Encountering God

Cultivating Leaders

Transforming Communities

God is living and active in the world near and far. In academically rigorous classes, we study the work God is already doing, challenging students to imagine what God will do through them and their peers.

We are preparing visionary leaders who bring clarity and direction to their ministries, leaders who dwell in the realm of possibility, choosing to enact what can be instead of settling for what is. Internships are one of the many avenues for students to learn and practice their leadership.

We shape and partner with communities in new, profound, and prophetic ways. We boldly proclaim the Gospel and actively seek God's justice in the church and the world. Campus life includes regular worship, fellowship opportunities, and community meals. Beyond the campus, students unite their education with society's most pressing issues.

thinking of enrolling at Columbia?

Each student at Columbia is a gift to the community with his or her own God-given talents. While many are from the southeastern United States, others are drawn from all corners of the world. Politically and theologically, they represent a diverse spectrum of viewpoints. Yet, all of our students share one essential characteristic: God has called each one to faithful discipleship and leadership in Christ’s Church.

thinking  of enrolling at Columbia?

open quoteThe faculty and staff at Columbia Theological Seminary taught me the importance of leading with love by first seeking understanding.end quote

Myron Krys Florence
Atlanta, GA

Columbia Events

Jul 31
Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews

07/31/2017 - 08/02/2017

This course will provide an overview of major themes...

Aug 07
The Church: A System of Relationships

08/07/2017 - 09/01/2017

Online Course

This course is an introduction to Bowen...

Aug 07
Breathing Fresh Air: A Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy (Bethany Fellows)

08/07/2017 - 08/12/2017

This is a colloquy for mid-career clergy specially designed for the...

Sep 11
Readings in Spiritual Classics

09/11/2017 - 10/06/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

This four-week online...

Sep 18
Leadership in Ministry: Portland – Session II

09/18/2017 - 09/20/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of two sessions...

Sep 25
Leadership in Ministry: Lost River B – Session II

09/25/2017 - 09/27/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of two...

Oct 02
Leadership in Ministry: Boston – Session II

10/02/2017 - 10/04/2017

 A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of...

Oct 15
Texts of Terror

10/15/2017 - 10/18/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

How do troubling texts inform your...

Oct 16
Marriage and the 21st Century Church

10/16/2017 - 11/17/2017

Online Course

Students in this course will explore the biblical,...

Oct 16
Leadership in Ministry: Lost River A – Session II

10/16/2017 - 10/18/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second of two...

Oct 19
Holy Wells and Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality

10/19/2017 - 10/22/2017

We will celebrate the wisdom of Celts from St....

Nov 06
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

11/06/2017 - 11/10/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Jane Vennard leads this experiential...

Nov 06
Contemporary Readings in Youth Ministry and Christian Education

11/06/2017 - 12/01/2017

This four week online course is part of the...

Nov 13
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Session I

11/13/2017 - 11/15/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two...

Jan 08
Your Spiritual Brain: Neurobiology and Faith

01/08/2018 - 02/12/2018

This online course will examine the reciprocal interactions between...

Jan 08
Hidden in Plain Sight: Storytelling for Learning and Transformation

01/08/2018 - 02/02/2018

Online Course

Storytelling can be a source of creative agency...

Feb 01
Sacred Survival: Engaging African American Spirituality

02/01/2018 - 02/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Explore, engage and dialogue with...

Feb 05
Resetting the Table: Including People with Disabilities in Congregational Leadership

02/05/2018 - 03/09/2018

Online Course

This course is designed to invite learners...

Feb 05
Making Love with Scripture: Engaging the Bible for Spiritual Growth and Social Activism

02/05/2018 - 03/16/2018

Online Course

This online course offers participants a different...

Feb 05
2018 Alumni Event

02/05/2018 - 02/07/2018

Save the date for a special alumni event on February 5-7,...

Feb 05
Prayer: Deepening Your Experience with God

02/05/2018 - 03/09/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

Are you seeking something...

Feb 08
On Desire and Flourishing: A Study of Ancient Israelite Wisdom

02/08/2018 - 02/11/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Come and explore the ancient...

Feb 18
Holy Land Pilgrimage

02/18/2018 - 03/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Pilgrimage is one of the...

Apr 19
“I have room for a second life”: Journeying by Heart with the Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

04/19/2018 - 04/22/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Mark Burrows invites us to

Apr 30
Beside Still Waters – A Contemplative Retreat

04/30/2018 - 05/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Renew and refresh! Join us...

May 15
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application Deadline


Certificate in Spiritual Direction

The program of study is designed...

Jun 04
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate

06/04/2018 - 07/06/2018

Online Course

This five-week online course will focus on...

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The Celts: the people "at the end of the world"
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Characteristics of Effective Learning Groups
Our Witness to Christian Love: A Call to the PC(USA)
Growing Through Mission
The "C" Word Journeying Together out now!

10 Perennial Principles About Learning
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