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.


**These may also serve as substations for class requirements,  Contact Debbie Gline Allen to see it your selection meets the requirements.


Congratulations to the 2018 CE Certification Recipients: 
Gayle McGlauflin, Leea Snape, and Sherril Willis
Read more about them here.


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.


2018-2019 Class Offerings


Register today!   


Worship & Sacraments

October 6, 2018 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA  or
January 12, 2019 
at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Description: 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.

Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Mary Luti is a UCC pastor who for many years taught courses on Christian history, worship, and sacraments at Andover Newton Theological School.


Human & Faith Development

February 23, 2019 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA or April 6, 2019 at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​
​8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Description: 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.

Instructor:  Nancy Sides, Certified Christian Educator, recently retired after serving as the church educator at First Congregational Church of Westminster (MA) for 34 years.


Theories of Religious Education

March 30, 2019 at Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA or
March 9, 2019 
at Edwards Church, Northampton, MA (video conferencing option available on this date only)​
​8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Description: 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.

Instructor:  Debbie Gline Allen, CMCF, Consultant for Christian Education and Youth Ministry, Massachusetts Conference UCC

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.


  • 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?

Click here to download a printed copy with more specifics

  • 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 is for record keeping only. All applications must be done online.  (Word doc)


  • 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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