Rev. Don Neal, Executive Director, Office of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry North Alabama Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL (cont.) The conference is considering a plan which will allow clergy who have been in an appointment for six or more years to take a four-week renewal leave. This could provide an opportunity for in-depth continuing education. The conference is considering a plan which will allow clergy who have been in an appointment for six or more years to take a four-week renewal leave. This could provide an opportunity for in-depth continuing education. Don says it could be helpful for the GBHEM to provide guidelines for continuing education that will jumpstart annual conferences and help them see the possibilities for continuing education. They need models that can help conferences use continuing education standards in an uncomplicated way. They also need help teaching clergy that continuing education is a lifelong endeavor. Don says it could be helpful for the GBHEM to provide guidelines for continuing education that will jumpstart annual conferences and help them see the possibilities for continuing education. They need models that can help conferences use continuing education standards in an uncomplicated way. They also need help teaching clergy that continuing education is a lifelong endeavor.

58 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Rev. Doug McKinney, Chair of Continuing Education Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, Parker, CO The Rocky Mountain Annual Conference goal for continuing education is to help clergy grow their minds, hearts and skill for ministry. The Rocky Mountain Annual Conference goal for continuing education is to help clergy grow their minds, hearts and skill for ministry. The conference is working to reestablish continuing education standards of accountability through a reporting form system. The forms will also be used to develop a spreadsheet that tracks the kinds of continuing education being used in the conference, as well as resources being used such as books, videos, music and websites. The conference is working to reestablish continuing education standards of accountability through a reporting form system. The forms will also be used to develop a spreadsheet that tracks the kinds of continuing education being used in the conference, as well as resources being used such as books, videos, music and websites.

59 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Rev. Doug McKinney, Chair of Continuing Education Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, Parker, CO (cont.) The Board of Ordained Ministry provides stipends through the Ministerial Education Fund. The annual conference and local churches provide additional funding. The Board of Ordained Ministry provides stipends through the Ministerial Education Fund. The annual conference and local churches provide additional funding. Doug believes that continuing education is the best way to be proactive in developing congregations, in keeping pastors/staff healthy and vital. He recommends more online opportunities, as well as a strong, central source for continuing education based on a cluster group model that helps pastors to get together to develop honest and open relationships, providing mutual support and accountability. Doug believes that continuing education is the best way to be proactive in developing congregations, in keeping pastors/staff healthy and vital. He recommends more online opportunities, as well as a strong, central source for continuing education based on a cluster group model that helps pastors to get together to develop honest and open relationships, providing mutual support and accountability.

60 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Rev. Lucinda Holmes, Coordinator of the Kansas East Annual Conference Task Force on Continuing Education Kansas East Annual Conference, Shawnee, KS The Kansas East Annual Conference has developed a task force on continuing education at the recommendation of the conference’s Revitalization Task Force. Members are working to develop standards for continuing education, to act as a coordinating body for continuing education resources, and to assess what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future for continuing education. The Kansas East Annual Conference has developed a task force on continuing education at the recommendation of the conference’s Revitalization Task Force. Members are working to develop standards for continuing education, to act as a coordinating body for continuing education resources, and to assess what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future for continuing education. In the past, continuing education has been an “every person for him/herself” endeavor. The conference has not had a process in place for approving continuing education events, though lots of events are available in their area. Clergy are required to report continuing education work to their charge conferences and district superintendents. The conference funds continuing education through the Ministerial Education Fund and local church funding. In the past, continuing education has been an “every person for him/herself” endeavor. The conference has not had a process in place for approving continuing education events, though lots of events are available in their area. Clergy are required to report continuing education work to their charge conferences and district superintendents. The conference funds continuing education through the Ministerial Education Fund and local church funding.

61 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Caryl Griffin, former Director, Wesley Leadership Institute Holston Conference, Knoxville, TN The Holston Conference requires clergy to report continuing education activity to charge conferences and district superintendents. They must earn three CEUs per year. All events offering CEUs must be approved by the conference’s Wesley Leadership Institute in order to qualify. Clergy may earn up to one CEU per year through personal study and one CEU per year through online learning. Clergy are encouraged to earn at least one CEU per year in a peer-learning context. Clergy must complete an extensive online reporting form annually. The Holston Conference requires clergy to report continuing education activity to charge conferences and district superintendents. They must earn three CEUs per year. All events offering CEUs must be approved by the conference’s Wesley Leadership Institute in order to qualify. Clergy may earn up to one CEU per year through personal study and one CEU per year through online learning. Clergy are encouraged to earn at least one CEU per year in a peer-learning context. Clergy must complete an extensive online reporting form annually.

62 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Caryl Griffin, former Director, Wesley Leadership Institute Holston Conference, Knoxville, TN (cont.) The cabinet utilizes a “master worksheet” in making appointments. CEUs are listed on this sheet, and could influence appointment decisions. The cabinet utilizes a “master worksheet” in making appointments. CEUs are listed on this sheet, and could influence appointment decisions. The Wesley Leadership Institute is working to develop small group learning and leadership development opportunities across the conference. They are seeking to measure “fruitfulness in ministry” as a result of conference continuing education opportunities, and they encourage events that facilitate congregations living into the vision of the Holston conference for disciple formation. The Wesley Leadership Institute is working to develop small group learning and leadership development opportunities across the conference. They are seeking to measure “fruitfulness in ministry” as a result of conference continuing education opportunities, and they encourage events that facilitate congregations living into the vision of the Holston conference for disciple formation.

63 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Thomas Smith, Director of Ministerial Services Kentucky Annual Conference, Crestwood, KY Continuing education in the Kentucky Annual Conference is funded through Board of Ordained Ministry stipends through the Ministerial Education Fund, additional annual conference funding, local church funding, and endowed scholarship funds. Continuing education in the Kentucky Annual Conference is funded through Board of Ordained Ministry stipends through the Ministerial Education Fund, additional annual conference funding, local church funding, and endowed scholarship funds. The Kentucky AC requires clergy to earn four CEUs (40 contact hours of continuing education) per year. Clergy must report continuing education activity to their charge conferences and district superintendents. Each clergy person must also develop a continuing education plan each year that demonstrates it has been influenced by evaluations with the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee, the ministry setting, and the district superintendent. Starting in 2007, failure to complete required CEUs could result in complaints of unwillingness or ineffectiveness. The Kentucky AC requires clergy to earn four CEUs (40 contact hours of continuing education) per year. Clergy must report continuing education activity to their charge conferences and district superintendents. Each clergy person must also develop a continuing education plan each year that demonstrates it has been influenced by evaluations with the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee, the ministry setting, and the district superintendent. Starting in 2007, failure to complete required CEUs could result in complaints of unwillingness or ineffectiveness.

64 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Thomas Smith, Director of Ministerial Services Kentucky Annual Conference, Crestwood, KY (cont.) The conference offers a catalog of continuing education opportunities at institutions including seminaries, United Methodist colleges, and camp and retreat centers. The conference offers a catalog of continuing education opportunities at institutions including seminaries, United Methodist colleges, and camp and retreat centers. The Kentucky Board of Ordained Ministry has deemed four core competencies vital to effective clergy, which are further broken out into 17 dimensions. All continuing education activities must address at least one of the dimensions of competency. The Kentucky Board of Ordained Ministry has deemed four core competencies vital to effective clergy, which are further broken out into 17 dimensions. All continuing education activities must address at least one of the dimensions of competency.

65 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Annual Conferences Jerry Schronce, District Continuing Education Coordinator Rockingham District, North Carolina Annual Conference The Rockingham District of the North Carolina Annual Conference partners with Duke to develop an annual continuing education event. Jerry polls clergy and leaders to assess needs and wants. He takes ideas to Duke, and Duke executes them. Participants and their spouses pay $75 for a three-day gathering, and Duke’s endowment pays for the remainder of the expenses. The Rockingham District of the North Carolina Annual Conference partners with Duke to develop an annual continuing education event. Jerry polls clergy and leaders to assess needs and wants. He takes ideas to Duke, and Duke executes them. Participants and their spouses pay $75 for a three-day gathering, and Duke’s endowment pays for the remainder of the expenses. Clergy required to earn 1 CEU/year, tracked by District Superintendent. Clergy required to earn 1 CEU/year, tracked by District Superintendent. Jerry says that between one-third and one-half of clergy in his district see continuing education as a burden; the rest see it as an opportunity. Jerry says that between one-third and one-half of clergy in his district see continuing education as a burden; the rest see it as an opportunity.

