APCE Annual Event 2019 | Certification Course Information

Worship and Sacraments Certification Course
February 4-6, 2019

Prior to convening of APCE Annual Event, Galveston, TX

Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski

Course Description

This course will:

  • Engage students in an exploration of the history and practices of Christian worship and sacraments – especially as they have been understood and practiced in the Reformed tradition.
  • Familiarize students with Presbyterian Church (USA) resources for worship/sacrament leadership and worship/sacrament education by exploration of both the Directory for Worship of the Book of Order as well as the Book of Common Worship.
  • Require students to integrate their historical knowledge and their familiarity with worship/sacrament resources into congregational leadership in a post-modern context.
  • Orient students to current tensions/conversations in worship styles -particularly as related to music/congregational song.

Course Schedule: This hybrid course involves an online component.

Online Initial Class Meeting (via Zoom) January 3, 2019

  • A complete syllabus is available with dates and assignments upon request and/or registration
  • Class Sessions at the APCE Annual Event Gathering (Galveston)- February 4-6, 2019
  • Final Online Class Meeting (via Zoom) March 7, 2019
  • Class sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and small group integration exercises. Three assignments will be completed prior to arrival, with a final project due 6 weeks after the conclusion of the meeting time in Galveston.

Certification course students are required to participate in all aspects of each course. Successful course completion will include engagement in 30 contact hours of coursework, including online assignments given in hybrid courses.

Registration deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Course Registration cost: $225 Please note that this does not include housing

Questions — contact Renda Brinson

Dr. Michael Waschevski serves as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, TX where he arrived in 1999 after serving churches in Michigan and Texas. At FPC he seeks to nurture the faith of members and visitors alike through worship and music, adult education, spiritual formation, and congregational care.

Michael has served the larger church as a teacher, preacher and workshop leader at numerous conferences and events throughout the denomination. He serves as Adjunct faculty at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition to published articles and essays, he contributed an essay for The Theologically Formed Heart: Essays in Honor of David J. Gouwens. Westminster John Knox Press published Rhythms of Worship, a primer on worship Michael wrote with his father, John Stevens.

​Michael served as Moderator of Grace Presbytery in 2010. He also served on the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, which produced Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. In addition, Michael has been an Associate Member of the Iona Community (Scotland).

A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (BA in Music), Michael also holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Brite Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.