Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification

Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification



Registration for the 2021-2022 program year will open in August


What is the Faith Formation Leadership Training Program?

May be taken as either a certificate program or as stand-alone classes
Participants may choose to take classes either as stand-alone opportunities, or as part of a process for certification in faith formation leadership in the Southern New England Conference UCC.  
Specific information about the classes may be accessed using the links below.

For anyone with a passion for faith formation and youth ministries
While designed for the Southern New England Conference, anyone - both lay leaders and authorized ministers - within or beyond 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.

Faith formation and youth ministry for the 21st Century
Our instructors are selected for their experience and expertise in their specific ministries, and present best practices and teaching methods for forming faith and making disciples in today's congregations, particularly during this post-pandemic time.

2021-2022 Program Year

     Engaging Our Sacred Scripture’s Story
Instructor:  Rev. Don Remick
          An overview of the formation, contents, structure, and flow of the Bible. 

     Exploring the United Church of Christ — Our History, Our Beliefs, Our identity
Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Audrey Price
          An overview of the birth, development, structure, beliefs, values, and ethos of
          the United Church of Christ. 
          **Does not meet UCC Member In Discernment requirements.

     Serving Together — Mission for All Ages
Instructor:  Rev. Kevin Weikel
          Explore the differences between charity and justice from biblical and developmental perspectives
          in light of offering mission and service opportunities for children, youth, families, and the

    Boundary Awareness for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders
Instructor:  Rev. Greg Morisse
          Build understanding around appropriate relational boundaries that are encountered in ministry.
          **Does not fulfill the Boundary Awareness requirement for clergy

     Exploring Curriculum & Digital Resources
Instructor:  Debbie Gline Allen, C.M.C.F.
           How to evaluate, select, and adapt curriculum materials based on the appropriateness for the
           congregation’s needs and mission. Includes an overview of the United Church of Christ /Unitarian
           Universalist Our Whole Lives sexuality materials as well as a review of current practices for using
           social media for communications, connections, and spiritual formation.

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

Our Mission, Goals, Objectives, & Faith Formation Ministry Team List
Complete 2-Year Class List & Descriptions
Complete Program Details to download/print
Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Debbie Gline Allen, Minister of Faith Formation at or call 508-603-6011

Quick Links for Program Registrants
Requirements & Expectations of Certificate Students
Association of United Church Educators (membership required for certificate)
Marks for Ministry for Faithful & Effective Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders
Class Tracking Form (Word doc)
2021 Online Form for Completion of Certificate Program
Online Evaluation/Class Reflection Questions Form
Online Continuing Education Recommendations

2020 Faith Formation Leadership Program Certificate Recipients


Clockwise from top left are Debi Hockenberry, Jenny Byxbee, and Kristin Putney, who were honored on October 17, 2020 in a virtual ceremony hosted by Debbie Gline Allen, SNEUCC Minister of Faith Formation and the program's administrator.   
Read more about these three dedicated educators by clicking here





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