Certificate Program in Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Certificate in Children Youth & Family Ministry

January 5-23, 2015
Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA

Program Overview

The Certificate Program in Children, Youth & Family Ministry is a three-week intensive leadership training program for children and youth ministry staff, Christian educators, pastors, and active volunteers … anyone interested in professional development in children, youth, and family ministry!

Class sessions are facilitated by multiple faculty in an engaging, discussion-rich environment.  Students freely ask questions and dive deep into issues that matter to them most.

Topics covered during the training include:

  • Biblical and theological foundations for faith formation
  • Methods for biblical study
  • Programming ideas for children, youth, family, and intergenerational ministries
  • Overview of human lifespan development, including children, adolescents, and adults
  • Basic pastoral care skills
  • Tips for program planning and administration
  • Strategic planning, including creation of a long-range program plan to share with your congregation

The non-credit certificate program provides a unique opportunity for children, youth, and family leaders to receive focused, intensive training in skills necessary for ministry with today’s young people and families.  Participants receive a Certificate in Children, Youth & Family Ministry, noting completion of 125 hours of instruction.

Program Faculty

Sue Houglum, Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education

Rev. Dr. David Ellingson, Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies

Mark Jackson, Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies

Program Details

The training begins the morning of Monday, January 5 and ends the afternoon of Friday, January 23.  Participants have evenings and weekends off to read and study, rest, explore the Seattle area, or attend to personal matters.

The training will be held primarily at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Wash., about 30 minutes north of Seattle. An outdoor adventure and retreat experience is tentatively scheduled to be held at Camp Lutherwood, near Bellingham, Wash.

Come and enjoy Seattle!  Optional weekend activities will be offered based on participants’ interest (such as a visit to the Space Needle, a Puget Sound ferry ride, or tour of the Boeing factory).

Participants will be housed in Trinity’s student apartments or with a local family. Commuters not requiring lodging can reduce the tuition cost by $400.

Cost of the program is $2,500, which includes all program materials, books, lunch (except weekends), snacks, and lodging (including weekends). Participants are responsible for transportation, breakfast and dinner daily, and other incidental expenses. Tuition is reduced to $2100 for commuters (those not requiring lodging).

We encourage participants to seek financial assistance from their local congregations, including use of professional development or continuing education funds or support through a mission endowment fund.

Application and more information

Download brochure (PDF)

Download content areas overview (PDF)

Download registration packet (PDF)

To apply: Complete the registration packet (above) and return to Trinity Lutheran College with your $250 deposit. You will be contacted with any questions about your registration and to schedule a pre-training conference call. Please complete all registration forms by December 1.

Need more information? Direct questions to Rev. Dave Ellingson at 425.249.4722 or email cyfcenter@tlc.edu.