Rev. Dr. Lisa Taylor
I was allowed to merge my Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) process and my Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in Professional Education and Leadership, into one program, which created a hybrid kind of program. My Director of Pastoral Services and ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Dr. Karl Van Harn believes that ACPE’s model is experiential learning, so the theories come out of the experience. Additionally, my ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Kathy Bird DeYoung supervised me during part of my D.Min process. She witnessed how my dissertation, “Soul Work in the Transformative Process in Clinical Pastoral Education,” helped me identify, develop, practice, and experiment with my theories, which impacted my supervisory best practices and my students’ learning and transformation.
Attending Ecumenical Theological Seminary, ETS, gave me an edge for a few reasons. The CPE D.Min Program focused on the seven ACPE CEC training outcomes, offered a year’s credit for the work that we have already done as CECs in our residency program or certification process, enables you to obtain a D.Min in two years instead of three, provides flexibility, and allows you to meet and engage with other CECs and educators. In the CEC process, I have often heard, “Trust the process,” in which I would reply, “I can’t trust the process, but I can live into it.” Through my experience at ETS and the certification process, I have come to realize that I am the process. I am being renewed and transformed. Moreover, even though I share the process with other CECs, my journey is unique and specific to me. I would encourage other CECs to consider merging your CEC process with the D.Min at ETS. I would also encourage certified educators to consider pursuing their D.Min at ETS. You have already done the work, so why not be rewarded twice?