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Lifelong Learning

The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Date: 4/13/2015 - 4/15/2015

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN OLDER ADULT MINISTRY

This course will explore practical ways that our congregations, families, and caregivers can adapt and respond to age-related changes in body, mind and spirit in order to enhance the well-being and quality of life among older people.

Leader: Mary Ann Johnson

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The Church: A System of Relationships. An Introduction to Bowen Systems Theory and Congregational Leadership

Date: 4/14/2015 - 5/8/2015

This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congregational context and to congregational leadership.  Through formal guided discussions; reflecting on personal experience; and examining latent theological ideals of congregation, Church, and leadership, participants will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles. This is an online course

Instructor: Israel Galindo

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Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Date: 4/16/2015 - 4/18/2015

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN OLDER ADULT MINISTRY

Teaching and learning methods that enhance engagement in, and ownership of, the learning process are as important for older adults as they are for all ages. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider application to and adaptations for older adults.

Leader: Joyce MacKichan Walker

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Thompson Scholars 2015 - Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development - Application Deadline Extended to JAN. 9, 2015

Date: 4/21/2015 - 4/24/2015

Thompson Scholars 2015 will explore the topic, “Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development." This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., associate professor of ministry at the seminary, will lead the seminar, assisted by Rev. David I. Neville, Jr., D.Min, Rev. Jin S. Kim, D.Min., and Rev. Sara Hayden.

This year’s seminar is designed for those new to church planting and development, or who are tasked with organizing a new worshipping community or revitalizing an existing community. This is an application-based program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until we reach maximum enrollment. For an application form click here. The application deadline is January 9, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 15, 2015. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars. For additional information, including a link to the application, click HERE.

Praying with Julian of Norwich

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Date: 4/23/2015 - 4/26/2015

The fourteenth-century anchoress and teacher of prayer has, in our own era, become recognized as one of Christianity’s most masterful and comforting spiritual guides, as witnessed, for example, by Paulist Press’s choice of her Revelations of Divine Love to initiate its important series of the Classics of Western Spirituality.  During a 24-hour period of serious illness, Julian was drawn into an intense sixteen-part dialogue with Christ on the Cross, during which He “showed” or “revealed” seminal truths which she was to proclaim to all her “fellow Christians.”  These were not new ideas, but rather core truths that had become neglected during the past centuries, some of which indeed seemed to contradict some of the major emphases of the Christianity of her era.

By reading carefully the Long Text of Julian’s Revelations, this class will examine and  meditate on those key insights into God’s relationship to Creation as revealed to her expressly for the sake of us, those “fellow Christians” of whom she is so aware--God’s non-condemnatory love and goodness constantly active in all that exists; humankind’s partnership with God through life in the Trinity; God as Mother, courteous, familiar, easy to be with; and Jesus’ astounding promise to the whole world “that all shall be well.”

Instructor:
Dewey Kramer
Location: Montreat Conference Center, lodging information here

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Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

Date: 5/4/2015 - 5/6/2015

This event is full as of 3/26/15. Additional interested persons may elect to be placed on a waiting list and notified in the event of a cancellation. 

If you do a quick survey of any Bible passage, you’ll find that the verbs dominate. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. Dr. Anna Carter Florence puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters. What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

Instructors:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall, Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, assisted by Rev. Khalia Williams, Chapel Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Worship and Preaching.

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Want to stay for an entire week for independent study/worship planning? See extended stay housing option, or indicate on registration form number of additional nights (departure Friday, May 8).

Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

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

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Come to the Waters

(PW Horizons Bible Study - Weekday)

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

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New Course: Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy

Pastoral Excellence Program

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

(Horizons Bible Study - Weekend)

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

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Using Dialogical Learning in Bible Study: Moving from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side

An Online Course

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

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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 

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Compass Points Courses: Articulating our Mission, Role and Value and 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 joel@pccca.net 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).

Questions?  Contact Joel Winchip, PCCCA Executive Director, at joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232.

Life is a Sacred Story: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future with Sacred Journaling

Certificate in Spiritual Formation (An Online Course)

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

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Spirituality Program 20th Anniversary Celebration

Date: 9/18/2015 - 9/20/2015

Keynote Speaker: Rodger Nishioka

Details and registration coming soon!


 

Guthrie Scholars Learning Cohort 2015

Date: 9/21/2015 - 9/25/2015

The application process for the 2015 Cohort closed as of March 5. 

