In the course, students will engage the administrative aspects of the Christian faith formation programs in churches. This includes assessing the current realities of the Christian Education program, aligning the programs with the vision of the church, and the nuts and bolts of the faith formation program. Students in this course will do an analysis of a program, create goals, learn volunteer recruitment techniques, budgeting and bookkeeping practices, and communication strategies.
Learners are required to have the following book for this class:
- The Nuts and Bolts of Christian Education: Practical Wisdom for Teachers and Leaders, by Delia Halverson
- Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry, Robert Welch
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
You will need a password to enroll in this class as a proof of pre-requisites.
About the Instructor
Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker has had a full life experience in mission and ministry over the past two decades. As the former Executive Director of the Global Mission Connections Unit at Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, she has had the opportunity to travel and meet incredible people all over the world. She was responsible for leading the five regional offices and the two global offices in Leadership Development and Scholarships as well as the UN Office. Prior to that she served as the Chief Connectional Ministries Officer for the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church. She saw the inside and outside development of the church bureaucracy at it’s best and it’s worst. This experience became the basis of her book on TRUST. Recognizing that TRUST is an essential value of the Christian faith, Dr. Valdez Barker ventured to explore, research and discover where TRUST has helped churches thrive and grow and where the lack of TRUST has contributed to failures in church systems. Join her as she shares what she has learned in hopes that we can all learn to TRUST God and TRUST each other more.