Redesign Implementation Team Update

By Amy Greene, Chair  |  February 27, 2017

The ACPE Organizational Redesign Implementation Team (RIT) continues its work to put form to the functions and governance structure approved by the membership in November. 

The RIT met in January to begin the process determining an approach to implementation and tackling the challenge of transition from existing to new. You can read the highlights from that meeting here. The RIT addressed each body of governance – board, commissions and committees – creating a draft charge for each and a draft process for the transition of existing governance groups to the new structure, and developing a draft process for initiating the new committees. 

Members of the RIT are each serving on subcommittees for each of the areas of governance. These subcommittees are continuing to work on the charges/purpose statements for each commission and committee. They are examining in detail what the first and next steps are to begin the re-/formation of the committees and commissions. There is much thought going into doing this work well. The subcommittees, where appropriate, are reaching out to others for information and input. The goal is presentation of these changes and, where necessary, implementation of some groups prior to the May meeting in Minneapolis.
  • The Advocacy Subcommittee has clarified three specific areas that will provide focus to the committee’s work: (1) advocacy for CPE, ACPE, and spiritual care within centers; (2) advocacy with governmental and regulatory agencies in ways that advance the mission of ACPE; and (3) exploring when ACPE should make public statements of issues of concern to members and/or join with other organizations to address public policy and/or social issues. (For example, if the state of Georgia proposes a “religious freedom” bill, should the association make a statement or sign onto a statement by other organizations?)
  • The Research Subcommittee met with George Fitchett and Wendy Cadge, hoping to build on the work of their Transforming Chaplaincy project. The goal is to encourage requests for proposals for research that advance clinical pastoral education, not necessarily chaplaincy programs. This committee will work closely with the Foundation for ACPE to explore funding options.
  • The Professional Ethics Subcommittee has the most unique term of any commission - 5 years for commission members. In light of that change, the subcommittee did not want to assume that current members would automatically want to serve for such a span. They looked at how to help form a new commission, inviting all current members to apply, and they expect formal ethics training as well as ethics commission training as requirements for serving on this commission.
  • The Finance and Audit Subcommittee met to consider our current revenue structure and how to migrate to a new model. They began by establishing four principles for the process: (1) simplicity, (2) fairness, (3) “explain-ability” (to both our members and the places we serve), and (4) sufficiency (as in, we have sufficient revenue to meet our expenses and advance our mission).
  • The Certification, Accreditation and Curriculum/Educational Resources Subcommittees have not yet convened.
The RIT will convene again in 3-4 weeks; in the meantime, subcommittees will continue their work.



Redesign Implementation Team
Thank you to the ACPE members serving on the team!

Amy Greene, Chair
Cleveland, OH

Kathy Gallivan, Co-Chair
Boston, MA

David Carl
Charlotte, NC

Robert Hartmann
Saint Louis, MO

Steve Ivy
Indianapolis, IN

Bridget Piggue

Atlanta, GA

Robert Renix
Washington, DC

Brenda Simonds
Arcadia, CA

Sarah Knoll Sweeny

Houston, TX

Kathy Turner
Seattle, WA