The Division of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials (DCEAC) recognized that Christian education is a part of the pastor's responsibility in the local church. Therefore, the DCEAC designed the PATC to meet the needs of the local pastor as Christian Educator and teacher. The PATC gives the local pastor credentials to teach in various leadership schools, and serves as a motivation to continue the life long process of Christian education. The PATC is designed to introduce the pastor to COPP, to give the pastor greater understanding of the role of the Christian Education Director, and enhance the pastor's teaching skills through the course Creative Ways of Teaching. The program includes a hybrid emphasis of the following components:
Pastors who wish to enroll in the Pastor's Alternative Teacher Certification should do the following:
Upon completion of the PATC program, the pastor becomes certifiable to become an instructor. He will be required to follow all procedures for becoming a certified instructor, as described in chapter two of the Christian Leadership School Manual. The Form 5—Application for Certification of Instructors should be submitted, along with appropriate fees, to the CLS dean when asked to serve in a Christian Leadership School. You can contact the Division of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials if you wish to host a PATC.