Children's Ministries Certifications

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1)    What is NAD Children’s Ministries Certification?

         The NAD CM Certification is recognition given upon completion of a series of workshops, seminars, and personal study.  This study program has been designed to help a person become knowledgeable about the Word of God, the needs of children, and the most effective teaching and programming methods.


2)    How many tracks are there?

         The NAD Children’s Ministries Certification has 8 different tracks:

Track 1         Understanding Children

Track 2         Teaching Children

Track 3         Child Evangelism

Track 4         Creative Arts (Drama, Clowning, Puppetry, Praise and Worship, Face Painting, Ballooning)

Track 5        Leadership

Track 6         Ministering to Parents

Track 7         Reaching Pastors and Elders

Track 8        The Presenter


3)    How can one become certified?

         Each track has a theme and each course in the track is related to the theme. There are a total of 10 courses on each track. A minimum of 7 out of the 10 courses will need to be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion. Some courses are mandatory in order to complete certification for that track. Asterisks on the certification brochure will mark those courses. This approach to the certification is designed to make NAD Children’s Ministries Certification attainable and purposeful.


4)    How does the“Creative Arts” track differ from the other tracks?

         The “Creative Arts” certification has 6 different areas: (Drama, Clowning, Puppetry, Praise and Worship, Face Painting, Ballooning). Each area contains 10 courses. In order to receive a certificate of completion for “Creative Arts” 7 out of 10 courses needs to be completed from just 1 of the 6 areas.  An alternative way to receive a certificate of completion for the “Creative Arts” track would be to choose 3 courses from at least 3 of the different areas.


5)    Where can one receive certification training?

         Certification training is given throughout Seventh Day Adventist Unions and Conferences. Our Union and Conference directors provide children’s ministries training throughout the North American Division territories at various times of the year. The tracks are chosen based on the needs of their constituents in their area.

         The Conferences and dates can be found under the heading “Events” in the following link: