Nazarene ministers are asked to complete at least 20 hours of lifelong learning each year. The goal of this Manual requirement is to establish and perpetuate a culture of learning fueled by a passion for effectiveness and excellence in making Christ-like disciples in the nations. Lifelong learning involves participating in opportunities that contribute significantly to the development of their abilities and understanding as a minister of the gospel. Conferences, district training seminars, continuing education courses from educational institutions or professional groups, webcasts, reading a professional journal, and joining others in reading and discussing a book are examples of activities that qualify as lifelong learning. Such activities qualify whether accessed online or attended in person.
Ministers: You’ll now SELF-REPORT your lifelong learning hours via the Lifelong Learning Registry available from your computer, tablet or phone.
A Lifelong Learning event does not have to be religious in nature; however, each learning opportunity in which a minister participates should contribute meaningfully to his or her overall development plan. Report your lifelong learning hours as pertaining to one of the following four categories:
- Content – the biblical, theological, and historical knowledge necessary for ministry;
- Competency – the development of skills for ministry;
- Character – the strengthening and enriching of the minister as a person; and
- Context – the deepening of the understanding of the ministry environment
Links to Resources & Training
- User Guide and FAQ’s on LLH
- 2017 “How To” Guide for using the Learning Registry (Coming Soon)
- Register/Login to the Learning Registry
- Guidelines for Credit and Reporting of Hours
- Additional Info at the General Church’s Lifelong Learning Webpage
- Additional District FAQs on Lifelong Learning Hours