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Garrett-Evangelical Offers New Certification Program in Children’s Ministry

EVANSTON, Ill., February 2010 - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has launched a new certification program in Children's Ministry for ordained and lay Christian educators. The program augments the seminary's robust offering of other programs for professional certification.

Students with a passion for children's ministry will meet certification requirements in United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion and Christian Methodist Episcopal denominations by completing the following five courses:

  • Teaching for Biblical Faith
  • Theological Education in the Parish
  • Advanced Practicum in Teaching
  • Children's Ministries in the Church
  • United Methodist Studies

Beyond Children's Ministry, Garrett-Evangelical makes it possible for students in master-degree programs as well as non-degree-seeking lay leaders to enhance their knowledge and skills through professional certification in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Music Ministry, and Evangelism. These certification programs are also a path to becoming a United Methodist deacon.

"These programs of study provide a professional foundation for ordained and lay church leaders who feel called to one of these ministries and who have a genuine passion for this work," said Dr. Elaine Amerson, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. "The courses offer cutting-edge knowledge and practice in the field for those yearning to enhance their ministry."

Courses are available during two-week intensives in January and July at the seminary, which sits in the heart of the Northwestern University campus by Lake Michigan just a dozen miles north of downtown Chicago. In addition, Garrett-Evangelical will begin this summer adding online courses, which will gradually be expanded, giving students the option to complete much of their coursework at home.

Financial assistance is available to registered candidates for certification through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministries of The United Methodist Church. To review a complete list of certification programs and courses, please visit our certifications page. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 847-866-3945 or


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