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 fulfills their mandated reporting requirement in August 2017, they must fulfil this again on or before August 2020.
 

Lifelong Learning requirements for Authorized Ministers with Active Status: 

The 20 hours are to be divided among: 

  • 2 hours on mandated reporting requirements (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. When you click on that and “start training” the front page says “two hours to complete” 
  • 6 hours in pastoral ethics/boundary training (any class not offered by NCNC, must be pre-approved by COM B to qualify.) 

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.  

Lifelong learning requirements for Authorized Ministers with Retired Status: 

  • 6 hours in pastoral ethics/boundary training (any class not offered by NCNC, must be pre-approved by COM B to qualify.) 
  • 2 hours on mandated reporting requirements (the free online course can be taken here.) 

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.