The Center for Lifelong Learning offers three leadership programs
that lead to certification. Most certification courses are offered
on the seminary campus, in Decatur, GA, with scheduling convenient
for working participants. There are no academic prerequisites for
admission to the programs, and there is no time limit on completion
of the coursework. Most courses are open to participants who do
not wish to complete a certification program.
Christian Spiritual Formation
For both laypersons and ministers, this program is designed to develop
skills in offering spiritual leadership to others. The curriculum
includes an introductory “immersion” experience, six
elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. Coursework is typically
completed in three to five years, and as many as three elective
courses may be completed at our partner institution, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Youth Ministry Leadership
This certification program is designed for youth leaders
and pastors who are committed to developing strong church youth
programs. The curriculum includes two weekend retreats and six weekend
The YMLI certificate program is currently under evaluation and revision. Please check the list of course and events for programs such as these listed, below, and others as they are added.
April 11-13, 2013 - Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding Life of Discipleship,
Sept. 13-14, 2013 Parents as Christian Educators on the Frontlines
Jan. 2014 – dates TBA – BIG IDEAS for Youth Ministry
Lay Leadership Training Program for Immigrants
This certification program for lay leaders of immigrant fellowships and congregations is designed to provide instruction in the beliefs, liturgy, and polity of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The program has been offered in three languages—Korean, Spanish, and English. The program is currently under evaluation and revision. Updated information will be posted when available.
Compass Points (A Certification Program for Camp and Conference Leaders)
Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) have developed a certification program for camp and conference leaders. Participants who successfully complete all eight courses, offered at the seminary, as pre-events at PCCCA Annual Conferences in the fall, and as an independent study, will receive a certificate at the conclusion of their studies. For additional information about the scope of the program, click here.