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Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a two-year program in Spiritual Formation, leading to United Methodist approved Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation. Garrett-Evangelical has been approved by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to offer the curriculum for this continuing education program. Our first partner is the Ministry of Spiritual Formation at First United Methodist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This certification program does not require a Bachelor's degree; all may participate in one of two distinct paths:

  1. Participants may choose to enrich their Christian journey in spiritual formation by attending all retreats for training, or
  2. Participants may choose to formally apply for Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation by registering with the United Methodist Church, through GBHEM

Beginning in fall 2016, the program includes six retreats held at First United Methodist in Baton Rouge and spaced over two years beginning October 14-15. The retreats are led by faculty from Garrett-Evangelical (Rev. Dr. Dwight Judy, Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt, Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, and Rev. Dr. Jack Seymour). Topics include classes and readings in prayer and the spiritual disciplines, the practice of holy listening, developing Bible study for faith formation, practicums in congregational life, and Methodist heritage and faith formation. Each retreat will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday evening and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meals will be provided.

Participants seeking Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation ministries will complete the requirements of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church through this program. The core competencies include the regular practice of prayer and the spiritual disciplines, as well as the ability to teach others those disciplines, practice of holy conferencing with individuals and small groups, developing Bible studies for faith formation, Wesleyan history and theology and supervised leadership in spiritual formation ministry within the local congregation. Candidates will come to understand the essential link between Christian spiritual formation, congregational life, and discipleship for the world.

For more information contact:

Dwight Judy, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Dwight.Judy@garrett.edu, or
Cherri Johnson, FUMC, Baton Rouge, cherri@firstmethodist.org