New year of Academy for Ministries with Children begins Oct. 1


The Academy for Ministries with Children is designed for persons seeking training in children’s ministry, offered through a partnership between the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences.

The Academy for Ministries with Children offers local church children’s workers paraprofessional certification through a two-year cycle of courses. The courses are developed to affirm and strengthen the passion and love for ministry through a holistic and theological understanding of children and children’s ministry. Year A of this two year cycle begins Oct. 1, 2010. The four classes for 2010-11 will alternate locations between Birmingham and Montgomery.

Academy participants will be required to read two books prior to the beginning of each course, and complete an assignment to be handed in at each class. Participates receive a syllabus upon completion of registration.

In order to receive certification, all eight courses must be completed. However, individual courses may be taken. The academy does not offer academic credits.

The cost to attend is $100 per class, which includes meals, classroom supplies and resources. Scholarships are available. Participants will be responsible for the purchase of books and out-of-town lodging. Click here or contact Beth Sanford at 256-458-7800 or  for more information.

The Year A Course Schedule includes:

United Methodist: Who Are We?
Dr. Bob Winstead
Candler School of Theology
October 1 & 2, 2010
United Methodist Center, Birmingham, AL

Administration: The Nuts & Bolts
Rev. Joy Melton
UMPact Chief Resource Officer
Rev. David Melton
Dunwoody UMC
November 12 & 13, 2010
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Theology of Children
Dr. Ed Trimmer
Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership
February 25 & 26, 2011
First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL

Books, Buildings, & Curriculum
Dr. Jennie Knight
Candler School of Theology
April 1 & 2, 2011
Asbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, AL

To register, contact:
Rev. Leigh Meekins, Coordinator for Ministries with Children Alabama-West Florida Conference
100 Interstate Park Drive, Suite 120
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
334-356-8014 /


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