Certificate in Christian Education and Children's Ministry

Overview

The United Methodist Christian Education and Children's Ministry certification courses teach individuals to administer programs that develop faith formation, equip disciples of Jesus Christ, and provide an understanding of United Methodist tradition and doctrine.

The Children's Ministry track focuses on skills in working with volunteers and staff to create programmatic experiences and an environment that encourages children in the Christian faith.

The Christian Education track focuses on relating to church volunteers and staff with emotional maturity and sound judgment and demonstrating leadership in the church's educational ministry.

Application and Registration

Applications are now closed. 

Both new and returning Certification students must complete the application to register. You only need to complete one application per year for access to all Certification courses offered, including UM Studies. After approval of your application for Certification courses, you will be sent a link for course registration. Registration for next year's courses opens August 2020.

Instructors for Specialized Courses

Teresa Rossy

Teresa serves as the Ministry Director of Grow Ministry at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. She is the Director of the Christian Education and Children's Ministry certification courses at Perkins School of Theology.

Barb Horsch

Barb serves as the Director of Christian Education & Mission at Gibson City United Methodist Church in Gibson City, Illinois. She is the Assistant Director of the Christian Education and Children’s Ministry certification courses at Perkins School of Theology.

Dr. Andy Stoker

Andy serves as the Senior Minister at First United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. He is a lecturer for the Christian Education and Children's Ministry certification courses at Perkins School of Theology.