Growing Together

Here you’ll find talks, trainings and resources for professional development video and podcasts, webinars and workshops, courses, conversations designed to develop leaders for the 21st century church.

God In My LifeShared Reading

Join faith formation leaders from  around the conference in reading and reflecting on monthly selections.  Then join the conversation to share insights, creativity and best practices so that we might grow together.

Shared Reading


Trainings & Talks

Take a look at these local, regional, and national programs to help you expand your ministry with children and youth.  We invite lay leaders and clergy to take advantage of these opportunities to sharpen skills and engage in collaboration with colleagues.

Growing Together List

Here is a list of many opportunities for leaders to develop and grow in their capacities for ministry with children, youth and adults. This list is curated by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team and CT Conference staff members Karen Ziel and Debby Kirk.  It is updated quarterly.  Download this PDF and reference these offerings as you discern what's right for you! 


  • Vibrant Faith Institute - 21st Century Faith Formation Certificate from Vibrant Faith Ministries                                           New Courses begin three times each year- January, April and September.  Six full courses in a two-year cycle- Watch for information on regional clusters.  If you are a student and would like Karen Ziel to serve as your learning guide, contact her at the Conference office.  To read the testimonials of two students, click here!

  • FAITH FORMATION COURSES FOR ALL: and for those pursuing the Christian Educators' Certification Program - MACUCC
    Open to all who want to further their understanding and practice of faith formation. NOW! You can join a CT cohort here in the Leadership Studio of the CT Conference UCC and save time and travel!  CT leaders are now invited to register for these classes as Virtual Course participants. CT participants may register and join a group of leaders in Hartford at 125 Sherman ST. to learn, for fellowship and conversation.  For Faith Formation Virtual Classes, the following dates only apply for this year: 1/12/19, 3/9/2019 and 4/6/2019.    For more information contact Karen Ziel.  Register here and indicate your are from the CT Conference.  The next classes will be held on JANUARY 12, 2019 and MARCH 9, 2019. 


  •  Youth Ministry Institute- Yale Divinity School  “Lunch and Learn”  FREE! 12:00 to 1:30 PM on the first Wednesday of the month


  • Super Saturday - A shared ministry of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Conferences   The next event will be held on OCTOBER 20 at the O'Keefe Regional High School, Framingham, MA.  The keynote speaker is the Dr. David Csnios, author, professor and researcher - founder of the Faith Forward Events and movement.