The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry provides a variety of opportunities “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12.
A combined ministry of the Pennsylvania Southeast, Penn Northeast, and Penn Central conferences of the United Church of Christ, Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry (PAM) is designed to provide an educational foundation for our laity, our churches, and our licensed/commissioned ministry programs.
Find more information below about different aspects of the programs or visit paacademyofministry.org for more information and class schedules.
ENRICHING DISCIPLESHIP – This path is designed for persons seeking to be authorized as a commissioned minister in a specific area of ministry, this program involves completing five Friday evening/Saturday sessions and five specialized sessions over two year beyond the basic enrichment program described above. Working in cooperation with Association and Conference Committees of Ministry, additional requirements may include psychological/vocational testing, Association/Conference in-care status, and spiritual direction.
LICENSED MINISTRY – This path is designed for persons seeking to be authorized as a licensed UCC pastor, this program involves completing ten Friday evening/ Saturday sessions over two years beyond the basic enrichment program described above. Working in cooperation with Association and Conference Committees of Ministry, additional requirements may include psychological/ vocational testing, Association/ Conference in-care status, spiritual direction and internships in local ministry setting.
TIME FOR DISCERNMENT – As we continue to discern God’s call in our lives, it is important to claim time to listen. Each year a discernment retreat is held to provide an opportunity for personal reflection, spiritual direction, and conversations with others on a similar journey.
COMMISSIONED MINISTRY – Saturday sessions on a variety of topics given to enhance our knowledge and skill in living out our discipleship within the church and within the world. There are fifteen opportunities over three years for individuals and groups. Complete all fifteen and receive a Certificate of Church Leadership.
CONTINUING EDUCATION – Each year an educational event is held to provide an opportunity for continued growth in the enrichment of our call to ministry and in the developing of new ministry skills. This event is open to alums of the program and any interested laypersons.