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About the Clergy CEU Registry

As in many careers, one’s professional standing depends on “keeping up” with the developments in one’s profession. Ministry is no different. However, clergy in the Church of the Nazarene represent a range of contexts. One size or type of continuing education program cannot fit all clergy settings or needs. Further, not all clergy have the same access to educational resources. The self-registry allows clergy to take charge of their own continuing education by self-selecting and self-reporting their professional development efforts appropriate to their context. While the annual expectation of 20 contact hours of continuing education remains, each credentialed minister is responsible for his/her own participation and record. Continuing educational activities entered in your registry do not require prior approval by an adjudicating group (i.e., Clergy Development, the district, or regional educational university).

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What qualifies as Continuing Education?

While the daily practice of ministry is professional development, not all clergy activity should be considered continuing education. Conferences, district training seminars, continuing education courses from educational institutions or professional groups, webcasts, professional book discussions with other clergy are examples of activities that would qualify. On-site or online events are acceptable means of delivery for continuing education events/activity. Study for a sermon or Bible study, reading a magazine or professional journal, viewing an informative television program or listening to a presentation at the local service club meeting probably would not qualify. Show discretion in selecting valid continuing educational experiences. Your district administrators can assist in determining the validity of an activity.

Who else has access to your registry?

The only other persons who have access to your registry are designated administrators (i.e., district superintendent and or representatives) from the district where you are currently assigned and/or where your church membership is held. The administrators may use your continuing education registry for the purposes of review and evaluation. The Northwest Nazarene University site administrator has access to your file but will not use the information for evaluative purposes or share your information with any third party.