L 70 Field Nurture of Pastors (Continuing Education for Ministry)
L 70 05 Background—Excellence in ministry requires that ministers continually hone the skills needed to perform their profession. It involves commitment to a lifelong process of learning. This is accomplished by a consistent continuing education plan, which will allow pastors to enhance their ministry skills. It is the responsibility of professional pastors to continually update their expertise that they might serve their constituents better.
Recognizing that continuing education for clergy is a lifelong process, this section of the North American Division Working Policy, encourages ministers to pursue a program of continuing education so they may grow in their proficiency of Core Qualities for Effective Ministry including, character, evangelism, worship, leadership, scholarship, management, and relationship.
Continuing education for ministry in the North American Division operates in harmony with General Conference Continuing Education World Guidelines.
L 70 10 Objectives—Continuing education is a specific planned program of study beyond basic formal education.
1. It is not designed to replace the formal training (MDiv) of the Seventh-day Adventist ministry as described by the Working Policy of the North American Division.
2. Continuing education is intended to serve all licensed and credentialed ministers.
3. The Seventh-day Adventist church expects a minimum of two earned continuing education units (CEUs) annually for professional pastors that would benefit their development as ministers. A continuing education unit is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship.
4. NAD Ministerial Continuing Education Committee provides continuing education guidelines.
5. Ministers report their CEUs on the Certification platform that is housed on the Adventist Learning Community.
6. A minister should make every effort to have a balanced continuing education program that would reflect the academic, practical, and spiritual aspects of ministry.
7. Professional development is identified as learning directly relevant to the ministerial profession to maintain and enhance ministerial effectiveness. Professional learning takes many forms but is not limited to the following: attending seminars, taking courses in person or online such as those found on Adventist Learning Community, reading journals and academic books, writing presentations or professional courses. It also includes assessment, evaluation, and the reporting and tracking of the learning activity. Professional development learning activities do not include the anticipated and predictable responsibilities of the ministry profession.