Clinical Pastoral Education

UMC has partnered with the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) to provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) to local ministers and lay people who would like to be trained as a chaplain or spiritual care provider. If you are interested in professional settings such as healthcare (hospitals, hospice centers, psychiatric wards), prisons or correction agencies, the military, police/fire departments, business, or other clinical field settings, then you will need more than an ecclesiastical endorsement or ordination. Most require CPE training.

UMC will serve as a clinical site for the CPE student. ICPT will provide online accredited* CPE classes. Learn more about CPE at

Upon satisfactorily completing a unit of CPE, UMC will provide a scholarship that will reimburse the student for their tuition.

Upcoming deadlines to sign up:

  • Spring 2024 unit deadline is March 1, 2024
  • Summer 2024 unit deadline is May 31, 2024
  • Fall 2024 unit deadline is August 30, 2024

For more information, please contact Larry Cothrin at, or call 806.775.8672.

*The Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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