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Compass Points certification program for camp and conference leaders

The Compass Points Certification Program was developed by the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

Prospective students may be considering a call to camp and conference ministry, may be new to the field or may be seeking to widen their base of knowledge. The certification program is comprised of eight courses of study, which are offered on a repeating two-year cycle. These classes are: Articulating our Mission, Role and Value (Genesis Event); Biblical and Reformed Theological Foundations; Program Design and Implementation; Personnel and Leadership; Non-Profit Business Management; Development; Site Administration; and the Capstone Event.

Faculty for the courses includes seminary staff and Presbyterian camp/conference professionals. The classes are offered at the PCCCA Annual Conference each fall and at Columbia Theological Seminary in the spring. Participants can exempt out of a class if they have previously received sufficient course credit in a related program or can demonstrate an experience level with the content that satisfies the course requirements.

Two certification courses are scheduled back-to-back during the week of March 11-17. “Biblical and Reformed Theological Foundations” (taught by Dr. Bill Brown and Dr. Martha Moore-Keish) and “Program Design and Implementation” (taught by Dr. Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip) will be offered at Columbia Theological Seminary. Participants can take one class or both.

To learn more about these March courses or the whole Compass Points program, go to