Clinical Pastoral Education

2022 Clinical Pastoral Education Residence

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program of professional education for ministry designed for clergy, faith group leaders, pastors, seminary/theological students, prospective chaplains, and committed lay people to develop their competence and effectiveness in providing pastoral/spiritual care. It also provides an opportunity to clarify and enhance one's personal pastoral identity.

CPE students serve as chaplains while learning from their experiences in a wide variety of clinical areas. By utilizing the clinical methods of learning, participants engage in direct pastoral/spiritual care with patients, families/loved ones, and staff. Students learn by reflecting on their experiences and applying what they learn in their ongoing ministry.

Covenant HealthCare is a licensed 650-bed healthcare facility. The program offers opportunities for students to engage their pastoral care and education in clinical areas such as cardiology, medical/surgical, rehabilitation, geriatrics, pediatrics, birth center, neonatal intensive care, birth center, oncology, dialysis, palliative care, and hospice.

Located in Saginaw, Michigan, near Midland and Bay City. The Tri-Cities offer a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities, including water sports, theaters, museums, art galleries, symphony orchestras, and many festivals and fairs. Learn more about Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region Great Lakes Bay Region Alliance.

What are the extraordinary outcomes after completing the CPE at Covenant HealthCare?

  • A greater awareness of one's identity and function as a minister
  • A greater integration of theology with the behavioral sciences in providing effective ministry
  • A heightened understanding of the needs of people and the ability to respond appropriately in a variety of situations
  • An enlarged capacity to evaluate one's ministry, including the use of the peer group and individual education for feedback
  • An increased ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing holistic care
  • Preparation for board certification

Our curriculum provides you with an extraordinary learning experience.
Besides direct ministry experience, CPE curriculum includes a variety of components to make your learning process extraordinary. The program includes:

  • Clinical case reviews
  • Didactic seminars
  • Individual education
  • Interpersonal relations group
  • Theological reflection

Three training modalities:

  • Resident Program, four CPE units, September 5, 2023 - August 30, 2023: $37,000/year plus benefits & No tuition fee, No Previous CPE Required
  • Extended Program, January 2, 2023 – May 18, 2023, $650 tuition
  • Intern Program Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, 12-weeks, 40 hrs./wk., non-stipend, $650 tuition fee

Who May Apply?

  • Clergy
  • Ministers
  • Faith Group Leaders
  • Members of religious orders
  • Theology/Seminary Students
  • Lay persons (eligible to apply for an extended 20-week unit)


  • Intern or Extended unit, previous ministry or spiritual care experience is preferred
  • Residency Program, M. Div. or equivalent degree.

How to Apply

  • Complete an ACPE application at CPE Application ( Send the application to
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee paid to "Covenant HealthCare,” address: Pastoral Care and Education Department, Covenant HealthCare; 1447 N. Harrison; Saginaw, MI 48602. For more information or to pay the application fee with a credit card please call 989.583.6042.

Covenant HealthCare’s Clinical Pastoral Education program is accredited for Level I and Level II CPE by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
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