PAM CERTIFICATION LEVELS & REQUIREMENTS

Certified Colleague in Church Music [CCCM] Requirements

  • Must be working for a Presbyterian Church

  • Must be a member of PAM

  • Must show a commitment to church’s ministry and mission

  • Must document at least four years of work experience in a PC(USA) congregation.

  • Must be committed to continuing education [participation in professional, community denominational and/or ecumenical groups and events]

  • Must submit a 10-minute video recording demonstrating ability to play a hymn, anthem, prelude or postlude or piano, organ, or the applicant's primary instrument. If a conductor, the applicant will submit a video demonstrating ability to rehearse and conduct an anthem. Conductors will also submit a list of representative repertoire selections of various genres and historical eras that the applicant has prepared.

  • Complete Sections I - IV below

SECTION I   The Bible and Reformed Worship:
  1. Participation in at least 30 hours of workshops or classes that deal with aspects of creative worship planning and leadership.

    • No more than 15 class hours may be accumulated at one conference

    • Topics studied should include: Hymnology/Psalmody; Book of Common Worship, The Psalter, Presbyterian Hymnals, and use of the lectionary in planning worship

  2. Attendance at worship services and worship discussion sessions at PAM-related conferences.

  3. Participation in a local or online Bible survey course. Disciple Bible Study, Kerygma, or online courses such as the "Be A Disciple" curriculum are recommended, but there are certainly others that will meet this requirement.

  4. An original essay on the subject of “The Role of Music and the Scripture in Reformed Worship”.

 
SECTION II   Human Faith and Development
  1. Participation in at least five hours or workshops or classes that address aspects of staff relationships, employment in the ministry of music and professional concerns.

  2. Read at least one book in the Music Ministry section of “Suggested Resources in Church Music and Related Fields” (available from the PAM national office) and write an essay responding to and reflecting on the content of the book selected.

  3. Write an essay describing your role as a church musician as it relates to the wider ministry of the church.

 
SECTION III   Polity of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the contents of The Book of Confessions (most current edition) and read the Book of Order, giving particular attention to the Form of Government (G) and the Directory for Worship (W).

  2. Write an essay expressing your understanding of the Presbyterian form of government, of the organization of the local congregation and the lines of authority as your role relates to a particular church.

 
SECTION IV   Continuing Education in Your Area of Expertise (organists, conductors, pianists, guitarists, vocalists)
  1. Participate in at least 15 class hours of workshops in your area of specialization.

  2. Participate in PAM conference activities in your area of specialization.

  3. If possible, participate in a local ensemble.

  4. Take one year of private instruction or coaching.

Alternative Option for Certified Colleague in Church Music [CCCM]

  • Completion of two-year Leadership Program for Musicians [LPM]
    Presbyterian-specific course work.
    Details can be viewed on the website lpm-online.org

  • Must be working in a Presbyterian Church

  • Must be a member of PAM

  • Must show a commitment to church’s ministry and mission

  • Must show commitment to continuing education [participation in professional, community denominational and/or ecumenical groups and events]

Certified Associate in Church Music [CACM] Requirements

  • Must be currently working in or for a Presbyterian Church

  • Must be a member of PAM

  • Must demonstrate a commitment to church’s ministry and mission

  • Must hold at least a bachelor's degree in music or be able to document a minimum of 10 years experience as a church musician.

  • Must be committed to continuing education [participation in professional, community denominational and/or ecumenical groups and events]

  • Must submit a 10-minute video recording demonstrating ability to play a hymn, anthem, prelude or postlude or piano, organ, on the applicant's primary instrument. If a conductor, the applicant will submit a video demonstrating ability to rehearse and conduct an anthem. Conductors will also submit a list of representative repertoire selections of various genres and historical eras that the applicant has prepared.

  • Complete Sections I - IV below

 
SECTION I   The Bible and Reformed Worship:
  1. Documented participation in at least 30 hours of workshops or classes that address aspects of creative worship planning and leadership.

    • No more than 15 class hours may be accumulated at one conference.

    • Topics studied should include: Hymnology/Psalmody; Book of Common Worship, The Psalter, Presbyterian Hymnals, and use of the lectionary in planning worship.

  2. Attendance at worship services and worship discussion sessions at PAM-related conferences.

  3. Participation in a local or online Bible survey course. Disciple Bible Study, Kerygma, or online courses such as the "Be A Disciple" curriculum are recommended, but there are certainly others that will meet this requirement.

  4. An original essay on the subject of “The Role of Music and the Scripture in Reformed Worship”.

 
SECTION II   Human Faith and Development
  1. Participation in at least five hours or workshops or classes that address aspects of staff relationships, employment in the ministry of music and professional concerns.

  2. Read at least one book in the Music Ministry section of “Suggested Resources in Church Music and Related Fields” (available from the PAM national office) and write an essay responding to and reflecting on the content of the book selected.

  3. Write an essay describing your role as a church musician as it relates to the wider ministry of the church.

 
SECTION III   Polity of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the contents of The Book of Confessions (most current edition) and read the Book of Order, giving particular attention to the Form of Government (G) and the Directory for Worship (W).

  2. Write an essay expressing your understanding of the Presbyterian form of government, of the organization of the local congregation and the lines of authority as your role relates to a particular church.

