What is a Christian Educator?
Christian educators are persons called by God to a ministry of education who demonstrate their faith in and love for Jesus Christ, are dedicated to the life of faith and are serious in purpose, honest in character and joyful in service. It is expected that Christian educators be persons with skills and training in biblical interpretation, Reformed theology, human development, religious education theory and practice, and the polity, programs and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Application for Educator Certification
Download information about the educator certification process, an application, and become connected to an Education Certification Advisor here.
2013 Educator Certification Handbook Now Available
To assist Christian Educators in becoming familiar with the process and steps involved in becoming a Certified Christian Educator or Christian Education Associate, this Handbook has been revised for 2013.
Training materials for Educator Certification Advisors
Educator Certification Advisors, the primary support of Christian educators active in the process of certification, are provided with ministry tools to assist them in this important role. Online training modules for Advisors and Reference Groups as well as policy updates and the Educator Certification Handbook are available. A Facebook Group is also available for communication. Request to join the group PC(USA) Educator Certification Advisors by clicking here:
Continuing education for volunteers
Opening Doors to Discipleship, the free online training resource, offers three courses:
- Course A, Teaching Skills
- Course B, Bible Background
- Course C, Presbyterian/Reformed Faith
- Course D, Discipleship
Each course provides 12 sessions of interactive learning for training, leader development, or faith formation. Contact your presbytery resource center or the Office of Christian Education for the PC(USA) log-in code. For security purposes, this number is unavailable on the Web. Please note the policies for educator certification regarding these courses meeting the knowledge and skill area requirements for the Christian Education Associate level (formerly Enrolled Educational Associate) of the Educator Certification process.
Support and advocacy for Christian Educators
The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators is a professional association concerned with the advancement of education in the church and is committed to the on-going witness of our faith in the Gospel.
News & Statements
September 12, 2013
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Special Committee on the Belhar Confession is encouraging churches to study the confession and embrace its major themes.
Professed by a faithful people in a historic situation—the apartheid era in South Africa— the Belhar Confession centers on the themes of unity, reconciliation, and justice.
- January 28, 2013
These pages are for educators, Christian Education Committees, certification advisors, presbyteries and others interested in educators and/or certification.
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event 2014
January 29 - February 1, 2014
San Jose, California
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event 2015
February 4 - 7, 2015
- Mid Council Ministries
- Christian Educators
- Christian Vocation
- Church Leadership Connection
- Commissioned Ruling Elders
- Constitutional Interpretation
- Mid Councils
- Ministers/ Teaching Elders
- Preparation for Ministry
- Ruling Elders
- Vocational Ministries