All Upcoming Events at CTS

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

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 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 and continue to...

Oct 02
Leadership in Ministry: Boston – Session II

10/02/2017 - 10/04/2017

 A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second 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 and continue...

Oct 05
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

10/05/2017 - 10/08/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Immerse yourself in the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program that explores community-based Christian Spirituality. Those who seek to nourish a deeper relationship with God are welcome to participate in any of...

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
Texts of Terror

10/15/2017 - 10/18/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

How do troubling texts inform your sense of God? This course will engage a ‘charitable’ interpretive approach to explore Biblical texts that challenge our theological and ethical understandings. With Ryan Bonfiglio. Montreat Conference Center.

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 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 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 and continue to...

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 and continue to...

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...

Jan 04
Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

01/04/2018 - 01/11/2018

Welcome the New Year amidst the unpredictable beauty of God’s creation. Participants in this eco-travel seminar will sea kayak through the Bahamas learning about environmental ethics.

Click on the Sea kayaking booklet to learn more about deadlines, costs, and...

Jan 08
Your Spiritual Brain: Neurobiology and Faith

01/08/2018 - 02/12/2018

This online course will examine the reciprocal interactions between brain anatomy and physiology, and our life of faith.

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 and transformation in congregational educational ministry. This class will explore how to incorporate storytelling as a spiritual formation practice in educational ministry and communities of care such as prison...

Jan 22
Reformations Then and Now

01/22/2018 - 01/25/2018

Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in conversation with contemporary issues. This conference will include worship, plenary sessions and workshops in honor of the 500th anniversary of “The Reformation” that initiated many subsequent reformations.

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 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.

Feb 05
2018 Alumni Event

02/05/2018 - 02/07/2018

Save the date for a special alumni event on February 5-7, 2018.

A campus reunion event especially for the Classes of ‘92 and ’07, and others are most welcome too!

Together, we will host opportunities for:

continuing education socializing and networking conversations...

Feb 05
Prayer: Deepening Your Experience with God

02/05/2018 - 03/09/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation/ Online Course

Are you seeking something more? Are you restless in your spiritual life? Join Deedra Rich for this 5-week exploration of prayer and spiritual practices.


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 understanding of desire—its metaphors, objects, promises and perils—and consider how the sages’ insistence on the value and vitality of desire may inform our own searches for personal and communal wellbeing.

Feb 15
Fostering Personal Change

02/15/2018 - 02/16/2018

This workshop digs deeper into the concept called “Immunity to Change,” a term used to describe a well-organized autonomous immune system trying to keep us safe. Fostering Personal Change provides a robust tool for overcoming our own immunity to...

Feb 18
Holy Land Pilgrimage

02/18/2018 - 03/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Pilgrimage is one of the oldest and most important spiritual disciplines. It begins with the soul’s longing, a sacred seeking of new terrain and spiritual meaning. This journey is the capstone for the Certificate in...

Feb 25
Personnel and Leadership

02/25/2018 - 02/28/2018

Compass Points Certificate Program

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...

Feb 28

02/28/2018 - 03/03/2018

Compass Points Certificate Course

The class will examine multiple aspects of development in the camp and conference setting. Learners will explore fund development as well as staff, volunteer, and board development. The class will conclude with study of a...

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...

Apr 19
Christian Educator’s Think Tank

04/19/2018 - 04/20/2018

Practitioner educators rarely have the luxury of engaging in the act of reflection they provide for others in their contexts. Congregational education ministry can be a lonely enterprise, even in multi-staff congregations. This “think tank” gathers innovative congregational Christian educators...

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 explore Rilke’s prayers and poetry with our hearts. Image, gesture and memory guide our glance into the well of our deep experience of ‘self.’ Rilke and poets like him speak...

Apr 30
Beside Still Waters – A Contemplative Retreat

04/30/2018 - 05/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Renew and refresh! Join us for this Contemplative Retreat at Sacred Heart Monastery. Writings of the Psalmists, Saints and Desert Mothers and Fathers will inspire our contemplation. Led by Chris Glaser and Debra...

Apr 30
Creating and Caring for Communities of Just Practice: Strategies and Tools for Becoming Culturally Diverse, Anti-Racist, Welcoming Communities of Equity and Inclusion

04/30/2018 - 05/02/2018

This event will introduce “best practices” for creating, equipping, and leading communities of just practice in which participants will develop the capacity to engage in difficult conversations on race, privilege, and power for the transformation of the communities they...

May 15
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 2018-2020 cohort will be accepted until May 15, 2018.

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 the role and function of the pastoral associate or program staff in the congregational context. Because most children’s and youth ministers work in the congregational setting as associates, they must understand...