 
SECTION IV   Continuing Education in Your Area of Expertise (organists, conductors, pianists, guitarists, vocalists)
  1. Participate in at least 15 class hours of workshops in your area of specialization.

  2. Participate in conference activities in your area of specialization.

  3. If possible, participate in a local ensemble.

  4. Take one year of private instruction or coaching.

Certified Church Musician [CCM] Requirements

  • Must be working in or for a Presbyterian Church

  • Must be a member of PAM

  • Must show a commitment to church’s ministry and mission

  • Four years work experience in PC(USA)

  • Committed to continuing education [participation in professional, community denominational and/or ecumenical groups and events]

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in music or twenty years experience as church musician

  • Submit a 10-minute video or recording demonstrating your ability to play a hymn, anthem, prelude or postlude. If a conductor, submit a video demonstrating your ability to rehearse and conduct an anthem and submit a list of repertoire selections of various genres and historical eras that you have prepared.

  • Complete Sections I - IV below

 
SECTION I   The Bible and Reformed Worship:
  1. Participation in at least 30 hours of workshops or classes that deal with aspects of creative worship planning and leadership.

    • No more than 15 class hours may be accumulated at one conference.

    • Topics studied should include: Hymnology/Psalmody; Book of Common Worship, The Psalter, Presbyterian Hymnals, and use of the lectionary in planning worship.

  2. Attendance at worship services and worship discussion sessions at PAM-related conferences.

  3. Participation in a local or online Bible survey course. Disciple Bible Study, Kerygma, or online courses such as the "Be A Disciple" curriculum are recommended, but there are certainly others that will meet this requirement.

  4. An original essay on the subject of “The Role of Music and the Scripture in Reformed Worship”.

 
SECTION II   Human Faith and Development
  1. Participation in at least five hours or workshops or classes that address aspects of staff relationships, employment in the ministry of music and professional concerns.

  2. Read at least one book in the Music Ministry section of “Suggested Resources in Church Music and Related Fields” (available from the PAM national office) and write an essay responding to and reflecting on the content of the book selected.

  3. Write an essay describing your role as a church musician as it relates to the wider ministry of the church.

 
SECTION III   Polity of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the contents of The Book of Confessions (most current edition) and read the Book of Order, giving particular attention to the Form of Government (G) and the Directory for Worship (W).

  2. Write an essay expressing your understanding of the Presbyterian form of government, of the organization of the local congregation and the lines of authority as your role relates to a particular church.

 
SECTION IV   Continuing Education in Your Area of Expertise (organists, conductors, pianists, guitarists, vocalists)
  1. Participate in at least 15 class hours of workshops in your area of specialization.

  2. Participate in conference activities in your area of specialization.

  3. If possible, participate in a local ensemble.

  4. Take one year of private instruction or coaching.

 
Procedure for all candidates to complete certification process

  1. Obtain letters verifying degrees and courses completed or certified transcripts from colleges, universities or seminaries.

  2. Complete PAM certification verification forms for each conference attended, listing and validating courses attended.

  3. Prepare DVD or flash drive with required elements (Candidates applying for CCCM status who have completed the LPM program are exempt from this requirement.)

  4. Complete the four essay questions. (Candidates applying for CCCM status who have completed the LPM program are exempt from this requirement.)

  5. Submit items #1-4 above, when completed, to the PAM office, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202

 

All Items should be submitted together when the work is completed. The PAM Membership Development Committee, in consultation with at least one certified member of the organization and the Executive Director will recommend the applicant for final approval to the Executive Board of PAM. A successful candidate will be presented with a CCM, CACM or CCCM certificate. Persons receiving certification who are employed by, but are not members of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., should be aware that presbyteries will not ordinarily grant privilege of voice to individuals who are not members of the denomination.

Certification Renewal

Renewal is required every five years. Certified personas will be notified by mail in January of the renewal year and asked to submit an essay detailing continuing education and other professional activities pursued since original certification or most recent renewal. This essay is due by August 1 of the renewal year. In addition to continuing education and professional activities, continuing employment in a PC(USA) congregation will be documented.

From the PC(USA) Form of Government, adopted in July 2011

G-­2.11   CERTIFIED CHURCH SERVICE

G-­2.1101   Forms of Certified Church Service

Persons may be certified and called to service within congregations, councils, and church-related entities, serving in staff positions. These individuals endeavor to reflect their faith through their work and to strengthen the church through their dedication. They should be encouraged by their session and presbytery to meet, or be prepared to meet, the certification requirements in a handbook provided by a national certifying body approved by the General Assembly. Names of those who have earned certification through a national certifying body shall be transmitted to the appropriate body of the General Assembly, which will forward them to the stated clerk of the presbyteries in which those persons labor.

G-­2.1102   The presbytery shall encourage sessions to make continuing education funds and time available to those seeking certification, and shall affirm the skill and dedication of these certified persons by providing a service of recognition at the time of certification. The presbytery may grant the privilege of voice at all its meetings to persons in certified church service.

 
PAM will notify your Pastor, Clerk of Session and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery when certification and renewal are granted.

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The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) educates, enriches, and engages its membership in humanity’s chief end: to glorify and enjoy God forever.

 

PAM is a national organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for people who are involved in the areas of worship, music, and the arts.

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Louisville, KY 40202

 

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