66 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Elizabeth Luton, Director, Office of Church Ministries Education Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA Candler seeks to serve as a resource for the church through continuing education. The program is funded half through program fees and half through grant or foundation support. 10% of the programs are structured for self-directed study, 40% for colleague groups, and half for leader-directed study. Candler seeks to serve as a resource for the church through continuing education. The program is funded half through program fees and half through grant or foundation support. 10% of the programs are structured for self-directed study, 40% for colleague groups, and half for leader-directed study. Candler provides continuing education for lay people through the Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute, a program which offers six-week courses and weekend seminars for lay people. Candler faculty and local professionals in the Atlanta area teach, and Candler and Atlanta-area churches host the classes. The goal is to provide theological study to people regardless of their religious or academic background. It is geared toward people seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and the faith of the ecumenical community. Candler provides continuing education for lay people through the Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute, a program which offers six-week courses and weekend seminars for lay people. Candler faculty and local professionals in the Atlanta area teach, and Candler and Atlanta-area churches host the classes. The goal is to provide theological study to people regardless of their religious or academic background. It is geared toward people seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and the faith of the ecumenical community.

67 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Elizabeth Luton, Director, Office of Church Ministries Education Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA (cont.) The seminary offers several programs for clergy. Covenant Colleagues is an ecumenical program for clergywomen in their first 10 years of ministry focused on active learning, theological reflection, relational issues, spiritual formation, and peer group learning and support. The seminary offers several programs for clergy. Covenant Colleagues is an ecumenical program for clergywomen in their first 10 years of ministry focused on active learning, theological reflection, relational issues, spiritual formation, and peer group learning and support. Another program is the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for Pastoral Renewal and Spiritual Formation. Clergy participants gather for a week of learning and reflection with faculty, travel to the Holy Land together, and then meet again six months later for further study, as well as reflection on how they have and will integrate the experience into their ministries. Pilgrims participate in small groups for reflection and support before, during and after the journey. Groups are ecumenical. Another program is the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for Pastoral Renewal and Spiritual Formation. Clergy participants gather for a week of learning and reflection with faculty, travel to the Holy Land together, and then meet again six months later for further study, as well as reflection on how they have and will integrate the experience into their ministries. Pilgrims participate in small groups for reflection and support before, during and after the journey. Groups are ecumenical.

68 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Elizabeth Luton, Director, Office of Church Ministries Education Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA (cont.) Candler also offers a variety of one-time events, Course of Study School for Local Pastors, the National Institute in Church Finance and Administration, the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries Institute, and an auditing program. Candler also offers a variety of one-time events, Course of Study School for Local Pastors, the National Institute in Church Finance and Administration, the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries Institute, and an auditing program. Elizabeth notes that it is important for institutions offering continuing education to stop competing with one another; they should work to define their own niches rather than struggling to compete against other local organizations. Elizabeth notes that it is important for institutions offering continuing education to stop competing with one another; they should work to define their own niches rather than struggling to compete against other local organizations.

69 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Bruce Roberts, Director of Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program and Professor of Congregational Education and Leadership Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN The purpose of the Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program (PGSP) is to provide leadership consultation and to furnish resources for local congregations through the formation of clergy peer groups that focus on leadership in ministry. Groups involve eight persons meeting over three years giving primary attention to leadership in congregational life. The range of topics selected for study, reflection and action are broad in scope. Participants determine their own learning goals and strategies for meeting those goals. Group facilitators help clergy explore and refine their goals and learning programs. The purpose of the Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program (PGSP) is to provide leadership consultation and to furnish resources for local congregations through the formation of clergy peer groups that focus on leadership in ministry. Groups involve eight persons meeting over three years giving primary attention to leadership in congregational life. The range of topics selected for study, reflection and action are broad in scope. Participants determine their own learning goals and strategies for meeting those goals. Group facilitators help clergy explore and refine their goals and learning programs.

70 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Bruce Roberts, Director of Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program and Professor of Congregational Education and Leadership Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN (cont.) Reflections and learnings: Reflections and learnings:  Trusting clergy to develop their own learning goals is difficult, but it is also extremely important because it energizes and provides a sense of ownership.  The peer-group process is key to helping clergy feel supported and fulfilled in ministry.  The facilitator in the peer group played a key role in modeling conflict- resolution and examining group dynamics.  When participants identify learning directions, plan learning activities, and sustain work and evaluation over time, they develop valuable leadership competencies.  Congregations can see the difference in their clergy. A clergy person who participates in the program is more motivated, creative and happy, and congregants report this making a positive impact on the life of the church.

