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Center for Integrative Pastoral Practice

Clinical Pastoral Education
Our exclusive online program
providing Pastors the opportunity to
develop their skills from anywhere.

There is a sacred trust that allows pastors into the vulnerable moments of life. Precious few people are invited into struggles with addiction, medical diagnoses, tragedy or spiritual crises. As COVID isolates people and amplifies distress, Clinical Pastoral Education offers the most trusted and tried means to develop pastoral care practices that are skilled, self-aware, and refined. 

Through our years-long tested online format, you engage in group and individual supervision with an ACPE certified educator, for your own ministry context so that you can be the best pastor possible to the people in your care.

There are two things every congregation consistently asks of their pastor–can they preach and will they be there for me when I am in need? Congregations are eager to invest in the most reliable method to improve pastoral care quality and pastoral well-being.

– Rev. Dr. Soomee Kim, ACPE Certified Educator

In order to qualify, whether looking to develop their skills as a pastor in their own context or as someone pursuing CPE units for certification as a chaplain, prospective students must be engaged in at least 20 hours of pastoral care or congregational ministry per week. There is an application fee of $50 and tuition for the unit is $3500. 

Soon, we will begin accepting applications for 2022 programs. Reserved for Pastors, ministry candidates, and lay persons interested in providing pastoral care; candidates will be selected based on their preparedness to walk with people during the most difficult moments of their life.

Check back in late 2021 for information on spring 2022 programs.

Program Highlights:

  • Complete CPE certification requirements in your ministry context, without the need to serve in a chaplaincy setting
  • We use the applicants’ ministry settings for their “clinical assignments” so that they don’t have to add extra 300 hours of ministry
  • Group and individual instruction conducted online; accessible for those residing far from traditional CPE centers
  • Accredited by the ACPE —
    the highest standard for spiritual care and education
  • Fulfills CPE unit for certification as a chaplain or as required by your Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
  • All faculty members are ACPE Certified 

This interfaith program focuses on formation through self-awareness and empathy, granting capacity to engage and shepherd people with spiritual guidance during the most difficult times of their lives.

– Rev. Mike Baughman

Center for Integrative Pastoral Practice

The Center for Integrative Pastoral Practice (CIPP) extends opportunities for chaplaincy education by offering hybrid, community-based Clinical Pastoral Education. CIPP is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) and offer Level I and Level II CPE programs by the ACPE Certified Educators. 

ACPE is the premier, Department of Education-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. 

If you have any questions or for more information on our Clinical Pastoral Education program, please contact the Rev. Dr. Soomee Kim at skim@gbhem.org.

We are able to offer a limited number of additional slots to our fall cohorts. Please apply ASAP.

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