Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification

Faith Formation Leadership Training and Certification



Registration for the 2022-2023 program year is now open!

Just click on the title of the class(s) you wish to take from the list below.
New this year:  You will need to fill out a separate online form for each class.

Read the information below and download our complete details file.
For questions not addressed here, please contact Debbie Gline Allen at
          or call 508-244-4332.


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 &/or youth ministry 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

2022-2023 Program Year

To register: 

  1. Click on the title of each class that you wish to take. This will bring you to the online registration form for that class.
  2. The registration form will allow you to select which of the two dates works best for your schedule (as the two class offering are the same).
  3. You will need to fill out a separate online form for each class you register for; however, this will help us to keep better records of your participation in the program.

Making Disciples — Theories and Practices for the 21st Century          
October 1, 2022  OR  February 11, 2023

Dr. Joshua Lunde-Whitler
        How the grounding principles of education, formation, and living in the ways of Jesus can be developed and used to make disciples of all ages in today’s congregations.

Youth Ministry 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry

October 15, 2022  OR  February 4, 2023
Rev. Dave and Becky Stambaugh
        Explore the nuts and bolts alongside the theological foundations of organizing and implementing youth ministry programs in the local church, recruiting, nurturing, and supporting volunteers, leadership skills, and working on a church staff.
*This class is optional for those seeking certification who do not have youth ministry in their job description.

Faith Formation 101 — Practices for a Sustainable Ministry
October 29. 2022  OR  March 4, 2023

Larainne Wilson, M.Ed.  
        Explore the nuts and bolts of organizing and implementing faith formation programs in the local church; recruiting, nurturing, and supporting volunteers; leadership skills, and working on a church staff.
*This class is optional for those seeking certification who only have youth ministry in their job description.

Creating Safe Environments — Policies and Procedures
November 5, 2022  OR  April 1, 2023 (both are offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)
Debby Kirk
        Explore why congregations need a safe church policy and how to create one for the specific needs of the congregation.

Adaptive and Innovative Leadership for Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Leaders

November 5, 2022  OR  April 1, 2023 (both are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Rev. Susan Page Townsley
        Engage in creative thinking that inspires slant approaches to faith formational ministries in a post-pandemic world.

Developing Faith — Ages and Stages
November 19. 2022  OR  January 28, 2023
Rev. Dr. Ted E. Huffman

        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. 

Living Into the Mystery — Worship and Sacraments in the United Church of Christ
January 7, 2023  OR  March 25, 2023

Rev. Jenn Macy
      An overview of the worship tradition of the United Church of Christ, tracing its history back to early Christian practices, particularly Baptism and Communion. 

Racial Justice for Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Leaders                     
January 14, 2023  OR  April 29, 2023

Rev. James Ross
        Create a common language around racism, to unmask racism in our lives, and to encourage long-term engagement in racial justice ministry as a spiritual issue.

More Program Information

Our Mission, Goals, Objectives, & Faith Formation Ministry Partners List
Classes & Instructors
Complete Program Details to download/print with Frequently Asked Questions
Community of Practice information

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-Seeking 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)
Evaluation & Class Reflection Questions Form (coming soon...)
Continuing Education Recommendations
2022 Online Form for Completion of Certificate Program

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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