71 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Bruce Roberts, Director of Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program and Professor of Congregational Education and Leadership Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN (cont.) This program is expensive – each group receives about $10,000. Costs include not only fees and expenses related to the learning projects, but also administration of the program and training and providing stipends for facilitators. A next step in research is to look at how much (or little) money it would take to create a program with similar results to this one. This program is expensive – each group receives about $10,000. Costs include not only fees and expenses related to the learning projects, but also administration of the program and training and providing stipends for facilitators. A next step in research is to look at how much (or little) money it would take to create a program with similar results to this one.

72 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Nathan Kirkpatrick, Director of Continuing Education Programs Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC Duke’s programs are funded 40% by program fees and 60% by grants. Programs are determined primarily by what institutional leaders think clergy need. Duke’s programs are funded 40% by program fees and 60% by grants. Programs are determined primarily by what institutional leaders think clergy need. Effective programs include: Effective programs include:  “Courage to Serve” an 18-month retreat-based program for rural church pastors  “Study Leave for Ministry Professionals” a program of self-directed study  “Laity Weekend” an annual event featuring a plenary lecture and multiple class opportunities  “Lay Academy of Religion” offers eight topical classes each year that meet for four two-hour sessions over three to four consecutive weeks.

73 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Nathan Kirkpatrick, Director of Continuing Education Programs Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC (cont.) Partnering relationships with: Partnering relationships with:  Parish Ministry Board of North Carolina conference  Pastors School for North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences  Various North Carolina districts  Various other conferences

74 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Nathan Kirkpatrick, Director of Continuing Education Programs Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC (cont.) Duke emphasizes programs that place clergy into long-term peer groups where participants offer accountability, point out God for one another, and provide companionship that is affirming and equipping. Leaders believe continuing education functions not only as a source for intellectual growth, but also as an antidote to burnout. Leaders affirm the validity of both one-time and long-term programs because they meet the needs of different people in different places, reminding people to think theologically. Duke emphasizes programs that place clergy into long-term peer groups where participants offer accountability, point out God for one another, and provide companionship that is affirming and equipping. Leaders believe continuing education functions not only as a source for intellectual growth, but also as an antidote to burnout. Leaders affirm the validity of both one-time and long-term programs because they meet the needs of different people in different places, reminding people to think theologically. Challenge: figure out the distinctiveness of the institution in the face of increasing competition in a market saturated with continuing education providers. There are 16 seminaries within 100 miles of Duke. Challenge: figure out the distinctiveness of the institution in the face of increasing competition in a market saturated with continuing education providers. There are 16 seminaries within 100 miles of Duke.

75 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Rev. Larry Ousley, Director of the Intentional Growth Center Intentional Growth Center, Lake Junaluska, NC The Intentional Growth Center is an independent center for continuing education, serving as a resource for the Southeast Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, as well as clergy and lay people across the country and internationally. The mission of the Intentional Growth Center is to transform leaders for shared Christ-centered ministry. The Intentional Growth Center is an independent center for continuing education, serving as a resource for the Southeast Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, as well as clergy and lay people across the country and internationally. The mission of the Intentional Growth Center is to transform leaders for shared Christ-centered ministry. Funding comes primarily through program fees, with limited additional support from grants, an endowment fund, and from the Southeast Jurisdiction. Balancing the budget is challenging because covering the costs of events and the infrastructure to support the center requires high program fees and/or high levels of participation. Two highly successful programs – interim pastor training and youth confirmation – provide resources to help subsidize less lucrative programs and new innovations. Elderhostel programming also provides a steady source of revenue. Overall, there has been a decrease in participation for stand-alone events. Funding comes primarily through program fees, with limited additional support from grants, an endowment fund, and from the Southeast Jurisdiction. Balancing the budget is challenging because covering the costs of events and the infrastructure to support the center requires high program fees and/or high levels of participation. Two highly successful programs – interim pastor training and youth confirmation – provide resources to help subsidize less lucrative programs and new innovations. Elderhostel programming also provides a steady source of revenue. Overall, there has been a decrease in participation for stand-alone events.