The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis.  Selected applicants are invited to campus to pursue their topic of choice focusing on a pressing issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The program covers the cost of a single room and meals in the dining hall during the week. Applications reviewed as they are received, and enrollment is limited. Additional information including the program brochure may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars

Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Children and Children’s Ministries

An Online Course

Date: 10/3/2015 - 10/30/2015

This course is part of an online series (“Contemporary Readings Series”) for persons interested in developing their understanding of contemporary issues in Christian Education. Through selected readings in the literature, studies, and writings of contemporary writers and researchers in the field of Christian Education, participants will review current topics and trends that impact and inform ministry practice. This year’s focus is on children, faith formation, and children’s ministries.

Instructor: Israel Galindo

Details and Registration Coming Soon!

Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Date: 10/8/2015 - 10/11/2015

Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday evening - Sunday afternoon course, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Christian spirituality from the Reformation onward. The schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. You will also get to know fellow participants in small group and one-on-one settings, which will support your practical application of the knowledge acquired over the course.

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary
Instructor: CTS Faculty

Landscapes of Renewal

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Date: 10/22/2015 - 10/25/2015

Scholars have only recently appreciated how the natural landscape of ancient Palestine helped to shape the language of Scripture. Through guided study, open discussion, and meditative practice, we will as pilgrims explore these ancient landscapes with an eye toward discerning the underlying values and hopes that shaped them for what they are. We will learn how to "see" the biblical text, to encounter the text visually, and in so doing begin to shape our own landscapes of renewal and hope for today.

Leader: Bill Brown

Location: Montreat Conference Center

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Growing Into Tomorrow…Today (PCUSA Board of Pensions Retirement Planning Seminar) Housing and Meals Registration

Date: 10/27/2015 - 10/28/2015

Planning for retirement can be challenging. This free-two day seminary is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and guests planning to retire within the next fifteen years. Look beyond finances to inform, educate, and inspire a journey toward wholeness in retirement. Seminar attendees will:

  • Identify key questions for discernment;
  • Assess their finances, options for saving before retirement, and reasonable expectations for retirement living;
  • Define and discuss retirement healthcare and housing options; and
  • Create their next steps in life balance, relationships, housing, health and finances

 

The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist and retirement planning consultants. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2015. For questions, please contact Board University at education@pensions.org or 800-773-7752, extension 7223.

NOTE: Following registration through the Board of Pensions, participants will receive detailed instructions about how to register for housing and meals.

Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Team 

Render Unto Caesar Housing and Meals Registration

(Board of Pensions Seminar)

Date: 10/29/2015

Terms of call and clergy taxes can be complicated. This free one-day seminar is for those involved in church finances. Addressing how to structure terms of call to be more cost-effective and to clarify clergy tax issues, it’s designed for church treasurers, business administrators, active clergy, and session or mid council leaders. Participants will be able to:

  • Find Board resources to assist you in their role;
  • Summarize Traditional Program benefits coverage and options;
  • Define clergy tax and housing allowance basics;
  • Recognize the benefits of reimbursements versus allowances;
  • Illustrate structuring terms of call and calculating effective salary; and
  • Identify the benefits of saving for retirement with the 403 (b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2015. For questions, please contact Board University at education@pensions.org or 800-773-7752, extension 7223.

NOTE: Following registration through the Board of Pensions, participants will receive detailed instructions about how to register for housing and meals.

Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Specialist

Ignatian Spirituality

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Date: 11/9/2015 - 11/13/2015

This is a retreat experience introducing the posture, elements and purpose of the Ignatian Exercises.  We will acquaint ourselves with the person of Ignatius, explore the ‘Principle and Foundation’ of his spiritual exercises, experience the rhythm of ‘the weeks’ and engage the practice of particular exercises: silence, colloquy, discernment and contemplation. This is an experiential learning context for persons to get a ‘taste’ of the exercises and discern if the exercises are a path they feel called to fully engage.  

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Instructor: Jim Dant

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Leadership in Ministry Workshop (Atlanta)

Date: 11/16/2015 - 11/18/2015

Dates:     Session I - Nov. 16-18, 2015
               Session II – March 7-9, 2016

The Center for Lifelong Learning will host a second cohort for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2015. Participants will learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts and explore the theological implications of these concepts. This program is comprised of two three-day sessions (fall and spring). Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. 

The Program fee of $550 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday). Thanks to a generous grant, two nights of housing are provided for each session.

