All Upcoming Events at CTS

Apr 24
Leadership in Ministry: Lost River B – Session I

04/24/2017 - 04/26/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two sessions in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more or apply here.

Apr 25
Benefits Connect – Atlanta (Board of Pensions Seminar)


This is a one-day gathering about benefits for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations and other employers sponsored by the Board of Pensions. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, ask questions during a Q-and-A...

Apr 25
POSTPONED Alumni Association Annual Meeting 2017


Details for the re-scheduled meeting will be posted and e-mailed as soon as they are set.

Apr 27
Come See Columbia Day 2017


On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Presbyterian Women will visit with students, faculty, and other CFC members on the beautiful Columbia campus. This year’s gathering will include fellowship, inspiring worship, delicious food, and campus tours. Make plans to attend and share in this...

May 01
Leadership in Ministry: Portland – Session I

05/01/2017 - 05/03/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two sessions in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more or apply here.

May 02
Evangelism and Social Justice (Thompson Scholars 2017)

05/02/2017 - 05/05/2017

For a full description of the Thompson Scholar program, click here. The May 2017 seminar is no longer receiving applications.

May 02
Devotional Writing

05/02/2017 - 06/09/2017

An Online Course

Designed for writers with a serious interest in exploring the genre of devotional writing, this course of six weeks will study a present a series of topics, discussions with others and writing prompts. With Melissa Tidwell and Beth Waltemath.

May 06
Take Steps for Peace: World Labyrinth Day Celebration


Celebrate World Labyrinth Day at Columbia Theological Seminary. This free event is open to anyone who loves labyrinths or wants to know more about the practice of labyrinth walking.

May 15
Leadership in Ministry: Boston – Session I

05/15/2017 - 05/17/2017

 A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two sessions in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more or apply...

May 19
2017 Commencement Weekend Schedule

05/19/2017 - 05/20/2017

Friday, May 19 10:00 am Commencement Rehearsal Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

12:30 pm Picnic on the Quadrangle Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA Reservations required

6:30 pm Baccalaureate Service Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA Preacher: Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational...

Jun 01
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application Deadline


Certificate in Spiritual Direction

The program of study is designed for individuals who discern a call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Applications for the 2017-2019 cohort will be accepted until June 1, 2017.

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 found in Hebrews and prepare participants to use the 2017-2018 Horizons Bible Study, Cloud of Witnesses, in women’s circles, church school or small group bible studies.

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 Bethany Fellows, a peer-learning community of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Participants are limited to members of this learning community by invitation.

Sep 11
Readings in Spiritual Classics

09/11/2017 - 10/06/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

This four-week online course will invite reflection and dialogue based on excerpts from several spiritual classics. Weekly prompts are intended to encourage and challenge personal spiritual formation.


Sep 25
Guthrie Scholars 2017

09/25/2017 - 09/29/2017

The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. For additional information, including a link to the application, see

Oct 10
Yes, And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change

10/10/2017 - 10/12/2017

We will explore some of the biblical stories of a God who works with us in creative, surprising ways, learn and practice several principles of improvisation, and see how they guide us toward faithful lives as leaders of congregations.

Oct 15
Biblical and Theological Foundations

10/15/2017 - 10/18/2017

Compass Points Certificate Class

This course will explore biblical foundations, methods of interpretation and resources for scriptural study within the unique context of camp and conference ministry.

Oct 16
Marriage and the 21st Century Church

10/16/2017 - 11/17/2017

Online Course

Students in this course will explore the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of marriage and consider the how the 21st century church should respond to the realities of contemporary society.

Oct 17
Growing Into Tomorrow…Today (Board of Pensions Retirement Planning Seminar)

10/17/2017 - 10/18/2017

Planning for retirement can be challenging. This free-two-day seminar is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and their guests who are planning to retire within the next fifteen years. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2017. For...

Oct 18
Program Design and Implementation

10/18/2017 - 10/21/2017

Compass Points Certification Course

Learners in this course will encounter a variety of models of teaching, as well as methods of curriculum and program development, implementation, and evaluation in a camp and conference setting.

Oct 19
Getting in Shape Fiscally (PCUSA Board of Pensions Financial Planning Seminar)


How “fiscally fit” are you? This free one-day seminar is for members, seminarians, and guests looking to get their fiscal house in order. It’s an introduction to Board seminars and general financial planning. Registration for this seminar will open in...

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. Patrick to C.S.Lewis, engaging contemporary themes such as hospitality, pilgrimage and the sacredness of nature. With Carl McColman. Montreat Conference Center.

Nov 06
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

11/06/2017 - 11/10/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Jane Vennard leads this experiential class which will include prayer, small groups, individual reflection and silence as well as presentations and discussion.

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 “Contemporary Readings Series” for persons interested in deepening their understanding of contemporary issues in Christian Education.

Nov 13
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Session I

11/13/2017 - 11/15/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two sessions in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more or apply here.

Nov 15
Flint River V: Coaching Skills for Pastoral Leadership: A Workshop by Laurie Ferguson for the Flint River Presbytery

11/15/2017 - 11/17/2017

This event will introduce participants to coaching skills and give them an opportunity to practice these skills using case studies and examples from their congregations.  It is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the...

Feb 01
Sacred Survival Engaging African American Spirituality

02/01/2018 - 02/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Explore, engage and dialogue with the distinct and rich African American spiritual traditions. Open to all who wish to enrich their spiritual journey through stories, songs, and rituals as a source of hope and healing.

Feb 02
Resetting the Table: Including People with Disabilities in Congregational Leadership

02/02/2018 - 03/05/2018

Online Course

This course is designed to invite learners into dynamic conversations about why and how congregations and other organizations are including people with intellectual disabilities into leadership roles.

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 way of approaching the biblical text for spiritual nourishment and sociopolitical activism.

Apr 16
Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood

04/16/2018 - 04/18/2018

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

This course will explore theological doctrines and concepts, with a focus on how these relate to older adulthood. Using Scripture, creeds and confessions and drawing upon assigned we will reflect theologically on our present,...

Apr 18
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults

04/18/2018 - 04/20/2018

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. This course will explore how congregations and other communities of faith can engage in conversations and practices that will...