CONTINUING EDUCATION, FORMATIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH LEAVE
DISCIPLINE (2016) PROVISIONS:
- Throughout their careers, clergy shall engage in continuing education for ministry, professional development, and spiritual formation and growth in order to lead the church in fulfilling the mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ. This shall include carefully developed personal programs of study augmented periodically by involvement in organized educational and spiritual growth activities.
- A clergy member’s continuing education and spiritual growth program should include such leaves at least one week each year and at least one month during one year of every quadrennium. Such leaves shall not be considered as part of the minister’s vacations and shall be planned in consultation with their charges or other agencies to which they are appointed as well as the bishop, district superintendent, and annual conference continuing education committee.
- A clergy member may request a formational and spiritual growth leave up to six months while continuing to hold an appointment in the local church. Such leaves are available to clergy members who have held full-time appointments for at least six years. Such a leave shall be with the approval of the committee on pastor-parish relations, the church council, and the district superintendent. Annual conferences are encouraged to assist with pulpit supply and other temporary support for such leaves.
- Financial arrangements for continuing education as part of one’s professional development, formation, and spiritual growth shall be negotiated in the following manner: (a) for elders and local pastors it shall be done in consultation with the district superintendent and the committee on pastor-parish relations; (b) for deacons, with the appropriate supervisory body; (c) for district superintendents, with the district committee on superintendency; (d) for conference staff, with the appropriate supervisory body; (e) for others in extension ministries, with the appropriate person in their agency.
- Clergy shall be asked by the district superintendent in the charge conference to report on their programs of continuing education, formation and spiritual growth for the past year and plans for the year to come. The district superintendent shall also ask the local church to describe its provision for time and financial support of continuing education for ministry, professional development, formation and spiritual growth for the pastors, diaconal ministers and deacons serving their primary appointment in that local church.
The life of the clergyperson is a lifelong commitment and the intentional pursuit of fruitfulness. Each clergyperson is responsible for choosing growth producing, transforming, and formative events/programs that will help them continue in her/his fruitfulness in ministry. Grants are available to all clergy, under appointment, serving in the Indiana Conference as; Associate Members, Deacons, Diaconal Members, Elders, Local Pastors (full and part-time), and Provisional Members.
These grants are provided by the continued faithful giving of local congregations to the Indiana Conference’s Tithe, which supports The United Methodist Church’s Ministerial Education Fund (MEF). There will be stewardship of these funds to ensure maximum impact for fulfilling the mission.
The purpose of the Clergy Continuing Formation Grant is to fulfill the intent of paragraph 350.1 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, “Throughout their careers, clergy shall engage in continuing education for ministry, professional development, and spiritual formation and growth in order to lead the church in fulfilling the mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ.”
The grants are distributed based on the availability of MEF Funds, according to the following disbursement:
- Current grants for clergy appointed to full-time active service provide up to the lesser of $500;
- Current grants for clergy appointed to part-time active service provide up to the lesser of $250.
Please carefully read the guidelines/instructions and send completed applications (4 weeks prior to the event) to:
Administrator of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Or email completed application to email@example.com
Checks will be processed upon receipt of the completed application.
The Indiana Extension Course of Study School is an extension of the Garrett-Evangelical School of Theology Course of Study School, operating under the authority of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Student performance is reported to the Division of Ordained Ministry, the annual conference Board Of Ordained Ministry and the student’s Conference Superintendent and District Committee on Ministry.
The United Methodist Church requires part-time local pastors to complete the Course of Study in 12 years. The student should complete two classes per year to be eligible for reappointment. (Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2016 ¶318.2 See also ¶ 316-320)
The weekend schedule makes attendance at the Indiana Extension COS School possible for part-time pastors having a non-clergy vocation.
Applicants must complete the Candidacy and License to Preach requirements before beginning the Course of Study.
SESSION DATES FOR 2019 & 2020
- Spring Session 2019- January 18 & 19, March 9, April 13 (registration closed)
- Summer Hybrid 2019 – May 18 – June 29
- Fall Session 2019- August 23 & 24, October 12, November 16
- Spring Session 2020- January 24 & 25, March 7, April 18
The following classes were offered in Spring 2019:
121 Bible I: Introduction
122 Theol. Heritage I: Introduction
123 Formation & Discipleship
222 Theol. Heritage II: Early Church
223 Worship & The Sacraments
421 Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms
422 Theol. Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2019 COURSE OF STUDY ENDED JANUARY 1, 2019
Summer Hybrid 2019
- May 18: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
- May 19 – June 28: Online class interaction
- June 29: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm
The following classes are being offered Summer 2019:
- 121 Bible Introduction
- 122 Theological Heritage 1, Intro (start date June 8-this class only)
- 123 Formation & Discipleship
- 224 Administration & Polity
- 423 Mission
- 424 Ethics
- 521 Bible V– Acts, Epistles, Revelation
Contact person: Michele Philips, (260) 602-6368, firstname.lastname@example.org