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Montreat Conference Center

C. E. Certification Course

Religious Educational Ministry - Theory, Environment, and Practice

July 5 - 9, 2017

Introduction and Course Description

When one looks within the life and ministry of the church, the role of religious education becomes prominent. It is the area of ministry that embraces the spiritual, educational, and developmental growth of all persons in the community. Education is called upon to enable people to develop into whole persons, and meets them at different ages, needs, family structures, and life experience. Because of its unique role in the life of the church, it is imperative that we understand the theological, and theoretical aspects of religious education as well as the practical elements and programs that help us to carry our the ministry of education in the PC(USA).

The purpose of the course is to explore the foundational elements of religious educational theory, and its role in equipping the children of God in living the covenant call. Exploring educational theory will enable participants to develop ways to evaluate religious education programs, establish vision and mission principles, and consider methods and practices in carrying out the ministry of education in the church.


The Certification Partners will:

  1. Through reading and the use of reflection questions, consider the foundational elements of religious educational theory.
  2. Identify key elements of educational theory which may serve to strengthen personal educational ministry in the church, develop a mission statement utilizing those elements, and an event that reflects the work of particular theory/ies.
  3. Partner key educational theory elements with personal written plans for evaluation, curriculum development, educational approach.
  4. Compare and contrast several general approaches to church educational ministry, noting the theory behind each approach, and appropriate educational settings for each approach
  5. Explore the theory of Multiple Intelligences and write an educational plan for incorporating the theory into the programmatic offerings of the church.
  6. Create a teaching/learning event, choosing from a number of educational settings provided to the learner.

By the end of the certification process, in order to successfully complete the examination, the educator will be able to identify at least one religious education theorist and critically engage that theorist’s perspectives with their own educational event, identifying how the theory informs the design, implementation, and evaluation of that event. They will also be able to build and present a lesson plan for an educational event that could be easily picked up and used by a third party. Certification course students are required to participate in all aspects of each course. Successful course completion will include engagement in 30 contact hours of coursework, including online assignments given in hybrid courses.

Required Reading

Participants must prepare required reading before the course meets at Montreat. After you register, you will be sent more information. If you have any questions, please email Tracy Bailey at tracyb@montreat.org.


To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference online, please click on the “RATES & REGISTRATION” tab above.

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Comprehensive Rates

Register online for conference, room, and meals

Comprehensive rates below include discounted conference fee of $150, room in Assembly Inn (Tuesday through Saturday night), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Tuesday supper through Sunday breakfast), plus a community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Some rooms have private baths, and some rooms have connecting baths. After May 24, these rates will increase by $25 per person. For early arrival, extended stay, and/or additional meals, please contact the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $795.50
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $545.50 per adult

Commuter Rate

Register online for conference only

Commuter rate below includes conference fee of $175 plus a community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

  • On or before May 24: $179 per person
  • After May 24: $204 per person

Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be requested when you register online. (These additional charges will be added separately by the registrar.)

  • $128.00 per person for Wednesday breakfast through Sunday breakfast
  • $38.00 per person for lunches only (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by May 24 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after May 24 but on or before June 28 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after June 28. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

About Dee Koza

Montreat Conference CenterDee Koza is a certified Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) educator with experience in local, presbytery, and national level positions. Dee has served nine local churches. She was associate executive for nurture and parish development for National Capital Presbytery in Washington, D.C. and executive for youth ministry at the national level of the PC(USA). She is in her ninth year as commissioned lay pastor (teaching elder) of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Geneva, AL. She is married to the Rev. David Jamison and they live with their two 14-year-old Westies – Jenny and Angus.

A national keynoter, Dee continues to have as her areas of concentration: faith development, the use of narrative in worship, officer training, church development, and youth ministry.

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