Certification Program for Christian Educators & Faith Formation Classes For All

Certification News:
We are currently updating the Certification program in order to offer 2 tracks beginning in the fall of 2019 -- one for faith formation leaders and one for youth ministry leaders, with the option to take both tracks if you so choose. We hope to have all of the details worked out and the webpage updated by early-to-mid-August.


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.


Online Continuing Education Recommendations
(which may also be used for Certification when needed)
An article about how Certification benefits the local church

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 Educator 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.

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, Associate for Christian Education & Youth Ministries at glineallend@macucc.org or call 508-603-6011.


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