Associates in Christian Education Program
learn and grow together
by Hartford Seminary and
AN ECUMENICAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Since 1970, the A.C.E. Program has trained Church Educators, Lay Leaders and Clergy for educational ministries in the Church. A unique aspect of the program is the sponsorship of each participant by a local congregation. Now 36 years since its inception, "A.C.E." continues to offer a balanced blend of both the academic and the practical aspects of Christian Education to effectively equip the dedicated Church professional!
Church Sponsorship Includes:
Course Requirements Of Participants Include:
A.C.E. Classes are scheduled to meet on a series of Tuesdays, October through April, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Hartford Seminary, 80 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT 06105.
The major course requirement will be to research, plan, lead and evaluate a local church program wherein students will gain experience in the use of a planning model, leadership skills, theological understandings, and Biblical materials. Projects are submitted in a written report which will then be shelved in the Connecticut Conference's Ruth Dudley Resource Center for other church leaders to use.
Worship and Prayer
In addition, worship and prayer are integral parts of the Program. Students will have opportunities to plan and lead worship at class sessions.
A variety of readings from current journals, textbooks and other writings in the field of Christian Education will be the basis for regular reflection papers.
Enrollment in the 2007-2008 A.C.E. Class will be limited to 14 students. Decisions on acceptance will be determined according to the need of the local church and the order of receipt of applications. Questions concerning the program should be directed to ACE Program Director/Teacher Chuck Ericson. You may contact Chuck at 860.233.5564, and leave a message in voice mailbox 702. Voice mail messages are checked weekly during the registration period.
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Partial tuition scholarships are available for qualifying Connecticut Conference UCC local congregations (based on need). You may make your request to the Program Director/Teacher, Chuck Ericson.
Certificates are awarded by the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ to participants who successfully complete the A.C.E. course; nine Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.'s) are granted upon request by Hartford Seminary following successful completion of the A.C.E. Class.
A.C.E. Program Director/Teacher
The Rev. Charles Ericson
Chuck has served as Pastor of the Bolton Congregational Church UCC for over 22 years. During this time he has become trained as a Conflict Consultant for the Connecticut Conference, served as a Field Education Supervisor for Andover Newton Theological School, led workshops at Connecticut and National UCC Youth Events, and been appointed as an Adjunct Instructor in the "Design for Leadership" program at Defiance College. He has also served on the Conference's Department of Christian Education & Youth, chaired its subcommittee on Youth Ministry, and been a Dean of summer conferences at Silver Lake Conference Center. Prior to teaching "ACE," Chuck was a Co-Instructor of the "Building Effective Youth Ministries" (B.E.Y.M.) program for 4 years. Chuck also expresses his faith through songwriting, and his music has been published and used in many UCC conference and national settings.
Additional Resource Persons from conference, national and seminary settings will be invited to join in leading class sessions from time to time.
A.C.E. Program Schedule -- 2007-2008
A.C.E Team Orientation: Tuesday, September 25, 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Hartford Seminary
One-Day Opening Retreat at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT -- Tuesday, October 9, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Part I: The Basic Foundations of Christian Education
The first class sessions will center on learning the "basics:" introduction to resources available to Christian Educators, overview of the Biblical story, stages of cognitive and faith development, and worship.
Class dates: October 23, November 6 and 20
Part II: The Environment of Christian Education
The second set of class sessions will include an overview of models of Church "personalities" and how to minister effectively within a variety of Church settings; denominational resources and relationships, and creative teaching techniques.
Class dates: December 4 and 18, January 8
A.C.E. Team Mid-Year Review: Tuesday, January 29, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hartford Seminary
Part III: Working as a Team in Christian Education
The focus of this part of the ACE experience will focus on staff relationships, working with church boards and committees, teacher recruitment and training, conflict management, styles of leadership, communication skills.
Class dates: January 22, February 12 and 26
Part IV: The Tasks of Christian Education
ACE will conclude by examining curriculum selection, youth ministry, confirmation, adult and intergenerational programming, family ministries, and mission projects.
Class dates: March 11 and 25, April 8
One-Day Closing Retreat at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT -- Tuesday, April 22 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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