Continuing Education – Rostered Leaders

ELCIC’S Professional Leadership
Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

Equipping, Challenging, Refreshing Professional Leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) encourages high standards for its professional leaders. The Continuing Education Plan (CEP) of the ELCIC, under the direction of the Program Committee for Leadership for Ministry (PCLM), offers the means by which pastors, diaconal ministers, and lay professional leaders may:

  • Develop present knowledge and skills
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Experience growth for more effective ministry.

A seperate account is maintained for each individual, where member contributions, employer/congregation contributions and education disbursements are recorded.

Continuing education can be done through workshops, classes, retreats, guided groups, individual coaching and spiritual direction. Whatever the format; continuing education should be planned to further an individual’s goal for ministry and to serve the congregation or agency’s goals for mission. Learn more about the CEP policy.

Members of the CEP plan are eligible to apply for Long Term Study grants for study towards an advanced degree. Applications are due January 15 each year.



CEP – Short Term Study Form PDF
Please note that receipts (including meals, accommodations and vehicle expenses) and/or course registrations are now required for any reimbursements. Please indicate on the second form what skills are being  addressed by the continuing education, and include it with your other documents.**  Forms must be signed by your employer and the Bishop before the Synod office faxes them to Group Services. You may scan and email your signed documents and receipts to


The CEP program is administered through Group Services Inc. Further information on the program, can be found on their website.