April 2012
Consultation B&W
ACPE e-News
A publication of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Proposed Governance Update

The governance committee has had its first meeting to discuss the feedback received from you and our lawyer, Mark Burnette.  Mark joined the governance committee on the phone call and answered questions related to his feedback.  This was a helpful conversation and discussion.  Our process going forward will be as follows:


  • The governance committee has been given until June 30 to complete its work.
  • The governance committee will report back to the Board of Representatives in its July Conference Call meeting.
  • Our lawyer will review the governance proposal.
  • An online town hall meeting will be held in August (date TBD) to give you an opportunity to discuss the governance proposal and share your questions/concerns.
  • The governance proposal will be shared with you at your fall regional meetings.
  • Your Regional Representatives will bring your feedback to the Board of Representatives meeting in November in Atlanta.
  • Deryck and I will meet with the lawyer to discuss By-Laws changes.
  • An online town hall meeting will be held in January to give one final opportunity to engage the proposal.
  • By-Laws changes will be posted on the ACPE website in February.
  • Vote on By-Laws changes will be held at the Annual Conference in May, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Please forward your feedback to John Roch in the National Office.
In This Issue
Proposed Governance Update
ACPE Presidential Election
Accreditation Commission
National Conference Survey
ACPE Academy
Other Educational Opportunities
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Deryck Durston

Managing Editor

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ACPE Presidential Election
Tim Thorstenson
Tim Thorstenson
David Johnson
David C. Johnson

In last month's issue of the ACPE News we asked our readers to submit questions for the ACPE presidential candidates to answer.  Below are the questions selected this month.





"I have heard about an ACPE merger with APC (Association of Professional Chaplains).  I would like the presidential candidates to tell us whether they want to see such a merger.  

And why or why not?"

-Jill Rasmussen-Baker, Associate Supervisor, 

Mount Carmel Health System Clinical Pastoral Education, Columbus, OH


David Johnson's Response

Tim Thorstenson's Response



"What would you most like to change about the ACPE and what would you most like to keep the same?"

-Deryck Durston, ACPE Interim Executive Director


Tim Thorstenson's Response

David Johnson's Response



We want to hear from you!

What do you want to know about your ACPE presidential candidates? What questions do you want them to answer? What do you want them to have thought about?


Send your questions to John Roch, Assistant Editor. Over the next few issues of the e-Newsletter, the candidates will answer questions submitted by YOU!


You will also have a chance to interact with candidates during an online town hall meeting later this summer. The election will conclude with electronic voting in August. Make sure to read the e-Newsletter for more election details!

The following actions were completed during a March conference call of the Accreditation Commission:  March 2012 Accreditation Actions

National Conference Survey

National Conference Survey


The ACPE wants to know what you want from our national conferences.  What are you likes? Dislikes?  Suggestions?


The Southwest Region polled its members last month.  The results were so beneficial we decided to survey the entire ACPE membership. 


Please take a few minutes to complete the National Conference Survey.  And if you are a Southwest Region Member who already provided feedback...thank you!


We look forward to hearing from you!

Academy for Continuing Education 

Gary Sartain, Academy Coordinator


The ACPE Academy for Continuing Education is organized to meet the following educational needs of the ACPE membership:

  • The Leadership Forum - for ACPE leadership, board, commission, committee members
  • The Center for Management Studies - for pastoral leaders and ACPE Supervisors serving as department heads, program managers, senior staff
  • The Center for the Teaching and Supervisory Arts - for Supervisory Education Students, ACPE Supervisors, Field Educators, Pastors, and Pastoral Theologians


Visit the website to see 2012's schedule and start registering

Announcements / Educational Opportunities



Calvin Runnels Memorial Scholarship 


19th International Congress on Palliative Care - Call for Abstracts\


Summer Institute on Theology and Disability 


Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Webinars


National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Audio Conferences