Certificate Program in Faith Formation & Youth Ministries


We offer a rolling registration,
which will open for the 2020-2021 program year 
later in the summer.

 

Congratulations to the 2019 CE Certification Recipients: 
Sherry Clark, Cindy Tolin, Debbie Gline Allen - (historic) MACUCC Associate for Faith Formation & Youth Ministries - and Deb Raymond, shown above
and (not shown) Kelsey DeCarlo, Sarah Fuller, and Martha Guiid

Read more about them here.

 

What is the Faith Formation Leadership Program?
This program is offered as both a Certificate program and as a series of classes that may be taken as stand-alone opportunities for those only interested in certain topics. Specific information about the classes is found below in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

While designed for the new Southern New England conferences (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut), anyone outside of the United Church of Christ and southern New England may participate with the understanding that the focus will be on ministry within a United Church of Christ congregation.

Our Mission, Goals, & Objectives
 

Who is this program for?
The classes offered through the Faith Formation Leadership Program are open to both lay leaders and authorized ministers who wish to further their education and understanding about faith formation in the 21st Century.

** Please note that these classes do not meet requirements for ordination.


Quick Links

 

Classes

Click here for class descriptions & instructor bios.

  • Students may begin the program with any class in either Year A or Year B.
  • Classes in green are part of the Youth Ministry Leader Track.
  • Classes in blue are part of the Christian Formation Leader Track.
  • Classes in black are for both Tracks.


Onsite classes are held in Worcester, MA at Hadwen Park Congregational Church

(6 Clover St.)

**Video conferenced (Zoom) classes are held first, and onsite classes will be held in 2021. However, the onsite classes will be held via Zoom if state guidelines still call for meeting remotely.
 

2020-2021 Program Year (3 contact hours each)

  • Boundary Awareness Training for Lay Persons
         Instructors: Rev. Greg Morrise & Debbie Gline Allen, C.M.C.F.
         October 17, 2020 (Zoom) OR March 13, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Making Disciples — Theories and Practices for the 21st Century
         Instructor: Dr. Joshua Lunde-Whitler
         November 7, 2020 (Zoom) OR February 6, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Youth Ministry 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
         Instructors: Rev. Dave Stambaugh and Becky Stambaugh
         November 14, 2020 (Zoom) OR February 27, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Networking in Youth Ministry — Resources & Social Media
         Instructors: Debby Kirk & Lauren Dube
         January 9, 2020 (Zoom) OR February 20, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Developing Faith — Ages and Stages
         Instructor: Nancy Sides
         January 23, 2020 (Zoom) OR March 27, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Faith Formation 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
         Instructor: Karen Ziel, C.M.C.F.
         January 30, 2021 (Zoom) OR April 24, 2021 (Onsite or Zoom if needed)
  • Living into the Mystery — Worship and Sacraments in the UCC - TBA

 

2021-2022 Program Year (3 contact hours each)

  • Youth Ministry 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
  • Faith Formation 101 —Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
  • Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story
  • Serving Together - Mission for All Ages
  • ​Exploring the UCC - Our History, Our Beliefs, Our Identity
  • Exploring Curriculum Resources
  • Boundary Awareness Training for Lay Persons


Classes (Workshops) Offered at Super Saturday
 (1.5 to 2 contact hours each)
               Choose October 24 or 31, 2020 (via Zoom)
               March 2021 on a Saturday to be announced

  • Creating Safe Environments — Policies and Practices    
  • Racial Justice


Frequently Asked Questions

Who may take these classes?
Both lay persons and authorized ministers who wish to further their education and understanding about faith formation in the 21st Century: congregational leaders such as church educators, youth ministry leaders, Sunday School teachers, Confirmation leaders, ministers of faith formation, youth ministers, pastors, Members in Discernment, interested lay persons — anyone who is passionate about nurturing disciples of all ages effectively. This program is specifically designed for TA1 participants; however, anyone outside of the UCC and southern New England may participate with the understanding that the focus will be on ministry within a United Church of Christ congregation.

Where are the onsite class sessions held?
Hadwen Park Congregational Church UCC, 6 Clover St., Worcester, MA

Can I attend these core classes 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 attend the core class both onsite and via video conference?
No; just choose the location and/or date that is most convenient for you for each class offered.

If I attend most of the core classes onsite, can I take one via video conference if I need to (and vice versa)?
Yes. Both types of classes are offered to allow you to take the class even if you cannot travel to the onside location. But as stated above, 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.

What if I am unfamiliar with how to use Zoom (the video conferencing platform)?
Students who wish to participate in a tutorial on how to use Zoom video conferencing are invited to click on the link provided at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the class to become familiar with how to use it and ask questions. If you would like to view a brief video overview, click here.

Is there a required order for taking classes?
No; participants may begin the program with any class session.

What is the structure of each core class session?
Each onsite class session begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. with introductions, announcements, and prayer. Students are to arrive at 8:15 a.m. for coffee, refreshments, and a bio break. The class session itself begins at 9:00 a.m.

Each video conference class session begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. with introductions, announcements, and prayer. Students are to be online by 8:15 a.m. in order to allow for solving any technical issues that may arise. A video conference tutorial is available at 8:00 a.m. for those new to the Zoom video conferencing platform. The class itself begins at 9:00 a.m.

How long is each core class?
Each class begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

Who are the instructors?
Class instructors are ministers or lay persons who are considered experts in their specific educational ministry.

What is the cost of the core classes?
Individual session: $45 
One year of 4 classes: $165

We encourage the local church to cover the cost of their participant as a show of support for their ministry. For those taking the classes as part of the Certificate Program, we also encourage the participant’s local church to cover the costs of the membership in the Association of United Church Educators (AUCE), attendance at Super Saturday, and/or at the (NEAUCE) New England Association of United Church Educators Conference.

How do I register?
The Registration link is at the top of this webpage.
Participants may register for a class (and/or to begin the program) no later than one week prior to the class session. Please be sure to choose the appropriate option (onsite or video conference) when registering.

I am not responsible for youth ministry at my church. Do I have to take the youth ministry classes for the certificate?
No. Those taking the Christian Formation Leader Track are not required to take the two youth ministry classes for certification. And those taking the Youth Ministry Leader Track are not required to take the 2 Christian formation leader classes for certification. However, those hired to provide programming for both children and youth at their church may take the classes in both tracks.

Do I have to complete the Certificate Program or can I just take one or a few classes?
All classes are open to both those who are working toward the Certificate as well as all who are interested in only a specific class or classes. The Certificate Program is an option for those who desire to complete the two years of classes.

I wish to complete the Certificate Program. How long will it take?
It is possible to complete the program in two years; however, we understand that many have other commitments that would make this timeframe impossible. Participants are welcome to take as long as is needed to complete the program.

What is required for the Certificate in Faith Formation Leadership?
​Click here to download the requirements of the Certificate Program.

How do I keep track of my completed Certification requirements?
Click here for a Word doc tracking form for Certificate students.

After completing the Certification requirements, what happens next?
The Faith Formation Ministry Team will review your class tracking form, confirm that you have met the requirements, and if accepted, you will be invited to a presentation luncheon in the fall to receive your certificate.

 

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Debbie Gline Allen, Associate for Christian Education & Youth Ministries at glineallend@sneucc.org or call 508-603-6011.

 

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