76 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Rev. Larry Ousley, Director of the Intentional Growth Center Intentional Growth Center, Lake Junaluska, NC (cont.) The center emphasizes the personal development of clergy and laity through coaching. According to Larry, coaches work with an individual, group, or organization to: The center emphasizes the personal development of clergy and laity through coaching. According to Larry, coaches work with an individual, group, or organization to: 1.Clarify their purpose/passion/calling based in their core values; 2.focus on what is really important for them; 3.discover and create more ease and flow in their life; 4.and ultimately move into a state of grace.

77 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Rev. Larry Ousley, Director of the Intentional Growth Center Intentional Growth Center, Lake Junaluska, NC (cont.) In addition to coaching programs, IGC offers programming in: In addition to coaching programs, IGC offers programming in:  Biblical Studies  Church Leadership  Spiritual Growth  Confirmation Retreats  Older Adult Ministries  Interim Ministry Training

78 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Marvin Morgan, Director of Continuing Education and Certification Programs The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) seeks to enhance the professional skills of both non-seminary trained clergy and seminary-trained clergy. The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) seeks to enhance the professional skills of both non-seminary trained clergy and seminary-trained clergy. ITC runs a Certificate in Theology Program. It is comprised of satellite teaching locations in rural areas that use a combination of seminary-trained local instructors and videotaped lectures by professors. Bishops in the CME church have adopted this program as an alternative to seminary. The program was originally funded by a grant from the Pew Foundation, but the grant ran out, and now the program relies fully on program fees. There is concern that they have educated so many of the people in the area who needed it, that the market has been saturated. ITC has issued 2000 Certificates in Theology. ITC runs a Certificate in Theology Program. It is comprised of satellite teaching locations in rural areas that use a combination of seminary-trained local instructors and videotaped lectures by professors. Bishops in the CME church have adopted this program as an alternative to seminary. The program was originally funded by a grant from the Pew Foundation, but the grant ran out, and now the program relies fully on program fees. There is concern that they have educated so many of the people in the area who needed it, that the market has been saturated. ITC has issued 2000 Certificates in Theology.

79 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Marvin Morgan, Director of Continuing Education and Certification Programs The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA (cont.) Within the institution, faculty have a positive perception of continuing education, in part because it is an additional source of work and income for them. Administrators see continuing education as an income producer that is expendable. There is little sense of the need to provide continuing education as a service to the community. Within the institution, faculty have a positive perception of continuing education, in part because it is an additional source of work and income for them. Administrators see continuing education as an income producer that is expendable. There is little sense of the need to provide continuing education as a service to the community.

80 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Elise Eslinger, Director of the Institute for Applied Theology United Theological Seminary, Trotwood, OH United has developed a unified curriculum plan that places equal emphasis on masters degree programs, the Doctor of Ministry program, and non-degree programs/continuing education. The Institute for Applied Theology is building a program called Roots and Wings. It is grounded in tradition while also meeting the needs of the emerging church. United has developed a unified curriculum plan that places equal emphasis on masters degree programs, the Doctor of Ministry program, and non-degree programs/continuing education. The Institute for Applied Theology is building a program called Roots and Wings. It is grounded in tradition while also meeting the needs of the emerging church.  “Roots” ground participants in strong scholarship in traditional areas of Bible, theology, history and polity.  “Wings” help participants explore and experience contemporary trends in worship, ministry, and the life of faith, from new worship styles to emerging church management strategies.

81 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Elise Eslinger, Director of the Institute for Applied Theology United Theological Seminary, Trotwood, OH (cont.) Institute programs seek to complement and enhance the seminary's masters and doctoral programs by offering courses, workshops, and special events open to students, clergy and lay ministers, and the community. Special areas of interest include urban ministry, rural and town & country ministry, district superintendent training, and new media. Institute programs seek to complement and enhance the seminary's masters and doctoral programs by offering courses, workshops, and special events open to students, clergy and lay ministers, and the community. Special areas of interest include urban ministry, rural and town & country ministry, district superintendent training, and new media. The institute has three centers: The Center for Urban Ministry, The Heinrich Center for Wellness Ministry and Education, and The Center for Worship, Preaching and the Arts. The institute has three centers: The Center for Urban Ministry, The Heinrich Center for Wellness Ministry and Education, and The Center for Worship, Preaching and the Arts.

