Clinical Pastoral Education Distance Learning Collaborative

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Distance Learning Collaborative

Building Collaboration Between the CRC and the RCA

Man Praying in Church

This CPE program is offered to pastors from both CRC and RCA churches in communities throughout the United States and Canada. Two communities each year will be identified and a group of six pastors in each community will learn and work together in congregational ministries.

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

 

Communities Served

  • New Brunswick, New Jersey: October 2016 – March 2017
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: May 2017 – September 2017
  • Paramount, California: November 2017 – March 2018
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota: June 2018 – November 2018

Pine Rest CPE program serves as an excellent forum for Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and Reformed Church in America (RCA) seminary students, ministerial candidates, and congregational pastors to learn together, work together, and support each other in ministry. Pine Rest, the CRC, the RCA, their seminaries, and their directors of ministerial candidacy are collaborating to achieve the following outcomes:

• Improve the lives of parishioners in CRC/RCA churches through improved pastoral leadership and pastoral care skills of the clergy.
• Develop close bonds of friendship and collegiality between RCA/CRC clergy that can lead to improved denominational collaboration.
• Reduce clergy turnover through improved self-care and self-awareness.

Prerequisite: One year in an accredited seminary, or other accredited college or university theological program, or equivalent experience in a ministry setting, a completed application, and an admission interview.

Application fee: $50
Please submit your application along with a check or money order for $50 payable to “Pine Rest CPE.” (Application may be sent electronically, but will not be processed until the $50 fee is received.)

Tuition: $600
Participants are encouraged to use continuing education funds from their congregations, classes, or denomination. Need-based scholarships are available for seminarians.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has been providing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for 45 years. CPE helps pastors and seminarians develop pastoral care skills, self-awareness, and spiritual leadership. Pine Rest’s program is nationally accredited .

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is designed to train participants in pastoral care ministry through:
• Active engagement in ministry for at least 16 hours per week
• Reflection on ministry experience
• Assimilation of learning into ongoing ministry

Opportunities for clinical reflections occur in:
• Group settings
• Individual supervision
• Seminars with professionals from other disciplines

The CPE program offers seminars about pastoral care as well as experiential learning. A key program component is the time spent in small group discussions. Led by a CPE Supervisor, participants discuss their ministry interactions, what they are learning about themselves and their ministry, and their understanding of the pastor’s leadership role in the congregation. These sessions create strong often lifelong bonds with others in the program.

Rev. Grace Miguel Cipriano
Associate Director of Formation for Ministry
Western Theological Seminary
grace@westernsem.edu
616.392.8555 Ext. 154

Rev. Ecko DeVries
Chaplain, Spectrum Health
Retired Minister of the CRC
eckopat@att.net
616.949.3227

Rev. Kathy Bird DeYoung
CPE Supervisor
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
kathy.birddeyoung@pinerest.org
616.281.6363 Ext. 2831

Rev. David Koll
Director of Candidacy
Christian Reformed Church in North America
dkoll@crcna.org
616.901.7784

Rev. Dr. Cornelis Kors
Executive Director
Ministerial Formation Certification Agency
Reformed Church in America
ckors@rca.org
562.408.2520

Rev. Dr. Faye Taylor
Acting Director of Field Education
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
ftaylor@nbts.edu
732.247.5241 Ext. 118

Rev. Geoff Vandermolen
Director of Vocational Formation
Calvin Theological Seminary
gav016@calvinseminary.edu
616.957.6045

Rev. Dr. Karl Van Harn
Director of Pastoral Services & CPE
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
karl.vanharn@pinerest.org
616.281.6363 Ext. 2902

Rev. Karl VanHarnSupervisor
Rev. Karl Van Harn, DMin
Director of Pastoral Services & Clinical Pastoral Education
Karl is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, an experienced pastor and chaplain, and an ACPE Supervisor.

Since 1970, Pine Rest has been accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
404.320.1472

Rev. Karl Van Harn, Director
Department of Pastoral Services & CPE
616.281.6363 ext. 2902
karl.vanharn@pinerest.org

 

Carolyn Dykstra, Administrative Asst.
Pastoral Services Department
616.281.6363 ext. 2566
carolyn.dykstra@pinerest.org

 

Mailing Address:
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
P.O. Box 165
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0165

“I learned so much about myself and my functioning as a pastor.” — CPE Student

“I count my CPE experience as one of the most important experiences I had while at seminary.” CPE Student

“Through Pine Rest CPE I developed my pastoral identity with meaning and depth; it has brought me alive in my ministry, identity and work.” — CPE Student