If you are responsible for training and leading acolytes, ChurchNext has a new course especially for you. Serving as acolytes gives children the opportunity to “master” the liturgy. They learn what to expect from the liturgy; why we do what we do at various points in the service; the tools we use; the space in which we worship.

A new Certificate in Acolyte Leadership program is being offered through ChurchNext, taking liturgy leaders and acolyte mentors more deeply into this ministry. The first two courses in the series are now available:

The Ministry of Acolytes 1: A New Order with Roger Speer and Sharon Ely Pearson: For Individuals and For Groups, and

The Ministry of Acolytes 2: How We Worship: For Individuals and For Groups

ChurchNext will be launching three more acolyte training courses this summer to round out the five courses needed to earn the ChurchNext Certificate in Acolyte Leadership. The course titles are: 1) A New Order, 2) How We Worship, 3) Artifacts and Movements, 4) A Tribal Ministry, 5) An Acolyte’s Way of Life.

For more information go to www.churchnext.tv.  ChurchNext is video-based learning platform available to anyone. Most courses have a cost of about $10. If you are new to ChurchNext, there is a useful introduction on the website.


The Rev. Lee Anne Reat serves as Canon for Formation in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.