82 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Lovett Weems, Executive Director and Ann Michel, Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. The leaders of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership don’t see the center as a continuing education provider, and they say Wesley doesn’t have a centralized continuing education program or director. The leaders of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership don’t see the center as a continuing education provider, and they say Wesley doesn’t have a centralized continuing education program or director. Lovett and Ann recently conducted a landmark study on clergy age trends in The United Methodist Church indicating that there has been a dramatic drop in the number and percentage of United Methodist elders in the last twenty years. Lovett and Ann recently conducted a landmark study on clergy age trends in The United Methodist Church indicating that there has been a dramatic drop in the number and percentage of United Methodist elders in the last twenty years.

83 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Lovett Weems, Executive Director and Ann Michel, Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. (cont.) The center also worked with Saint Paul School of Theology to conduct a study of the probationary process in The United Methodist Church titled “The Journey from Readiness to Effectiveness.” Some of the survey questions to probationers centered around continuing education: The center also worked with Saint Paul School of Theology to conduct a study of the probationary process in The United Methodist Church titled “The Journey from Readiness to Effectiveness.” Some of the survey questions to probationers centered around continuing education: How often did you participate in continuing theological education? How often did you participate in continuing theological education?  Once a week – 9.9%  Every other week – 1.3%  Once a month – 8.6%  Every other month – 9.9%  Quarterly – 31.3%  Less often – 39.1%

84 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Lovett Weems, Executive Director and Ann Michel, Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. (cont.) The time spent in continuing education was… The time spent in continuing education was…  Too much – 5.1%  Too little – 16.1%  About right – 78.9% There are also questions around who decided for probationers what continuing education topics should be covered, who sponsored continuing education for probationers, and who paid for continuing education. The report on the survey is available at the Lewis Center website, There are also questions around who decided for probationers what continuing education topics should be covered, who sponsored continuing education for probationers, and who paid for continuing education. The report on the survey is available at the Lewis Center website,

85 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Tim Dolan, Assistant Director for the Institute of Lay and Clergy Leadership Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA Tim did his dissertation on clergy cluster groups. Tim did his dissertation on clergy cluster groups.  Three clusters of 6-12 clergy in a group  Pastors and lay pastors  Interdenominational  Groups met eight times over 3-4 months  Used an organizational leadership curriculum that covered congregational culture, congregations as a system, and change  Had various presenters  Prayed, engaged in fellowship and engaged in personal sharing

86 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Tim Dolan, Assistant Director for the Institute of Lay and Clergy Leadership Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA (cont.) Findings: Findings:  Pastoral leaders are leaving ministry due to organizational leadership issues, conflict and relationship issues  Many pastors had no training around these issues  Ongoing support and learning in a small group was very important to the success of the program. When they learned something, they could go home and try it out, then come back and debrief.  The personal support that the group provided helped the learning be deeper and more meaningful.  Sharing is easier in an ecumenical group.  Clergy and churches are willing to support such projects when they understand them, and it doesn’t take a lot of money. The program was funded with $500 from each clergy person.

87 The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church SNAPSHOTS IN CONTINUING EDUCATION Academic Institutions and Conference Centers Tim Dolan, Assistant Director for the Institute of Lay and Clergy Leadership Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA (cont.) Concerns with long-term learning groups: Concerns with long-term learning groups:  Money is perceived as an obstacle. It is a question of priorities. People feel overwhelmed by the number of conferences and workshops available, and feel like they don’t have the time and money even for short-term experiences.  Educational institutions need to create priorities for ongoing continuing education.  Denominational leaders need to encourage clergy to see the value in long-term learning groups. Tim says we need to change the way we think and develop a culture that says investing in learning takes time and energy – and that it is very important. His vision is that every church leader be in a support network, sharing and learning new things in an ongoing capacity, and decreasing isolation. The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Research by Jenny Phillips Coordinator for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach at Drew University Theological School January 29, 2007 Tim says we need to change the way we think and develop a culture that says investing in learning takes time and energy – and that it is very important. His vision is that every church leader be in a support network, sharing and learning new things in an ongoing capacity, and decreasing isolation. The Landscape of Continuing Education in The United Methodist Church Research by Jenny Phillips Coordinator for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach at Drew University Theological School January 29, 2007


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