Each year, there will be three primary events: the Winter Cohort Retreat (Cohort members only), the Spring Retreat (open to all), and The Center for Continuing Education (open to all). Check back here regularly for the most up-to-date information on our events.

Early Career and Senior Clergy Cohort

The Early Career and Senior Career Clergy Cohort brings together early career clergy (second through seventh year) with senior career clergy (more than ten years in ministry). Prior to the Winter Retreat, senior career clergy will be trained in mentoring while early career clergy conduct self-assessments. This two-day event will include worship, breakout sessions, and plenary speakers.

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Annual Spring Retreat

The Annual Spring/Summer Retreat is open to members of the cohort and the public at large. The Spring/Summer Retreat addresses questions in 21st-century ministry. In light of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Retreat The Church and Race will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The 2021 Retreat  will focus on Rural Ministry. How does ministry thrive in rural communities? What can everyone learn from the rural community and from rural ministry? Where can the rural community and ministry grow? Scholarships are available.

Future topics of retreats will be: Women in Ministry, Diversity in Ministry, Ministerial Self-Care, and Reviving Mission.

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The Center for Continuing Education 

The Continuing Education Center opportunities are offered throughout the year. From two-hour lectures to semester-long courses, online in in the classroom, everyone can find something to further their ministry through the IECCD.  IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL  CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE VIA ZOOM.  Scholarships are available specifically to rural and small-member church pastors to support of their ministries.

Continuing Education: Rural Christian Formation

In this class, students will learn and practice leadership skills that will equip and empower communities toward sustainable ministries.

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