Upcoming Courses

We have two courses which will be held back-to-back during the week of October 15-21 at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Participants can take one class or both.

October 15-18, 2017 at Columbia Theological Seminary
Biblical and Theological Foundations

October 18-21, 2017 at Columbia Theological Seminary
Program Design and Implementation

February 25-28, 2018 at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY)
Personnel and Leadership

February 28 – March 3, 2018 at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY)
Development

Directed Study
Site Administration

Biblical and Theological Foundations October 15-18, 2017

About Compass Points :: Biblical and Theological Foundations

This course will explore biblical foundations, methods of interpretation and resources for scriptural study within the unique context of camp and conference ministry. Participants will be introduced to the basics of theology, an overview of historical creeds, and how theology shapes the practice of ministry in our camp and retreat centers. This course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Mardee Rightmyer and Richard Floyd.

About the Instructors

Mardee RightmyerMardee Rightmyer

Mardee grew up in Americus,Georgia where her father was the only Presbyterian minister in town. The church was small, with few teenagers, so she was involved in the MYF ( Methodist Youth Fellowship) during high school which led to attending Young Harris College (Methodist school) and bing very involved in the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Southern. Mardee spent three summers as a counselor at Epworth by the Sea UMC Camp and Conference Center in St. Simons, GA. She has her Masters in C.E. from Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now merged with Union Presbyterian Seminary) and her Doctorate in Educational Ministry from Columbia Seminary. For twenty years she served as the director of an ecumenical resource center for the southeast which included the ELCA, PCUSA AND UCC churches. She is currently a local church educator and occasional adjunct faculty at Columbia Seminary.

Richard FloydRichard Floyd

Richard Floyd grew up in Merritt Island, Florida, surrounded by Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, and Disney World. He comes from a long line of Baptists, but at the age of 13 he joined the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has a BA in comparative religion from Florida State University, an MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a PhD in theology from Emory University. In addition to serving congregations in Atlanta and Chicago, he has taught at Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) and Candler School of Theology (Methodist). His book on theology and ecology, Down to Earth: Christian Hope and Climate Change, was published by Cascade Books in 2015. He has written several articles for the Feasting on the Word series, and is the editor/compiler of “A Way other than Our Own: Devotions for Lent, Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent,” and a third forthcoming devotional, each compiled from the collected sermons of Walter Brueggemann.

Tuition, Lodging, Meals and Transportation

The tuition cost for this certification course is $275.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members). You will have one of three different meal options: all meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday Lunch) for $71.85; one meal per day (dinner on first night and then three lunches) for $33.75; or no meals provided. Individual meals can be purchased at the dining facility using cash or check (sorry – no credit cards). Lodging at the Harrington Center on the seminary campus will be $142.89 for double occupancy,  $221.55 for single occupancy, and $247.50 for single occupancy in a queen suite. This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens included). We would like to have all of the participants arrive at the seminary by 5:00pm on Sunday. For those participants who will fly into the Atlanta International Airport (ATL), you can use the MARTA subway to get to Decatur. We will be providing a free shuttle to get folks from the Decatur MARTA station to the seminary campus. If you wish to take this shuttle, we ask that you fly into Atlanta no later than 3:30pm on Sunday. For your return trip, we ask that you schedule your departure flight no earlier than 3:30pm.

Registration

Registration for this course is available through Columbia Seminary’s online system for Lifelong Learning programs. You have the option to pay by either check or credit card. Please make sure that you also register for the second course offering that week, Program Design and Implementation (if desired). Register Now!

Program Design and Implementation October 18-21, 2017

About Compass Points :: Program Design and Implementation

Course content will include an overview of human growth and developmental in relation to Christian education. Learners will encounter a variety of models of teaching, as well as methods of curriculum and program development, interpretation, implementation, and evaluation in a camp and conference setting. Participants will explore camp, conference and retreat models and how they are an extension of a ministry’s mission statement. The course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Dr. Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip.

About the Instructors

Kathy DawsonKathy Dawson

Kathy Dawson is currently serving on the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia as Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Master of Arts and Practical Theology degree program. Kathy holds the B.A. in liberal studies and music from California State University, Long Beach. She earned the M.A. in Christian Education in 1992 from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and is a certified Christian educator. In 1994 she received the M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and in 2002 was awarded the Ph.D. in practical theology with an emphasis on Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her interests run from brain research to puppets. She enjoys teaching and learning with all ages and in all spaces.

Joel WinchipJoel Winchip

Joel Winchip is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA). He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary, where he teaches their Camp/Conference Program and Administration and Introduction to Recreation Ministry courses. Joel attended the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, where he received an M.A. in Christian Education and an Ed.S. in Camp and Conference Ministry. He is also a certified church educator. Joel worked on the staff of 10 Presbyterian camps and conference centers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at Presbyterian College and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Joel lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Tammy, and their three cats.

Tuition, Lodging, Meals and Transportation

The tuition cost for this certification course is $275.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members). You will have one of three different meal options: all meals (Wednesday dinner through Saturday Lunch) for $71.85; one meal per day (dinner on first night and then three lunches) for $33.75; or no meals provided. Individual meals can be purchased at the dining facility using cash or check (sorry – no credit cards). Lodging at the Harrington Center on the seminary campus will be $142.89 for double occupancy,  $221.55 for single occupancy, and $247.50 for single occupancy in a queen suite. This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens included). We would like to have all of the participants arrive at the seminary by 5:00pm on Wednesday. For those participants who will fly into the Atlanta International Airport (ATL), you can use the MARTA subway to get to Decatur. We will be providing a free shuttle to get folks from the Decatur MARTA station to the seminary campus. If you wish to take this shuttle, we ask that you fly into Atlanta no later than 3:30pm on Wednesday. For your return trip, we ask that you schedule your departure flight no earlier than 3:30pm.

Registration

Registration for this course is available through Columbia Seminary’s online system for Lifelong Learning programs. You have the option to pay by either check or credit card. Please make sure that you also register for the second course offering that week, Biblical and Theological Foundations (if desired). Register Now!

Site Administration

About Compass Points :: Site Administration

The Site Administration course is a self-directed study that will involve you visiting a camp and retreat center and interviewing their staff related to hospitality, food service, maintenance, and communications/registrations/office management. The project will be a 5-7 page paper that pulls together what you learned from your visit. This paper is due one month after the visit is completed (no later than one month before your Capstone course if this is your graduation year). The cost for the Site Administration course is $100.00. When we receive your payment, we will send you a digital copy of the curriculum by email.

Prerequisites

Before you can request the directed study, participants must successfully complete the Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value course. Register Now!

Questions about the program?

If you should have any questions about any of these courses or the certification program in general, please contact Joel Winchip, PCCCA Executive Director, at joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232.