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Certificate in Spiritual Direction 2015 Cohort
Sept 27-October 2, 2015
March 13-18, 2016
The Certificate in Spiritual Direction is a program for individuals who discern a call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Grounded in the tradition of Christian Spirituality, the curriculum includes four week-long residencies on the CTS campus, online components, individual reading and reflection, and a supervised practicum in the art of spiritual direction. Organized on the cohort model, the certificate is intended to be completed in two and a half years. CLICK HERE to access the application and instructions. Complete information and application link can be found on the seminary website: http://www.ctsnet.edu/Certificate-Spiritual-Direction.
Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes
Date: 7/30/2015 - 8/2/2015
This course is designed for clergy, Stephen Ministers, pastoral caregivers and other people interested in biblical spirituality as a resource for ministering to people in the midst of emotional pain. The beatitudes invite people of faith to find blessing and offer a clear lens for a more hopeful and loving life with God and each other.
Instructor: Marshall Jenkins
Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Come to the Waters
Date: 8/3/2015 - 8/5/2015
This is the popular “author’s course" designed to prepare leaders of the Horizons Bible Study for the coming year. Come to the Waters promises leaders of Presbyterian Women Circles and church school study groups alike nine lessons exploring key references to water in our Scriptures. The rich imagery of water throughout the Bible helps us understand and articulate our faith. Just as water nourishes our bodies, so the scriptures on water nourish our souls. Join Judy Record Fletcher, author of this year’s study, for this event, and explore some of the Bible’s 800 references to water. Early registration and discounts for 2+ from same group available.
Leader: Judy Record Fletcher, author of the 2015 study guide
New Course: Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy
Date: 8/10/2015 - 8/12/2015
Dates: Session I - August 10 - 12, 2015
Session II – January 11 - 13, 2016
This new, application-based program is designed for mid-career clergy (ten to twenty years into full-time ministry). Applicants should desire to participate in a professional formative conversation, to reflect on their vocational experience, and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of mid-career clergy: facing either a normative or unanticipated career transition; standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort; engaging in reflective self-assessment; and finding support among peers.
For an application form, click HERE. The application deadline has been extended to May 5, 2015. Applicants will be selected and notified in May. Enrollment is limited and attendance is required at both sessions. For additional information, including a link to the application, click here.
Instructors: Dr. Betty Pugh Mills, Rev. Jonathan Ball
Come to the Waters
Date: 8/14/2015 - 8/15/2015
This is the popular weekend version of the class designed to prepare leaders of the Horizons Bible Study for the coming year. Come to the Waters promises leaders of Presbyterian Women Circles and church school study groups alike nine lessons exploring key references to water in our Scriptures. The rich imagery of water throughout the Bible helps us understand and articulate our faith. Just as water nourishes our bodies, so the scriptures on water nourish our souls. Come prepare for the year as we explore some of the Bible’s 800 references to water. Early registration and discounts for 2+ from same group available.
Leader: Linda Morningstar
Using Dialogical Learning in Bible Study: Moving from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side
Date: 9/1/2015 - 9/30/2015
Using the book by author and educator Israel Galindo this course will help participants reframe their approach to Bible study in the congregational setting. The dialogical learning method will help participants move from being the “sage on the stage to the guide on the side,” and create a more meaningful learning experience for their learners.
This program is for congregational teachers, clergy, or Bible teachers in other contexts. This online study will guide the participant through the process of learning about and developing the dialogical learning method based on the book by Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, How To Be The Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson). The dialogical method will help teachers change their approach to teaching from teacher-centered to student-focused.
This course begins September 1 and ends September 30, 2015. Early registration discount deadline is August 15, 2015. Register early!
Instructors: Dr. Steven Booth and Dr. Israel Galindo
Writing for Publication with a Spiritual Voice
Date: 9/4/2015 - 9/5/2015
Writing for Publication with a Spiritual Voice is a one-day seminar designed for anyone who wants to understand and contribute to the conversations about spirituality and religious topics that are happening in print and on new media. An optional writing workshop is offered the following morning. This seminar and workshop is intended to gather a community of pastors, theologians, lay people who are drawn to writing as a part of their vocation and aspire to be more widely published or intentional about their published voice.
Leader: Beth Waltemath
Compass Points Courses: Articulating our Mission, Role and Values & Personnel and Leadership
Date: 9/13/2015 - 9/19/2015
Two courses will be held back-to-back during the week of September 13-19 at the Life Enrichment Center, the United Methodist center in Fruitland Park, FL. Participants can take one class or both. For information about these courses, contact Joel Winchip, PCCCA Executive Director, at email@example.com or 803.322.0232 or visit www.compasspointsprogram.org.
Sept. 13-16 Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
This class will focus on the importance of a camp and retreat center’s mission. Course content will include the development, implementation, and articulation of a mission statement. Learners will discover how this statement helps drive and shape all aspect of ministry at a camp and retreat center. This course will be taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow of Agape/Kure Beach Ministries (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and Cat Holbert of Lazy W Ranch (San Juan Capistrano, CA).
Sept. 16-19 Personnel and Leadership
The focus of this class is Christian leadership, which is key to effective camp and conference ministry. Participants will explore staffing models that achieve both programmatic and mission goals. An introduction into human resource issues and staff development will be covered. This course will be taught by Gary Batty of Run River Enterprises and Bill Bourdon of Blowing Rock Conference Center (Blowing Rock, NC).
Life is a Sacred Story: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future with Sacred Journaling
Date: 9/14/2015 - 10/9/2015
Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can also be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, using writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share with others. This is an online course.
Instructors: Carl McColman and Israel Galindo
Learning to Read the Signs of Church Conflict Before it Reaches the Point of No Return
Conflict is a natural part of life in general, and congregational ministry in particular. In and of itself, conflict is not bad, as we know---though not pleasant, admittedly. Every congregational leader, pastor or lay, can expect some level of conflict. However, when conflict gets to the point of no return, much harm is done, some, irreparable and tragic. This one day seminar is led by experts on church conflict from the Ministering to Ministers Foundation. The co-facilitators for this seminar are Dr. Charles Chandler and Dr. Beverley Buston, who will help participants learn to read the signs of church conflict before it reaches the point of no return. This seminar is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Leaders: Charles Chandler and Beverley Buston.