Certificate in Congregational Leadership

A Leadership Development Program designed for those serving as Part-Time Local Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers.*

Program Structure

The Certificate in Congregational Leadership (CCL) Program combines workshop and online learning to provide a comprehensive approach to developing leadership excellence in the local church. It is designed accommodate the busy schedule of the bi-vocational pastor and certified lay minister. The program is comprised of the following elements:

1. A weekend retreat focused on two foundational elements: leadership through self-differentiation and preaching.

2 Six different online courses, three required and three elective. Participants must complete the three required courses and at least one elective course for certificate completion. Each course takes place during a seven-day period and requires approximately (10) hours of work, all but two of which can be done independently. There are two, one-hour online sessions where participants cover course material together. Online courses are offered through BeADisciple.com.

CCL Course Offerings

Core (required for certificate) offerings are listed in bold. At lease one elective must be chosen from the other online offerings for Certificate completion.

CCL Retreat: August 9 - 11, 2019
Family Systems, Preaching & Worship
Cost: $279 (double occupancy)

Participants will stay at the Riverview Retreat Center.

View Retreat Schedule and Register online.

 Online Offerings: Cost: $59/course.

Online courses are offered through beadisciple.com. Courses required for Certificate completion are listed in bold.

Administration September 4-10, 2019
Sacraments October 10-16, 2018
Pastoral Care January 16-22 2019
Wesleyan Theology February 13-19, 2019
Time Management May 2-8, 2018
UM History & Doctrine June 13-19, 2018

Click on the course title above to get more information and/or register for a course.

*While this program is designed for Part-Time Local Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers who have completed the CLM process and are assigned to a ministry setting, any person, lay or clergy, may participate in any or all of its components and receive a Certificate of Congregational Leadership by completing the requirements.

The CCL Retreat and Online Courses are open to all. Those that do not wish to pursue a Certificate in Congregational Leadership may disregard the course requirements.

The CCL Retreat and cycle of online courses will be offered at about the same time each year. Therefore, one can complete the Certificate requirements over the course of two years or more, depending on schedule and budget.