Eligibility and Requirements
Certification is open to individuals working on a local church staff or in a denominational office, provided their job responsibilities have a primary element of support to local congregations in one of the key areas of administrative leadership. These candidates must submit the document of denominational leadership, which confirms their work with congregations. Other interested parties also are welcome and encouraged to take part in this educational opportunity.
Candidates are encouraged to be a member of the national association while completing certification.
Candidate must have completed at least three years of fulltime service or full-time equivalent in a local congregational church setting or denominational office in which he/she has had primary responsibility in one or more of the key areas of administration. Candidates may start the certification process prior to obtaining the experience requirement but are bound to the five years completion limits.
Calculation for full time equivalent is based on a 2080 hour work year. Full-time equivalent may be in more than one congregation as an employee or outsource support. Individuals should submit in writing the details of their part-time experience and why they feel it is equivalent.
- Personnel/Human Resource Management
- Staff Development
- Congregational Leadership
- Theology of Stewardship
- Office Management
- Information Management
- Property Management
- Communication and Marketing
- Strategic Planning
- Financial Management
- Stewardship of Self
- Legal & Tax Matters
- Christian Perspectives & Theology of Church
- Theology and Ethics of Church Administration
Applicable forms and processing fees must be submitted by June 1 of the year in which the candidate is to be certified.
Requirements include the following:
- Candidate must complete 2 weeks core courses for academic study through one or a combination of the approved training centers.
- Candidate must complete 4 CEUs (40 contact hours).
Once a candidate has submitted a registration form
and $25 fee, they may begin accumulating CEUs for
certification. CEUs earned prior to registration
will NOT count toward the 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours).
These must include 4 required modules which are offered each year at national conference and in The Church Network online learning lab, and may be offered by one or more f he approved training centers.
i. Theology and ethics of church administration (0.2 CEUs)
ii. Self-care for administrative leaders (0.2 CEUs)
iii. Church technology basics (0.2 CEUs)
iv. Church technology trends (0.2 CEUs)
The other 32 hours may come from any The Church Network CEU approved course offered through the chapter CEU program, national and regional programs, training center CEUs, The Church Network's online learning lab (available summer 2014), or CEUs offered by registered provider partners.
If an individual decides at a conference to begin, they
may submit a registration form and fee with their CEU
request form for that conference, as long as they meet
the submit within 30 days of end of conference time limit.
Those conferences CEU’s will count towards certification.
- Candidates must complete an action-based certification project as outlined in the Project Guidelines. Project are available for download in the resource store and are free to members and fee based to non-members. Click here for a complete list of projects.
- Candidate must subscribe to the The Church Network Code of Ethics
- Candidates must complete the certification process within five years of their official start date as stated above.