Registration for the 2015-16 Cohort will open in May, 2015.

Flint River III: Our Stories, Ourselves (Bowen Family Systems in Literature and Life)

A Workshop with Ronald W. Richardson for the Flint River Presbytery

Date: 11/18/2015 - 11/20/2015

The subjective exercise of writing fiction, whether as prose or poetry, can help enlighten us in a more objective way about our own life and ministry. Authors of this work may offer a perspective we have not thought of before. It is also useful to think of our own lives as stories. We are the authors of these stories. Unlike any novel or poem written by others, we are free to change that story and create a new, maybe happier ending. Using two suggested resource books for additional insight, we will continue what we began in our last meeting with our family of origin presentation and our case studies. This event is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Presbytery. 

Leader: Ron Richardson

Save the Dates: Diana Butler Bass to lead January Seminars

Date: 1/19/2016 - 1/21/2016

Details and Registration information to follow in the spring 2015.

Metaphors, Imagination, and the Art of the Psalms

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Date: 1/28/2016 - 1/31/2016

Instructor: Ryan Bonfiglio 

Details and registration coming soon!

Finance for Churches

An Online Course

Date: 2/1/2016 - 3/11/2016

This online program is for congregational leaders, committee members, staff, and clergy who provide leadership in the congregation’s financial ministry. This will be a six week online course addressing the needs of congregational leaders to understand and provide effective, efficient, and excellent ways to implement church finances to support the ministries of the congregation. The focus of this course is practical knowledge and best practices related to church finance. Early registration discount through October 1, 2015.

Instructors: Steve Law, Principle, at Financial Leadership for Churches, and, Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Details and Registration Coming Soon!

Spirituality in the Smartphone Age

Date: 2/16/2016 - 2/18/2016

Some commentators praise the power of technology to help us organize and connect. Others say the Internet is decimating our attention spans and weakening our relationships in real life. The truth is somewhere in between. This workshop will give participants a theological grounding to navigate the joys and perils of this continually-evolving digital age, and practical wisdom to apply in the context of their ministry settings. This program is for pastors, Christian educators, and other church leaders charged with helping congregations think critically and live faithfully as 21st century followers of Jesus.

Instructor: MaryAnn McKibben Dana

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Compass Points Certificate Courses: Biblical and Theological Foundations

Date: 2/29/2016 - 3/3/2016

Details and registration coming soon!

Compass Points Certificate Course: Program Design and Implementation

Date: 3/3/2016 - 3/5/2016

Leaders: Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip

Details and registration coming soon!

The Hidden Lives of Congregations

An Online Course

Date: 4/4/2016 - 4/29/2016

This course is a study of the often unseen congregational dynamics the affect the life of a congregation. Special attention will be given to the nature of congregations as a particular model of the Church. By reading the course textbook, The Hidden Lives of Congregations by Israel Galindo, participating in formal guided discussions, reflecting on their personal experience, and examining latent concepts and assumptions about congregations, Church, and leadership, students will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles.

Instructor: Israel Galindo 

Details and Registration coming soon! 


Spiritual Formation and Older Adults

(Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)

Date: 4/11/2016 - 4/13/2016

The last third of life presents some of life’s great spiritual challenges. This course explores the journey of aging as a series of stable periods and transitions, each with spiritual, theological and ethical issues—aging and frailty, taking responsibility, finding meaning, being in relationships, leaving a legacy, facing diminishment and death.

Instructor: Henry C. Simmons, PhD

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Theological Reflections and Affirmations during Older Adulthood

(Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)

Date: 4/14/2016 - 4/16/2016

This course will explore a number of theological concepts, with a particular focus on how these relate to older adulthood, including the following: heaven; resurrection; the realm of God’s rule; guilt and forgiveness; bereavement; the nature of body/soul; cremation vs. burial or donation of body to science; organ donation; medical ethics related to end-of-life issues; aging as God’s plan for human life; and the church as a caring and supporting community. Using Scripture, creeds and confessions and drawing upon the assigned readings in Christian Doctrine (revised edition), we will reflect theologically on our present, and past, understanding of these concepts. 

Instructor: Rev. Marvin Simmers, Ed.D.

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Thompson Scholars 2016

Topic to be announced spring 2015

Date: 4/26/2016 - 4/29/2016

Leader: Ralph Watkins and other

For general information about the Thompson Scholars Program, visit www.ctsnet.edu/thompson-scholars.