Online Certification

The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church sponsors an online certification institute. The Institute provides outstanding advanced professional training and enrichment for United Methodist church administrators. A participant who completes the program and meets the requirements set forth by the General Council on Finance and Administration is eligible to apply for certification as a Professional United Methodist Church Administrator.

The course begins on June 1, 2021 and runs until August 13, 2021 and culminates with the completion of a group assignment in order to become certified. Registration should open April 1, 2021. Please check back for the registration link here.

PAUMCS Online Certification Brochure – PAUMCS 2021 Online Flyer

  • Who should attend?

All United Methodist church administrators, administrative assistants, general agency office personnel, episcopal, district and annual conference office personnel are encouraged to enroll.

  • Certification eligibility

Membership in National PAUMCS is required to enroll in the course (annual dues $50). To become a member, please contact Renee Farrar at Or for more information on becoming a national member, or go to

  • How will you and your church or organization benefit?

The Online PAUMCS Institute is designed to stimulate professional growth and development of each individual. Participants are introduced to business concepts required for understanding the financial operations of the church as well as relationships with the pastor, church employees and members of the congregation. Studying such concepts with professors selected from a strong business school faculty and other experts in the denomination encourages administrators to become better informed and more effective church administrators.

The experience of learning with local church administrators and networking with others in similar office settings provides a broader understanding of the connectional United Methodist church. Church administrators learn the functions of district, conference, agency and episcopal offices, while these various office personnel learn about the many responsibilities of a local church secretary. It is a place to see how all members of the church body are in ministry together.

  • Why become certified?

The 1988 General Conference officially adopted the following legislation:

The General Council on Finance and Administration shall have the authority and responsibility to provide guidance and consultation for continuing education of church secretaries, including establishment of training and certification programs, and to provide assistance to the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries. (2016  Book of Discipline, ¶ 807.18)

Certification recognizes your accomplishment of successfully completing professional training. It enhances your position as a true professional and stimulates the need for continuing education to augment your ministry in the church.

  • What is the cost?

Registration fee for the online Institute is $300. Registration fee scholarships for the Institute are available on a limited basis by written request. This does not include the cost of PAUMCS membership.

  • How long does the course take?

The course is designed to be self-paced.  Each participant has 2 months to complete the course work and group project.  We have seen people complete the course in 2 weeks, and others take the entire 2 months. The course begins on June 1, 2019 and runs until August 31, 2019 and culminates with the completion of a group assignment in order to become certified.

  • How do I register?

Formal registration is sent to members in April.  For more information on how to register, please contact Natalie Valerio at

Questions contact or call 615-369-2320.

Already certified?  Click here to learn how to renew your certification.

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