Clinical Pastoral Education | Distance Learning Clinical Pastoral Education

Frequently Asked Questions


This CPE program is offered to pastors from both CRC and RCA churches throughout the United States and Canada. A cohort of six pastors is selected to meet via video conference twice weekly for three hours each session for four to five months. Participants must have a ministry site at which they work at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the program in order to meet the clinical work requirements for ACPE credit.

Pine Rest will provide CPE seminars, group sharing and personal supervision through distance learning technology via a digital platform developed for the project.

Since 1970, Pine Rest has been accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
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  • One year of theological education in an accredited seminary or equivalent experience in a ministry setting.
  • Completed application plus a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  • Admission interview with a qualified interviewer.
  • Your application is very personal and confidential. Only the Supervisor of CPE and/or supervisory staff assigned will read your application.

Tuition: $1,000 for CRC and RCA members; $2,000 for non-CRC and non-RCA members.

Participants are encouraged to use continuing education funds from their congregations, classes or denomination.

Links to both the brochure and application are located here.

Completed applications, along with the $75.00 non-refundable application fee, should be mailed to: ATTN: Pastoral Services & CPE, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Attention Pastoral Services, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548.

An application and brochure about Pine Rest’s program can also be emailed to you, if you prefer. Please email or call 616.281.6363 x2566 if you have questions.

For additional information and/or application, please contact Carolyn Dykstra at 616.281.6363 x2566.