Recommended Continuing Education Programs for Church Educators
*These programs are particularly recommended for Certified Educators.
Online programs that include Christian education courses
Offered through Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, a United Methodist institution with Christian education courses taught by Debbie Kolacki: The Changing 21st Century Sunday School and Called To Teach
A progressively Christian program that utilizes the UCC's Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministers as a part of its course competencies. Offers a Christian education course entitled, Lifelong Christian Faith Formation taught by Debbie Gline Allen, alongside other courses for local church ministry.
Vibrant Faith Institute
An online certificate program designed for leaders who care about the future of faith formation in their communities—whether they are full time, part time or volunteer leaders, pastors or Christian education directors or coordinators. The program will help students to embrace a new vision and develop a new set of practices for faith formation with all ages and generations in your congregation.
Online programs that focus on local church ministry
(some may include Christian education courses)
Maine School of Ministry
A ministry of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ that offers courses for local church ministry.
New York School of Ministry
A ministry of the New York Conference United Church of Christ that features real time webconferenced courses for local church ministry.
A pastoral formation venture in service of the belief that the Church is best served by cultivating Christian leaders grounded in practical, adaptive, and transformational leadership skills. Through employing the gifts of vibrant local churches and their pastors, we work at the intersections of the progressive Church to raise up Christian ministers.
Pathways to Learning and Leadership
Offered through Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, courses are specifically designed for Presbyterian church members.
Metro-Boston Seminary Courses
UCC Community of Learning through Boston University School of Theology
A collaboration with the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and other interested New England UCC conferences to form a community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to nurturing and preparing United Church of Christ students for future leadership and service in and through the church.
Opening Doors to Discipleship (from the Presbyterian Church USA)
Course A (Teaching Skills), Course B (Bible Background), and Course D (Discipleship) provide a well-rounded overview of each area in 12-sessions each.
Webinars for Enrichment
Practical Resources for Churches
Provides live and recorded webinars at no cost to MACUCC congregations.
for Faithful and Effective Christian Educators and Youth Ministry Leaders