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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs from the New York School of Ministry

Certificate programs are offered from time to time depending on interest and instructor availability. If you are interested in one of these programs, please contact 

If you are interested in preparation for authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ, you should also be in conversation with your pastor and Association. 

  Supply Preacher Certificate Program is in progress now. The program, which runs from September to June and is entirely webconferenced, is designed for lay people who want to learn how to preach and lead worship well, so that they can act as supply preachers (able to fill in when ministers are ill or away) in their congregations or in their associations. This program does not prepare persons for any form of authorized ministry.

Click here for a pdf with a full description of the program. 

A graduate of the Supply Preacher Certificate Program shares her experience on Vimeo.  

 The Christian Studies Program is for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.


Sherry Cousins, celebrating her graduation from
the  Christian Studies program, with her mentor
Rev. Sue Forsyth.





The Christian Leadership Program is for individuals who want to develop as leaders, including those preparing for licensed ministry. 

The Ministry of Word & Sacrament Program is for those preparing for ordained ministry.


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Rev. Becky West was ordained on May 21, 2017.
(from left) Rev. Brenda McCutcheon - second grad
of the W&S Program, Craig Wilson, participant
in the W&S program, Becky, Rev. Dr. Marjorie
Purnine, and Rev. Marna Pritchard, first grad
from the Word & Sacrament Program.




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