Professional Development

We all have to continue to grow, professionally and personally. Boundaries training is a requirement for all authorized ministers in the United Church of Christ. Associations also require CEUs (Continuing Education Units) as a form of professional accountability. These range from involvement in the wider Church, to independent study and workshops or classes. 




It is the responsibility of each person to complete 8 hours of Boundary Awareness Training every 5 years

Primary Module

(offered 4 times a year)


4 Hour  - Sexual Ethics (Both parts must be completed)

Part A     *2 Hour on-line study (Text Provided after Registration)

                        “Sustaining Ministry: Foundations and Practices                             for Serving Faithfully,” by Sondra Wheeler

Part B     *2 Hour in-person session 

                       Case Studies from participants

Dates For Online Study

     May 26 – June 9, 2020            (Register by May 13)

     August 17 – August 31, 2020  (Register by Aug. 5)

In-Person Sessions offered same day as Electives

     See Dates Below

Elective Modules  

(different options offered at each of the 4 sessions)


4 Hour  - Scheduled Same Day as Sexual Ethics pt. 2

Electives are 2 hours each

2 electives are offered each session (with Sexual Ethics)

Electives vary from session to session


June 16, 2020 (Tuesday)

Due to Covid 19, this event will be held on Zoom

9:30 – 11:30 Clergy Sexual Ethics Part B

12:30 – 2:30 Ethics in Finance

12:30 – 2:30 Ethics for Active Retired Clergy

2:45 – 4:45   Safe Church


September 17, 2020 (Thursday)

Due to Covid 19, this event will be held on Zoom

9:30 – 11:30 Clergy Sexual Ethics Part B

12:30 – 2:30 Ethics and Social / Digital Media

2:45 – 4:45   Cultural Competency




Be sure to check with your Association for specific requirements and any opportunities not listed.

CEU Opportunities

1. Wider Church Participation

  • Association Meetings (1.5 units each)

  • Annual Gathering (2.5 units per day)

  • Church and Ministry Committee (1 unit per meeting)

  • Cohort Groups (1 unit per meeting)

  • Association sponsored clergy groups (1 unit per meeting)

2. Independent Study

  • Webinars (1 unit per hour)

  • Books relevant to ministry (1 unit per any length book)

  • Movies related to ministry (1 unit per any length movie)
    Books or Movies should include a personal statement of how it relates to your ministry. 

3. Workshops & Classes

  • Educational Retreats (1 unit/contact hour)

  • Preaching Festivals (1 unit/contact hour)

  • Outside Workshops/Classes (1 unit/contact hour) (including Boundary Training other than Sexual Ethics)

CEU Opportunities / Examples

General Synod

Annual Gathering of the Southern California Nevada Conf.

Association Meetings

Chapman University Founders Day

Outdoor Ministry - Safe Camp Training

UCC O&A Coalition Webinars


Peppermint Ridge

(626) 798-8082

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1254
Claremont, CA 91711

Physical Address:

233 Harrison Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711