The Certificate in Congregational Leadership (CCL) Program, offered in partnership with Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries, combines workshop and online learning in a comprehensive approach to developing leadership excellence in the local church. It is designed to 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 in which participants cover course material together.

Weekend Retreat

2019 CCL Retreat: August 9-11, 2019

Family Systems, Preaching & Worship
Cost: $279 (double occupancy)

The Certificate in Congregational Leadership Program begins with a weekend retreat at the Riverview Retreat Center (Centreville, MD), August 9-11, 2019. The retreat will help participants develop their skills as a preacher that inspires congregations to grow as world-changing disciples, as well as use family systems theory to develop the ability to lead as a non-anxious presence.  The retreat will also be a time to network with other local pastors and certified lay ministers for both support and learning. These connections will be strengthened during the online learning component of the program.

The August Retreat will feature a session with on preaching with Rev. Dean Snyder, who most recently served as Senior Pastor at Foundry UMC in Washington, DC. Dean is now retired and lives in Kennedyville, MD.

The retreat will also focus on development as a non-anxious leader. Jack unpacks the concepts from his book, Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety. He has been using this material to develop congregational leaders for nearly two decades.

For more information, visit the CCL retreat page on the Pecometh website.

Online Offerings for 2018-2019 Cycle

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

“As I get ready to go before DCOM this week, I am reminded of how grateful I am that I have taken your congregational leadership courses, particularly the one on the sacraments. Frankly, I think your courses should be required for CLMs going on to licensed ministry.”

Online Core offerings (required for certificate) are listed in bold. At lease one elective (non-bold) course must be chosen from the other online offerings for Certificate completion.  The cost of each course is $59/course.

Administration – September 5-11, 2018
Sacraments – October 10-16, 2018
Pastoral Care – January 16-22, 2019
Wesleyan Theology – February 13-19, 2019
Time Management – May 1-7, 2019
UM History/Doctrine – June 12-18, 2019

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