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.

Course offerings

FAQ's & Certification Requirements

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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.

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


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.

Click here to download the form to track your requirements, which will also serve as your Application for Certification at the end of the program.


2017-2018 Class Offerings

New:  Make up classes as follows:

Thursday, April 12:  Faith and Human Development at Edwards House 
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12:  Polity, UCC History at Edwards Church, Northampton, (VC available also.)
8:30 a.m.- 12:30 P.M. 

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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 (ON AS SCHEDULED)

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:  Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership, Connecticut Conference UCC

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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
Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton, MA


  • 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?

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 the option for those who desire to complete the two years of classes.


  • What is required for Christian Educator Certification?

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  • Minimum 1 year experience in the field of Christian Education (time during participation in certification program included),
  • Completion of all Massachusetts Conference UCC Certification classes and a brief written reflection after each:

          UCC History, Polity, and Identity
          Old Testament & New Testament
          Basics in Christian Education & Administration
          Worship & Sacraments
          Theories of  Religious Education
          Human and Faith Development
          Curriculum Resources (taken at Super Saturday
          Safe Church Policies (taken at Super Saturday
          Racial Justice Training (taken at Super Saturday
               (Note: The White Privilege workshop, while beneficial, is not required.)


  • 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. (PDF)

New!   Online application.


  • 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 the Conference 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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