For information concerning changes in conference relationship (retirement, leaves, honorable location), also annual extension ministry reports
Deadlines for changing conference relationship (requests must be in writing):
358. (120 days before effective) - if effective July 1, then request deadline is March 1.
Send written request to the Bishop and District Superintendent, with copies to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) and the Conference Benefits Office (Deborah Gagnon, Human Resources and Benefits Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (978) 682-7676 ext 121.)
Voluntary Leave of Absence
¶354 (personal, family, or transitional). (90 days before Annual Conference, except transitional) - March 15.
Send written request to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) with copies to the Bishop and the District Superintendent. Request to end voluntary leave (except transitional) must be in writing at least 6 months prior to Annual Conference.
¶352. (6 months prior to Annual Conference)
Send written request to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) with copies to the Bishop and the District Superintendent.
Complete information on other changes to Conference relationship can be found here:
- involuntary leave - ¶355
- maternity/paternity leave - ¶356
- medical leave - ¶357
- involuntary retirement - ¶358.3
- honorable location -¶359
- withdrawal - ¶361
- re-admission - ¶¶365-369
- less than full-time service - ¶338.2
Conference Relations Forms
LOCAL PASTOR EDUCATION
The New England Conference offers Local Pastor Licensing School once per year. To register, read the Brochure and Registration Form and return the completed, signed form to the Registrar.
The 2017 Local Pastor Licensing School (LPLS) will be held on the following dates:
(1) Full Week Session: January 8-13, 2017 at Rolling Ridge, North Andover, MA
(2) Saturday Sessions: February 4, February 11, and March 4, 2017 at Wilmington UMC (MA)
New Pastor Orientation (NPO)
If at least 1/3 of a seminary degree has been completed, the licensing school requirement is fulfilled by attending New Pastor Orientation (instead of Local Pastor Licensing School). If you have already completed Local Pastor Licensing School, you do not need to attend the NPO.
New Pastor Orientation will be held in late May or June each year.
The 2017 New Pastor Orientation Dates and Registration Form will be posted here by mid-March, 2017.
Course of Study Registration and Scholarships
Local Pastor Registrar:
Rev. Karen Peters, KLPeters50@msn.com
, 18 Cedar St, Marblehead, MA 01945
Rev. Karen Peters is the Local Pastor Registrar and the Chairperson of the Board of Ordained Ministry's Local Pastor Committee. The local pastor registrar's signature is required to register for Course of Study and also for requesting scholarship money from your completed courses. Scholarships for Course of Study are limited to $250 per course, 2 courses per year (total of $500 per year).
Deacons/Diaconal Ministry/Certification in Specialized Ministries
For information concerning the Order of Deacon and Specialized Ministries
Rev. Elizabeth Kubota
84 Fitzpatrick Road
Grafton, MA 01519
Continuing Formation/Spiritual Growth/Pastoral Nurture
For information concerning scholarships, continuing education, maternity/paternity leave and release time
Rev. Rebecca Mincieli
PO Box 696
Falmouth, MA 02541
Maternity/Paternity Leave (¶356)
Inform District Superintendent, SPRC, Conference Relations co-chairs and Pastoral Nurture chair (see above) at least 90 days prior to beginning leave.
Maternity/Paternity Leave policy and form
Release Time Policy - currently being updated, please contact your District Superintendent
Release Time Application - currently being updated, please contact your District Superintendent
Applications for Scholarships and Grants
For persons enrolled in a graduate degree program in preparation for ordained ministry or some other form of full-time Christian service in the United Methodist Church.
Short-term Grants: for any clergy under appointment in the New England Conference, to assist in providing funding for short-term continuing education programs or events
MDiv Grants: for certified candidates for ordained ministry who are in an MDiv or equivalent degree program
DMin Grants: for full or provisional members who have completed seminary, and diaconal ministers under appointment who are pursuing a graduate degree - DMin or equivalent
Life-long learning is critical to continued effectiveness in ministry and includes both transformational learning
and development of basic ministry skills
. The New England Conference Guidelines for Continuing Theological Education
policy states that the following persons are required to receive a minimum of one (1) CEU per year and at least eight (8) CEUs per quadrennium:
- Full-time local pastors who have completed the Course of Study
- Elders under appointment
- Deacons in full connection under appointment
- Provisional members under appointment
- Diaconal ministers under appointment
- Associate members under appointment
- Retired pastors under appointment
A CEU is defined as ten (10) contact hours (instructional session or its equivalent) under qualified leadership. It is assumed that programs sponsored by an agency of the general church, jurisdiction, conference, district, ecumenical, or community service institution or covenant study groups will have qualified leadership. Half (1/2) credits will be given for contact time between five (5) and ten (10) hours.
The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry has compiled a list of Learning Experiences that support growth and development.
Continuing Education Credit Request Form - In order to receive CEU credits, this form should be taken to the event and filled out by the contact person for the event
Clergy Continuing Education (CEU) Record - This form is to be completed and reviewed with the District Superintendent annually.
CEU Event Planner Request Form - For a sponsor of an event who would like to offer CEUs to those attending. Completed form should be returned at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the event to Rev. Rebecca Mincieli, PO Box 696, Falmouth, MA 02541, Pastorrebecca@comcast.net
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