It shall be the privilege and duty of every member, who can afford it, to subscribe for the periodicals which are the organs of this Church; and it shall be the duty of the Directors to see that these periodicals are ably edited and kept abreast of the times.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church,
Article VIII, Section 14
For a number of years I was a litigation attorney, and I found continuing education to be not only an expectation but also a beneficial support to anyone practicing law. We were encouraged and sometimes required to attend conferences and courses in areas pertaining to our field of practice in order to keep abreast of the latest developments, research, and applications of law. There were many legal publications with articles on various questions of law and practice, as well as analyses of specific cases, how they were argued, and the judicial decisions that resulted. We were also encouraged to share what we had learned in our daily research and application of the law in order to benefit others. Those who took advantage of these many different forms of continuing education commented on how much it strengthened their practice.
Medical doctors, therapists, nurses, counselors, teachers, and many other professionals all have the same need and opportunity for continuing education.