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(Updated) Board of Ordained Ministry Decisions to Support Candidates

** UPDATE (5/13/2020):  The Board of Ordained Ministry Leadership has heard from several candidates and advocates of candidates concerned that our CPE requirement will prevent them from applying for commissioning this October because so many CPE programs are shut down. Therefore, the Board Executive Committee voted that the Board of Ordained Ministry will NOT require candidates to take CPE in order to apply for provisional membership and commissioning for the 2020-2021 application year.

The Board does not want to penalize candidates during this extraordinary time by requiring CPE when it will be nearly impossible for them to fulfill the requirement due to the shutdown of programs.


The California-Pacific Conference Board of Ordained Ministry recently made the following decisions in light of our current public health situation:

  1. Psychological Assessments – During this time, Samaritan Counseling Center may perform Psychological Assessments safely using the HIPPA approved secure connection Telehealth. 
  2. CPE – During this time, many CPE courses have been postponed.  If a candidate shows proof that their CPE was postponed due to COVID-19 by our application date of October 7, 2020, the Board will extend the deadline to June 1, 2021 to complete their one unit ACPE course. See the update above. 
  3. Pass/Fail – During this time, we recognize that some candidates are trying to continue with their course work while trying to home school and also care for parents or grandparents.  We have made an exception to our rule which requires letter grades for required courses (i.e. the Basic Graduate Theological Studies) and  allow students to take required courses during the Spring 2020 semester or quarter on a pass/fail basis instead of a letter grade, if they choose.