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EDUCATION COMMITTEE

2016 Annual Report


It is with great pleasure that we come to this first-ever, mid-term Annual Report able to share the framework for the new UMCRM Certificate of Training Excellence opportunity. The steps to earning this Certificate will be as follows:


STEP ONE            APPLICATION AND COACHING ASSIGNMENT

Applications will be available on the UMCRM website within the next two weeks. Each approved applicant will be assigned a coach within the UMCRM family who is experienced and has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the discipline of Camp and Retreat Ministry.


STEP TWO          EDUCATIONAL DIRECTIVES

Working with your assigned coach, you will select the educational path that you feel will be most meaningful for your growth as a professional and/or practitioner in the ministry:

THE MOST COMMON APPROACH

We believe that most participants will choose to engage in the educational opportunity available through the ecumenical program Compass Points. This excellent program serving United Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ camp and retreat leaders offers a comprehensive track undergirded by the high quality academic reputation of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Compass Points offers 120 classroom contact hours over six courses, a guided but self-directed administrative site visit and a Capstone Event at one of our bi-annual National Gatherings.

NOTE: You can get a jump start on your certificate by beginning your Compass Points track as early as this February. Go to www.compasspointsprogram.org or click on the sidebar of your next S’more Mail e-newsletter. Tuition is a mere $275 ($250 for UMCRM members) plus your Room and Board at Columbia Theological Seminary.

(Persons having completed the course work in our previous course work in the Common Ground program with Drew Theological School may substitute those contact hours for the 120 contact hours needed in Step Two.)

A COACH/SELF DIRECTED STUDY

For camp leaders with much experience and years of continuing education work in the field of Camp and Retreats, you may choose to accumulate your 120 hours of classroom study through select, high level course work using a combination of classes that you and your coach agree upon as fruitful in meeting your educational goals.


STEP THREE      ATTEND UMCRM CERTIFICATE CAMP

This will be a week-long, 40 contact hour experience held each fall that will explore Wesleyan distinction in UM camps & retreats.  The Seven Foundations of CR Ministry, UM/Wesleyan Theological Foundations, History, Polity and Doctrine of the UM Church, Outdoor Ministry and Creation Care and other specified subjects will be studied.


STEP FOUR        ATTEND THE CAPSTONE EVENT AT OUR BI-ANNUAL GATHERING.

Occurring in the context of the National Gathering, participants will be asked to make a presentation to their classmates related to their certificate path. Keep in mind that UMCRM will be offering a Certificate of Training Excellence in Camp & Retreat Ministry and not a certification. Kevin Witt and the Education Committee are working with Victoria Rebeck and her team at GBHEM to accept your work toward a designation as a Certified Practitioner in Camp and Retreat Ministry.  Persons currently in seminary or willing to do seminary level course work may choose to work with GBHEM toward a professional certification.



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