UMC Certification

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lweber@united.edu
admissions@united.edu

What’s Certification?

Many clergy and laypeople are called to lead the church in specialized areas such as 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.

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

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

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Housing is not included. Please refer to Housing and Visitor Accommodations (Link to 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.

1 | 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.

2 | Apply for admission to United
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 United’s Admissions Office at admissions@united.edu or 1.800.322.5817

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 Students and will not have to enroll with the GBHEM. The student must register each time a course is to be taken. Visiting Students are not eligible for scholarships.

To register, contact United’s Admissions Office at admissions@united.edu or 1.800.322.5817

UMC Certification Program Course List
There are courses offered each January, June and August.

UMC Course List
United Masters Course List