Lifelong Learning Policy

All Authorized Ministers with standing in the NCNC must complete 20 hours of professional development contact education hours on a three year cycle in order to maintain their standing. Consequences for non-compliance are described below on this page.  

For example, this means that if an Authorized Minister fulfilled their mandated reporting requirement in August 2019, they must fulfill this again on or before August 2022.
 

Lifelong Learning requirements for Authorized Ministers with Active Status: 

The 20 hours are to be divided among: 

  • 6 hours in Boundary Training offered by NCNC. Currently NCNC offers a full-day session containing all four required modules once a year (e.g., in April 2020); and the four individual modules throughout the course of the year. This is the recommended approach.
      • Ministers pursuing alternate training offerings should check with Section B prior to enrolling to ensure they will be acceptable
      • Currently Approved Trainings:
        1. April 4, 2020 NCNC Training
        2. FaithTrust Online Course Health Boundaries (begins April 20)
        3. NCNC Modules (all four modules must be completed; two offered at each of two events (Annual Gathering and Authorized Ministers Retreat)
        4. The full-day Boundary Training offered by the City of Refuge.
      • Notes: The Boundary Training offered by Convergence (f.k.a. the Center for Progressive Renewal) and the half-day training offered at the Pacific School of Religion do not meet our requirements.

Boundary Training Modules are broken up into four sections:
A – Power & Authority
B – Relationships & Touch
C – Media, Internet & Press
D – Healthy Leadership & Self care 

  • 12 hours continuing education chosen by the minister to meet their individual needs (classes either directly relevant to their areas of focus or classes that broaden their knowledge), language study, etc.  
  • Mandated Reporter Training (however long it takes you, because the first time will take longer). The free online course can be taken here. When you click on the link there is a red button at the bottom of the page that says “Start Training” Once you click on that, you will see the option for the clergy training. Click on that tab and then on the button to “start training.”  Please note: In order to receive a certificate for a profession-specific course, including Clergy training, the General module and Profession-Specific module must both be completed. This is a new requirement as of May 2019. When taking the Profession-Specific training a certificate for the General module is not issued as the certificate for the profession-specific training includes the completion of the General training. This is a one-time requirement and when renewing the certificate in the future, the General training won’t be required if it’s already completed.

Lifelong learning requirements for Authorized Ministers with Retired Status: 

  • 6 hours in Boundary Training offered by NCNC. Currently NCNC offers a full-day session containing all four required modules once a year (e.g., in April 2020); and the four individual modules throughout the course of the year. This is the recommended approach.
      • Ministers pursuing alternate training offerings should check with Section B prior to enrolling to ensure they will be acceptable
      • Currently Approved Trainings:
        1. April 4, 2020 NCNC Training
        2. FaithTrust Online Course Health Boundaries (begins April 20)
        3. NCNC Modules (all four modules must be completed; two offered at each of two events (Annual Gathering and Authorized Ministers Retreat)
        4. The full-day Boundary Training offered by the City of Refuge.
      • Notes: The Boundary Training offered by Convergence (f.k.a. the Center for Progressive Renewal) and the half-day training offered at the Pacific School of Religion do not meet our requirements.
  • Mandated Reporter Training (however long it takes you, because the first time will take longer). The free online course can be taken here. When you click on the link there is a red button at the bottom of the page that says “Start Training” Once you click on that, you will see the option for the clergy training. Click on that tab and then on the button to “start training.”  Please note: In order to receive a certificate for a profession-specific course, including Clergy training, the General module and Profession-Specific module must both be completed. This is a new requirement as of May 2019. When taking the Profession-Specific training a certificate for the General module is not issued as the certificate for the profession-specific training includes the completion of the General training. This is a one-time requirement and when renewing the certificate in the future, the General training won’t be required if it’s already completed.

Lifelong Learning requirements for Authorized Ministers with Exempt Status: 

  •  If you are a minister who has been approved by the Committee on Ministry Section B for exempt standing, you are NOT required to complete 20 hours of professional development contact education hours (which includes mandated reporting requirements, pastoral ethics/boundary training, and continuing education) and you agree, in return, that you will not be participating in any kind of public ministry. 

To learn more about exempt standing click here. 

 

Consequences of Non-compliance 

In order to hold a standard of ministerial excellence for those with ministerial standing in the Conference, and to protect the Conference from potential liability, the following consequences will be followed for those who do not complete lifelong learning requirements: 

Step 1: The minister will be notified in writing of the Life-Long Learning requirements of which they are out of compliance and offered options for how to fulfill the requirements. They are given six months to complete the requirements and be considered in compliance. 

Step 2: If, after six months, the minister is still out of compliance on one or more of the requirements a certified letter will be sent notifying the minister that standing has been suspended. The minister has six months from the date of the letter to complete the out of compliance requirements and, upon doing so, will be immediately reinstated to full standing. The minister will not need to report the suspension of standing on any future profile.  

Step 3: If, after another six months (one year from first being notified of being out of compliance) the minister remains out of compliance, standing will be terminated. The minister can be reinstated once they complete the requirements but will need to report the termination of standing on all future profiles.