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lweber@united.edu | admissions@united.edu


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  • UMC Certification Program at United Seminary

    What’s Certification?

    Many clergy and laypeople are called to lead the church in specialized areas like Christian education, children’s ministry, music ministry, youth ministry, spiritual formation, older adult ministry, urban ministry and ministry with people with disabilities. Certification is the United Methodist Church’s recognition that an individual has been called, made a commitment to serve, and has fulfilled the required standards for academic training, experience, and continuing study to serve with excellence in an area of specialized ministry.

    Why Certification?

    Those who’ve earned United Methodist specialized ministry certification demonstrate that they are committed to excellence and to continuing to improve their skills and knowledge. They are explicitly prepared to lead others in United Methodist churches and contexts. Deacons who lead in a specialized ministry area can earn specialization as part of their required education.

    Professional certification entails training in Bible, theology, United Methodist studies, and skill development; professional experience; a community of support; and accountability to the annual conference.

    Three Tracks for Certification in The United Methodist Church

    • Professional (for lay, licensed, or ordained leaders who have an undergraduate degree and take graduate level courses)
    • Undergraduate (for undergraduate students)
    • Paraprofessional (for those who do not have a college degree and are working or volunteering in a specialized ministry)

    The UMC Certification Program is a program of the General Board of Higher Education ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. United's School for Discipleship and Renewal offers a full scope and sequence of courses, so students can take all necessary classes for certification in Christian Education Ministry, Children's Ministry, Music Ministry, Older Adult Ministry, Spiritual Formation Ministry, Youth Ministry, Urban Ministry, and Ministry with People with Disabilities.

    These two-credit hour courses are offered in a hybrid online format with two day intensives within a retreat setting.

    To enroll as a United Methodist certification student you must first enroll with the GBHEM; then apply to and register with United.

  • Hybrid Courses

    Hybrid courses are taught both on-line and face-to-face, with a minimum of 12 hours of classroom instruction for each 2-credit hour course. In addition, students will be part of an on-line community of men and women working toward certification.

    We believe Sabbath-living is integral to successful Christian ministry. Independent adult learning is facilitated by a variety of experiences including worship, solitude, practical application, and meals together with an instructor. These are made possible through the retreat setting provided by United’s UMC Certification Program.

  • Costs

    Tuition charges:
    See Tuition and Fees. Housing is not included. Please refer to Housing and Visitor Accommodations to make room reservations.

  • Enrollment in the UMC Certification Program

    To enroll as a United Methodist certification student you must first enroll with the GBHEM; then apply to and register with United.

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    | Enroll with the GBHEM
    Go to the General Board of Higher Education Ministry webpage and fill out a one-time enrollment form (“Enrollment for the Professional Certification Studies in Ministry Careers” – HE4064). It must be approved by the student’s Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) and with the Division of Ministry (DOM), GBHEM. This is the only form required to be eligible to proceed with the certification studies and to receive scholarship aid from the DOM, GBHEM.

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    2 | Apply to United
    It is quick and easy to apply using QuickApp. 

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    3 | Register with United
    Registration in a particular educational event will be through United Theological Seminary.

    Interested church professionals may take certification courses without becoming enrolled as M.Div. students.

    Students will register as a “Certification Student” eligible to take all necessary certification courses. The student must register each time a course is to be taken.

    To register, contact one of the following:

    Admissions Office

    admissions@united.edu | 1.800.322.5817

    UMC Certification Program at United

    Laura Weber; School for Discipleship and Renewal Coordinator
    lweber@united.edu

    Register

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  • United Registration without Certification

    Interested church professionals may take the UMC Certification courses without becoming certified.

    To do so, students may register with United as Visiting or Auditing Students and will not have to enroll with the GBHEM. The student must register each time a course is to be taken.

    Visiting and Auditing Students are not eligible for scholarships.

    To register, contact one of the following:

    Admissions Office

    admissions@united.edu | 1.800.322.5817

    UMC Certification Program at United School for Discipleship and Renewal Coordinator

    Laura Weber | lweber@united.edu | 937.529.2278

    Register

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  • UMC Certification Program Course List


    There are courses offered each January, June and August. Click the link below to download a PDF of the course list. 

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  • United Masters Course List

    For a complete listing of United Theological Seminary Master courses click the link below

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