Continuing Education & Enrichment

Continuing Education and Enrichment

All active Licensed and Ordained Ministers in Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference are required to have at least 15 hours of Pastoral Development during the calendar year, effective January 1, 2017. These hours are measured as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 15 hours equal 1.5 CEUs. The hours may be divided between Continuing Education and Enrichment opportunities. All persons with active credentials are required to complete eight (8) hours of ethics training every five years as part of their continuing education.

Credentialed persons can earn CEUs by attending either PSMC sponsored or other religious/spiritual opportunities not sponsored by PSMC.

To apply for CEU credit for PSMC sponsored events, a CEU credit form will be provided for you at the event and will be signed by event leaders at the end of the event. The pastor/leader is then required to submit this stamped form to the PSMC office for the credit to be applied to their ministerial profile. Submit the form and documentation via email to admin@pacificsouthwest.org or a copy mailed to the PSMC office at 379 N. Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91786. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

To apply for CEU credit for events not sponsored by PSMC, download and print the PSMC CEU Form. Complete the form and attach proper proof that you completed the instructional hours. Submit the form and documentation via email to admin@pacificsouthest.org or a copy mailed to the PSMC office at 379 N. Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91786. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

Continuing education and enrichment opportunities will often be shared via PSMC e-Update. Below is a list of upcoming opportunities for 2017.

PSMC Sponsored Events:

  • Healthy Boundaries for Clergy, led by Terry Shue  (.35 CEUs), Friday, June  9, 1:00-4:00 pm, Idyllwild Camp and Conference Center

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary events (see http://www.ambs.edu/lifelong-learning for details on these events):

Webinars: Major Challenges Facing the Contemporary Church: Greg Boyd in Conversation with Select AMBS Faculty, Thursday (your first webinar is free)

  • March 16, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT, Migration and Pentecost: Greg Boyd in Conversation with Safwat Marzouk, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Jamie Pitts, Assistant Professor of Anabaptist Studies (.15 CEUs)
  • Thursday, April 20, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT Creation in Travail and Creation Renewed: Greg Boyd in Conversation with Malinda Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics (.15 CEUs)
  • Thursday, May 25, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT Conflict, Oppression and Shalom: Greg Boyd in Conversation with Janna Hunter Bowman, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics (.15 CEUs)

Anabaptist Short Courses

Anabaptist short courses provide a way for new Anabaptists and people seeking to deepen their ministry in the way of Jesus to engage Anabaptist history, thought and witness.

Boundary Awareness Training in cooperation with Disciples of Christ Pacific Southwest Region

PSMC has made arrangements to for PSMC leaders to participate in Boundary Awareness Training sponsored by the Disciples of Christ Pacific Southwest Region.  To register for any of these courses go to www.disciplespswr.org/boundary-training and download the registration form. You will register directly with the Disciples of Christ office. Each of the below courses are .2 CEUs.

  • June 1, 2017 – First Congregational Church Santa Ana – 2555 N Santiago St, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (registration deadline April 21)

9:30 – 11:30 Clergy Sexual Ethics Part B

12:30 – 2:20 Ethics of Social Networking

2:45 – 4:45 Ethics of Self Care

12:30 – 4:45 Ethics for Retired Clergy

  • July 26, 2017 – University Christian Church – 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (registration deadline June 23)

9:30 – 11:30 Clergy Sexual Ethics Part B

12:30 – 2:20 Financial Ethics

12:30 – 2:20 Ethics for Pastoral Care with Reproductive Rights

2:45 – 4:45 Safe Church

  • October 20, 2017 – Abundant Life Christian Church – 3500 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (registration deadline September 15)

9:30 – 11:30 Clergy Sexual Ethics Part B

12:30 – 2:20 Ethics with End of Life Conversations

12:30 – 2:20 Ethics in Governance

2:45 – 4:45 Ethics in Preaching

Enrichment Opportunities

PSMC Events:

  • 2017 Gathering (.5 CEUs for full weekend; .25 CEUs for half of weekend), June 9-11, Idyllwild Camp and Conference Center
  • Pastor/Spouse Retreat (.5 CEUs for full weekend; .25 CEUs for half of weekend), September  29-October 1, Camp Keola

Other Events:

  • Orlando 2017 (.1 CEUs per day), July 4-8, Orlando, Florida

You are invited to design your own enrichment opportunities such as personal retreats, learning tours or other activities or events that contribute to your growth as a ministering person. Contact the Conference Minister if you wish to do this.

Additional Continuing Education and Enrichment opportunities will be announced as they become available.

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