Certification Program for Christian Educators & Faith Formation Classes For All


The classes offered through the Christian Educators’ Certification Program are open to ANYONE — both lay persons and authorized ministers who want to further their education and understanding about faith formation in the 21st Century.

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Faith Formation Classes for All:

        are the classes that comprise the Christian Educator Certification Program and are offered to anyone from a local congregation who is interested in furthering his/her knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and the work of the Church. If the student is not interested in Christian Educator Certification, he/she need only to choose one of the classes or as many as desired. No certificate is granted; however, the student may request official documentation of his/her participation in a class or classes.

 

The Christian Educators Certification Program:

        is for church leaders and local church educators who wish to develop skills for creating and/or leading a progressive, comprehensive, and exceptional faith formation ministry in their local churches. Church educators are persons who may serve in the role of church school superintendent, director/coordinator of Christian education, pastor, other authorized minister, and/or church school teacher, for instance. The Certification Certificate, presented at the completion of the program (see Frequently Asked Questions below for details) will indicate that the educator has achieved a certain level of proficiency as a church educator that is recognized by the Massachusetts Conference UCC.

2017-2018 Class Offerings

 

I. United Church of Christ History, Polity, & Identity

November 4, 2017 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA  or
December 9, 2017
at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​

Description: An overview of the birth, structures, functions, and beliefs of the United Church of Christ to aid church leaders in choosing resources that fit the ideology of their congregations. **Does not meet MID requirements for UCC history & polity.

Instructor:  Rev. Jonathan New, Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship & Financial Development, MACUCC

 

II.  Old and New Testament

March 3, 2018 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA or
March 24, 2018
at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​

Description: An overview of the formation, contents, structure, and flow of the Bible.

Instructor:  Rev. Don Remick, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

 

III. Basics in Christian Education & Administration

April 7, 2018 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA or
April 21, 2018
at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​

Description: The foundation, purposes, practices, and coordination of effective local church faith formation programs.

Instructor:  Corey Lincoln, Christian Education Director, Pilgrim Church UCC,                              Sherborn, MA

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Who may take these classes?

Any lay person or authorized minister in the Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island Conferences, and beyond who wishes to further his/her education and understanding of faith formation.

 

  • Where are the class sessions held?

There are two locations for you to choose from for each class offered:
Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA <centre-church.org>
or Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton, MA <edwardschurchnorthampton.org>

 

  • Do I have to attend the class at both locations?

No; just choose the location and/or date that is most convenient for you for each class offered.

  • How long is each class?

Each class begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., with an optional BYO bag lunch time for further discussion with the instructor and classmates.

 

  • What is the cost?

     Individual session:  $45 each;  one year of 3 classes:  $125

     We encourage the local church to cover the cost of their participant as a show of support for this training.

  • Can I attend these courses via web conferencing?

 Yes! Just select that option when you register. However we strongly recommend that you attend the classes in person, if you are able, to gain the most from face to face contact with the instructors and students.

 

  • Do I have to complete the CE Certification Program or can I just take one or a few classes?

 All classes are open to both those who are pursuing CE Certification and all others who are interested in only a specific class or classes. CE Certification is an option for those who desire to complete the two years of classes.

  • What is required for Christian Educator Certification?
  1. Minimum 1 year experience in the field of Christian Education (time during           participation in certification program included),
  2. Completion of all Massachusetts Conference UCC Certification courses:
  3. UCC History, Polity, and Identity
  4. Old Testament & New Testament
  5. Basics in Christian Education & Administration
  6. Worship & Sacraments
  7. Theories of  Religious Education
  8. Human and Faith Development
  9. Curriculum Resources (taken at Super Saturday
  10. Safe Church Policies (taken at Super Saturday
  11. Racial Justice Training (available at various locations/dates throughout Massachusetts) 
  12. Plus two electives offered at Super Saturdays and/or the New England Association of United Church Educators Conference 
  13.   Participation in a MACUCC CE Community of Practice 
  14.   Membership in the Association of United Church Educators 

 

  • How do I keep track of my completed Certification requirements?

Click here to download the form, which will also serve as your application for certification at the end of the program. 

  • After completing the Certification requirements, what happens next?

   The Christian Educator Certification Task Team will review your application for certification, confirm that you have met the requirements, and if accepted, you will be invited to attend the luncheon at  Annual Meeting in June (at no cost) to be presented with your certificate. (If you choose to attend the entire Annual Meeting, you or your church will be responsible for those fees less the cost of the luncheon.)

 

  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Debbie Gline Allen, Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant at glineallend@macucc.org or call 508-603-6011.

 

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