Clinical Pastoral Education

Equipping for Pastoral Ministry in Anxious Times

Extended (Part-Time) CPE Unit

This unit spans the two semesters of the school year, beginning the first week of the fall semester and concluding at the end of the spring semester in April. Four hours each week are scheduled for group education. Students are expected to serve approximately 10 hours per week as chaplain interns at a local hospital and/or retirement community. Students may schedule much of their “clinical” time (including daytimes, evenings, and weekends) to fit their own schedules. Semester breaks will be observed.

Summer CPE Unit

The Summer unit is a full-time ten week program beginning near the end of May and concluding in early August. Monday through Friday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) is spent in clinical ministry or in the nearly 12 hours of group seminars. Students typically divide ministry time as chaplian interns between Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) and a local retirement community. Students are expected to provide occasional “on-call” coverage in the hospital on evenings and weekends.

Congregation-Based CPE Unit

This unit is designed for those holding at least a half-time position of ministry in a congregational setting. The congregation serves as the student’s ministry assignment. Learning in this unit includes gaining an understanding of the congregation as a family system or emotional unit. Characteristics of a “healthy congregation” will be explored along with the qualities and dynamics of “differentiated” leadership.

Extended (Part-Time) CPE Unit

This unit spans the two semesters of the school year, beginning the first week of the fall semester and concluding at the end of the spring semester in April. Students will complete 10 hours a week of chaplaincy or pastoral care in a congregation or Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa.; Philhaven, Mt. Gretna, Pa.; Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa.; or Menno Haven, Chambersburg, Pa. Students will spend two days a month in the classroom processing their experiences.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program offers CPE level I and II and Supervisory CPE as an accredited center of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033 Tel: 404/320-1472, Fax: 404/320-0849