Quadrennial Clergy Ethics Training

Training will be offered virtually through the spring of 2021.

More details will be released by October 1 on the format and registration. Thank you for your patience. 

Registration is open for these upcoming dates:

Events begin at 9:30am and conclude at 3:15pm.

Staunton - St. John's UMC (Buena Vista): September 11, 2019
Arlington - Herndon UMC: November 19, 2019
Charlottesville - Culpeper UMC: February 5, 2020
Farmville (CANCELLED): April 29, 2020

Dr. Sondra Wheeler, longtime professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and an outstanding presenter, leads us this quadrennium in considering the role of "The Minister as Moral Theologian." Going beyond the mere "good behavior" of clergy, we'll look together at the deeper ethical aspects of being a ministry leader in a changing world. You won't want to miss the opportunity for meaningful reflection with a such a world-class scholar.

The events begin at 9:30am and conclude at 3:15pm. The registration fee of $20 includes lunch ($10 without the meal), and participants are awarded 0.5 CEU. Funding support may be obtained through the Ministerial Education Fund grants, available at www.vaumc.org/ClergyContinuingEducation

If you have additional questions, please contact the Board of Ordained Ministry's Ethics Committee and the Center for Clergy Excellence at ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org

Getting to know Dr. Wheeler
Dr. Sondra Wheeler is Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary. She earned her PhD at Yale University, and has taught at Wesley and in numerous other contexts for decades, inspiring and challenging her students. Her latest book is directly related to our topic this quadrennium, "The Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership" (Baker Academic, 2017). A companion volume, "Sustaining Ministry: Foundations and Practices for Serving Faithfully" will be published in November 2017.

Who is required to attend?
Quadrennial Clergy Ethics training is required in the VAUMC as ministerial leaders live out our shared commitment to the highest ideals of the Christian life. As a connectional church, we commit to doing this work together at least once every four years. Active clergy must participate in one session of Ethics Training between 2017 and 2021, and the course will be offered on every District over the four years, including at least one centrally-located Saturday session (particularly for bivocational clergy) in 2018.

If you were Licensed for Pastoral Ministry, or otherwise received your first appointment in Virginia, beginning July 1, 2017 - your participation in the Basic Ethics 101 and 102 courses exempts you from this required training. You are most welcome and we encourage you to attend if you are able.

Registration Policy
Please note that you may transfer your registration to a new date up to 7 calendar days prior to the event date you originally registered for. Participant materials and the catering order are confirmed one week prior to an event and your registration fee applied to those costs. If you need to change training dates within this 7-day window, please create a new registration record for the new date you plan to attend. Thank you for your understanding.