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Continuing Education, Lifelong Learning, and Ministerial Education Fund Grants (MEF)


Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the California-Nevada Annual Conference Continuing Education page. The care and feeding of our professional and personal life is crucial in becoming transformational leaders. On this website you will find our mandated Continuing Education Unit Policy (CEU), forms and many, many opportunities to fulfill the CEU's. 

If you have ideas, suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact me at susan@wgumc.org or (408) 294-9796.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Susan Smith, Chair
Council on Clergy Development

 

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Continuing Education Policies

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Revised May 16, 2017

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the California-Nevada Annual Conference requires eight CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) per quadrennium for all active clergy. At least one CEU per year will be completed with a total of eight per quadrennium. Special circumstances due to appointment status will be addressed in consultation with the Conference Relations Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry.

The eight CEU's are divided as follows:

  • 1 CEU in intercultural competency
  • .5 CEU in Clergy Boundaries
  • .5 CEU in one's spiritual formation
  • 1 CEU in disciple making

 The remaining 5.5 are to be distributed among:

  • professional competency development
  • career assessment and life planning
  • self-care and personal growth

 Typically, 1 CEU = 10 hours of instruction. Instructional time is time spent with an instructor participating in discernible learning. Instruction time does not include reading, study, or lab experience.

When participating in personal self-care activities that don't offer CEUs, one doesn't need approval from the CEU Approval Committee. However, personal self-care activities do not qualify for CEUs or for the use of Ministerial Education Funds (MEF).

We recognize immersion experiences as valuable educational opportunities. CEUs will be granted, however, only if the immersion experience has a defined classroom component and for those hours only.

To determine the CEUs for an event that does not offer CEUs, please apply to the CEU Approval Committee and they will approve the instructional hours if appropriate.

Please note: The CEU Approval Committee meets quarterly. CEUs can be approved retroactively.


Grant Forms

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Purpose:
These grants are reimbursements designed to assist clergy in seeking coaching as needed. Limited funds are available for clergy coaching through the Ministerial Education Fund of the Board of Ordained Ministry, administered by the Council on Clergy Development.

Eligibility:

  • All clergy members who are under Episcopal appointment or District Superintendent assignment in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
  • Persons under joint review, investigation, or who are on trial may NOT avail themselves of this fund.

Amount Available:

  • Eligible applicants may receive up to one-half of the fee paid with a maximum of $1,200 per person for 12 months.
  • Eligibility renews on July 1 of each year.

Application Procedure:
Complete the application and send it with a copy of the coaching payment receipt to:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com
 

Requests for reimbursement may be submitted monthly, if desired.

Payments:
All checks will be mailed directly to the applicant. Please note that payments are intended to be reimbursements for your coaching expenses and, as such, require receipts as documentation of your expense. Without copies of your receipts at the time of application, you will receive a 1099-MISC for the payment which will then affect your taxable income.

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Purpose: These grants are reimbursements designed to support the acquisition of new skills, competencies and/or educational experiences that develop effective practice of ministry.

Eligibility: Continuing Education Grants are available to clergy serving under Episcopal appointment or District Superintendent assignment in the proposed year of the continuing education opportunity experience and can be used only for work that receives Continuing Education Units as outlined in the Continuing Education Policy of the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Application Procedure:

  • Make sure your CEU class/event is approved by the Council on Clergy Development or is receiving CEU’s from an approved institution. CEUs are offered for only for the instructional hours of an event.
  • Fill out the attached application. 
  • Have your PPRC/SPRC Chair approve and sign the application.
  • Send the completed application along with copies of payment receipts to the BOOM Financial Secretary: 

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

Payments:
Please note that payments are intended to be reimbursements for your continuing education expenses and, as such, require receipts as documentation of your expense. Without copies of your receipts at the time of application, you will receive a 1099-MISC for the payment which will then affect your taxable income.

Amount available:

The Board of Ordained Ministry provides grants to clergy who are participating in approved continuing education classes and events. Only one grant will be given per event. The Board has approved grants up $600 per calendar year for each clergy person. You may access up to $2400.00 at one time with a maximum of $2400 being available to each clergy person during a four-year period as funds are available.

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Purpose:
These grants are designed to assist clergy and their families in receiving counseling and mental health services as needed to be healthy in ministry.

Eligibility and Limitations:

  • If you are enrolled in the Conference Health Plan [HMO], you are NOT eligible for these funds.
  • If you are enrolled in a health plan that offers outpatient counseling services, you are NOT eligible for these funds.

If you are not limited by the above, then funds are available to:

  • All clergy members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference who are under Episcopal appointment.
  • Widows/widowers of clergy.
  • The immediate families of the above.

