“to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ”
— Ephesians 4:12 esv
In my experience working with pastors, leaders, and ministry volunteers, I’ve seen the great value of practical ministry training coupled with the encouragement of an experienced practitioner. That need for practical training prompted CDM to seek and receive approval from the 2016 General Assembly to develop a training and certification program, specifically for non-ordained ministry leaders.
In designing the program, we basically asked a group of people who were DOING ministry: “If you could go back to the beginning, what topics would you cover? What are things people need to know to be fruitful? What have you seen to be sound principles and best practices?” Their answers shaped the program.
CDM is the Discipleship Ministries Committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Our mission is to help leaders in local churches fulfill the Great Commission through ministry to children, youth, and adults. We strive to strengthen the church by connecting you to the people and resources you need for ministry. This program will equip leaders with theological training and practical skills to impact the next generation.
Committee on Discipleship Ministries Coordinator | Certification Faculty