Clergy Continuing Education

In the United Methodist Church, all clergy in full time appointments (deacons, elders, associate members, and full time local pastors who have completed their educational requirements) are required to earn an average of two (2) CEUs each calendar year or a minimum of eight (8) over the course of a quadrennium (4 years). Part time Local Pastors who have completed their educational requirements are expected to earn one (1) CEU per year or four (4) per quadrennium. Clergy enrolled in college, seminary or graduate school are not required to earn additional credits while they are students.

Clergy members of other denominations/churches participating in the Upper Room programs also have CEU requirements.  

Earning CEUs through the Walk to Emmaus

Clergy in full time appointments and part time local pastors who have completed their educational requirements can earn:

  • A minimum of four tenths (0.4) of a CEU for participating in a Clergy Training session organized by the Upper Room Ministries
  • One (1) CEU for participating in a two days training event (Clergy Training and Leadership Development Event) organized by the Upper Room Ministries
  • Three (3) CEUs for participating as a pilgrim in a 72 hours Walk, Journey – Only time spent in the conference room is taken into consideration