Persons under joint review, investigation, or who are on trial may avail themselves of these grants with the approval of the District Superintendent.
 
Amount available:

  • Eligible applicants may receive up to one half of the fee paid with a maximum of

$1,500 per family for 12 months.

  • Eligibility renews on July 1 each year.
  • Under special circumstances the $1,500 maximum may be extended.
  • Other funds may be available through the Bishop’s office. Contact a District Superintendent for more information.

Application Procedure:
Complete the application and send it with a copy of the counseling payment receipt to:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

 
Payments:
All checks will be mailed directly to the applicant. Please note that payments are intended to be reimbursements for your counseling expenses and, as such, require receipts as documentation of your expense. Without copies of your receipts at the time of application, you will receive a 1099-MISC for the payment which will then affect your taxable income.

Download Application

Purpose:
These grants are reimbursements designed to assist clergy in seeking spiritual direction as needed. Limited funds are available for personal spiritual direction through the Ministerial Education Fund of the Board of Ordained Ministry, administered by the Council on Clergy Development.

Eligibility:

  • All clergy members who are under Episcopal appointment or District Superintendent assignment in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
  • Persons under joint review, investigation, or who are on trial may NOT avail themselves of this fund.

Amount Available:

  • Eligible applicants may receive up to one half of the fee paid with a maximum of $1,000 per person for 12 months.
  • Eligibility renews on July 1 of each year.

Application Procedure:
Complete the application and send it with a copy of the spiritual direction payment receipt to:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

Requests for reimbursement may be submitted monthly, if desired. 

Payments:
All checks will be mailed directly to the applicant. Please note that payments are intended to be reimbursements for your counseling expenses and, as such, require receipts as documentation of your expense. Without copies of your receipts at the time of application, you will receive a 1099-MISC for the payment which will then affect your taxable income.

Download Application

Purpose: These grants are designed to support the acquisition of new skills,competencies and/or educational experiences that develop effective practice of ministry.

Eligibility: Circuit Grants are available to groups of clergy serving under Episcopal appointment or District Superintendent assignment and are formed into a circuit,caucus, group, fellowship, or other assembly in the proposed year of the continuing education opportunity experience.

Application Procedure:

  • Send the completed application to your District Superintendent.

With the District Superintendentʼs signature of approval, the request should be forward to the Financial Secretary:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

Read the following important information:
 
Groups such as circuits, districts, and caucuses may apply for up to $500.00 per year for continuing education events, retreats, and convocations. Other sources of support will be required [local churches, district funds, etc.] An evaluation of the event will be made to the District Superintendent and the Council on Clergy Development. Each year cycles on July 1.

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Purpose: These funds are used to support the local church in providing pulpit supply during the Sabbath Summer of its appointed clergy.

Eligibility: These funds are available only to churches served by clergy under Episcopal appointment.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Sabbath Summer Application.
  • Have your PPRC/SPRC Chair approve and sign the application.

Have you District Superintendent approve and sign the application and forward the completed application to the Financial Secretary:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

Read the following important information:
The maximum amount available for this grant is $300 and may be reduced according to availability of funds.

A follow-up report is required to be provided to the Council on Clergy Development.

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Application Procedure:
  • Fill in the information on the attached application form.
  • Attach, or have mailed directly to the funding coordinator, a letter from your District Committee on Ordained Ministry stating the date of your certification declaration as a candidate for ministry.
  • Attach or have mailed directly to the funding coordinator a letter from your seminary verifying your enrollment.
  • Mail the completed application to the Financial Secretary.
  • Read the following important information:

Student Scholarships are intended for United Methodist students who are declared*, or certified candidates for ministry, have met at least once with their DCOM, and who are enrolled in a seminary recognized by the Academic Senate. The maximum grant is $3000.00. Individual grants may vary depending on the number of applicants and the availability of funds. Financial need, missional priorities, and evidence of sound personal financial practices are taken into consideration in the granting of scholarships. Applications for each academic year are due by April 1st. Decisions are made by committee deliberation at the spring meeting of the Council on Clergy Development.
 
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year must be received by April 1, 2014.

*A declared candidate is one who has made known his/her call to ordained ministry to the local church and has had that call affirmed by his/her annual local Church Conference, and has met at least once with his/her District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

  • Social Security number is required prior to funding. You may write it on the application or call Karen Foster, CANC Accounting Manager at (916) 374-1521]
Return to:

Harry Bettis
8676 Bow St
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916.423.3034
Fax: 916.682.9219
Harryb2032@aol.com

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.