Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification

Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification



Registration for the 2021-2022 program year is now open!

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What is the Faith Formation Leadership Training Program?

Classes 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 in the list 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.

FAQs and complete program details


Class descriptions and instructors

2021-2022 Program Year

     Exploring Curriculum & Digital Resources
          Both sessions are identical and meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
          October 23, 2021

          February 5, 2022

 Instructors:  Debbie Gline Allen, C.M.C.F. and  Rev. Jennifer Mazur
           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.

     Engaging Our Sacred Scripture’s Story

          Both sessions are identical and meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
          October 30, 2021

          February 26, 2022

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
          Both sessions are identical and meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
          November 6, 2021

          March 26, 2022

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.

      Boundary Awareness for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders
          Both sessions are identical and meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
          January 8, 2022

          April 2, 2022

Instructor:  Rev. Greg Morisse
          Developed by the historic Massachusetts Conference, this introductory course will equip faith formation and youth
           ministry leaders with the basics of healthy boundaries. This class will explore specifically the joys and challenges of
           ministering to and with children and youth while serving on a local church staff. Through reading, conversation, and
           case studies, participants will create their own guiding principles for ethical behavior in ministry. Required pre-
           reading (30 pages) will be distributed one month prior to the class session.
          **Does not fulfill the Boundary Awareness requirement for clergy

     Serving Together — Mission for All Ages
Both sessions are identical and meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
          January 22, 2022
          April 9, 2022
          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

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


NEW This Year - Optional 24-Hour Retreat

As part of the Faith Formation Leadership Program, we will offer a 24-hour retreat experience for examining your sense of call to ministry. This time apart will include exercises for exploring God’s call, opportunities to connect with colleagues in the Program, time for prayer, meditation, and quiet relaxation. This retreat will be a pre-event to the annual New England Association of United Church Educators Conference held at Pilgrim Pines Camp & Retreat Center in Swanzey, NH. The 2022 event is scheduled for May 3-5, and the pre-event retreat will be held May 2-3. The cost (over and above the full NEAUCE event) will be around $75 (includes Monday night lodging and Tuesday breakfast & lunch). Visit for NEAUCE updates.


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

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Debbie Gline Allen, Minister of Faith Formation at or call 508-603-6601

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
Continuing Education Recommendations

2021 Faith Formation Leadership Program Certificate Recipients


Joe Bezio — currently a faith formation volunteer at South Church in Andover, MA

Barbara Crandell — the Church School Coordinator at the Congregational Church of Brookfield, CT

Deb delDotto — the Interim Sunday School Director at First Congregational Church UCC in Shrewsbury, MA

Laura Dos Santos — the Sunday School Superintendent at Old South Union Church in South Weymouth, MA

Beth Neto — the Religious Education Director at The Congregational Church of So. Dartmouth UCC in So. Dartmouth, MA

Michelle Rawlinson — the Christian Education Director at the Congregational Church of Littleton, MA

Dawn Sorensen — the Director of Children’s Ministries at Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC in Southborough, MA

Rose Stansfield — the Director of Christian Education and Outreach at High Street Congregational Church in Auburn, ME

Kerry Stewart - the Faith Formation Coordinator at The First Congregational Church of Branford, CT

Jim Stokes-Buckles — a Church School Teacher at Edwards Church of Northampton, MA

Katie Welch — Director of Faith Formation at The First Congregational Church of Rockport UCC in Rockport, MA

READ MORE about these eleven dedicated faith formation and youth ministry leaders!

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