Faith Formation For All Classes Begin October 6th

by Debbie Gline Allen


The classes offered through the Christian Educators’ Certification Program are open to ANYONE — lay persons, church staff persons, and authorized ministers — who want to further their education and understanding about the Bible, theology, and Christian practices in the United Church of Christ. Everyone of any age can expand their experiences in the Christian faith!

Three of the six classes are offered this program year:

Worship and Sacraments with Rev. Mary Luti is an overview of the worship tradition of the United Church of Christ, tracing its history back to early Christian practices, in particular Baptism and Communion.

Faith and Human Development with Nancy Sides is an overview of human development based on the work of Piaget, Erikson, and Gardner; and faith development based on the work of Fowler and Westerhoff.

Theories of Religious Education with Debbie Gline Allen is a discussion of what education, religious education, and Christian education are in relation to how and what we teach in our local congregations, with a focus on four specific religious education theories and how they can help us adapt to the cultural shifts and changes that are affecting today's congregations.

Visit for dates, locations, and to register.

Why should church education leaders become certified through the Massachusetts Conference?

  • Certification serves as a validation of your knowledge and experience as an educator.
  • You acquire access to a support system of peers and colleagues in ministry.
  • You gain access to best practices and resources for educational ministries.
  • You join other lay persons and church educators from southern New England in a spirit of learning, faith-building, and friendship.
  • The Certification Certificate will indicate that the educator has achieved a level of proficiency through knowledge, experience, and training.

Our first class, Worship and Sacraments, begins in Lynnfield on October 6th.
We hope you will join us!

Debbie Gline Allen

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