Continuing Education

The Great Plains Conference is committed to having clergy who are life-long learners. We believe that the life of a clergyperson is a spiritual journey of renewal and excellence in Jesus Christ. The responsibility of a clergyperson is to continue in study beyond the educational requirements for his/her clergy status (¶323.1a, b; 334.2d) and to demonstrate growth in professional competence and effectiveness.

This life-long learning is twofold: spiritual formation and professional development.

  • Spiritual formation is the intentional pursuit of the nourishment and renewal of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the use of spiritual disciplines.
  • Professional development is the intentional growth of professional identity and the skills utilized in ministry that will enhance the effectiveness and excellence of the clergyperson. 

Conference-sponsored continuing education events will be posted here as they arise. If you have questions about continuing education, contact the Rev. Nancy Lambert, director of Clergy Excellence, at nlambert@greatplainsumc.org or 402-464-5994, ext 126.

Read more about the Great Plains continuing education policy.

Continuing Education Report (fillable PDF)


View the new continuing education opportunity, Clergy Community of Practice groups.