All Upcoming Events at CTS

Oct 03
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation

10/03/2016 - 10/28/2016

An Online Course

Author Woody Jenkins provides a forum and resource for church leaders for one of the most critical issues facing congregations today: how to help a congregation conclude its ministry life cycle with dignity and meaning.


Oct 05
Governance and Ministry: The Art of Cultivating Staff-Board Partnerships

10/05/2016 - 10/07/2016

This course, led by Dan Hotchkiss, will help leaders develop administrative boards (councils, sessions, vestries, etc.) that delegate effectively, demand high performance, require sound stewardship, and reflect continually on mission and purpose at board meetings and in wider gatherings.

Oct 20
Practicing Sabbath

10/20/2016 - 10/23/2016

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

The goal of this course, led by Ryan Bonfiglio, is to rediscover the purpose, place, and practice of Sabbath in our Christian lives and spiritual formation.

Oct 21
Talking Politics During Polarized Times


This one-day program is for clergy and others who want to think about how to deal with public political issues as a church during the run-up to the 2016 elections. Includes two afternoon workshops, and two keynote addresses.

Oct 24
Preaching the Verbs II

10/24/2016 - 10/26/2016

Dr. Anna Carter Florence and Dr. Khalia Williams return to put a twist on dramatic theory and invite us to see and hear new things in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs.

Oct 31
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Christian Formation

10/31/2016 - 12/02/2016

An Online Course

Part of the Contemporary Reading Series, this course is for those interested in deepening their understanding of contemporary issues in Christian Education. Early-registration discounts available until September 30.

Nov 01
Spiritual Traditions of the Southwest Domestic Pilgrimage

11/01/2016 - 11/13/2016

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

In this pilgrimage we will explore the Desert Southwest in northern New Mexico and engage many of the diverse spiritual traditions that settled there. Learn more about this wonderful pilgrimage opportunity and apply here!

Nov 01
Growing Into Tomorrow, Today

11/01/2016 - 11/02/2016

A Board of Pensions Seminar

This free two ­day seminar is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and guests planning to retire within the next fifteen years.

Nov 03
Render Unto Caesar


A Board of Pensions Seminar

This free one-day seminar is for members of the PC(USA) Board of Pensions and guests involved in church finances.

Nov 07
Growing in Discernment: Attuning our Spiritual Senses

11/07/2016 - 11/11/2016

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

This class, led by Marjorie Thompson, will explore the nature of spiritual discernment, and a number of ways we can open our spiritual sensibilities to the gift of growing clarity, both individually and in small groups.

Nov 14
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Session I

11/14/2016 - 11/16/2016

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 16
Polarization and the Healthier Church: Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life

11/16/2016 - 11/18/2016

A Flint River Presbytery event

Building on many of the strategies offered in his book, Creating a Healthier Church, Ronald Richardson will explore practical strategies based on his own successful approach to guiding church leaders, congregations, and community groups from conflict to understanding.

Dec 28
India Travel Seminar

12/28/2016 - 01/11/2017

This seminar will introduce participants to multiple forms of Christianity in South India.  What can we learn about Christianity from such a context?  How can the encounter with Indian Christian communities enrich and complicate our own Christian self-understanding?

Oct 11
2016 Smyth Lectures with Dr. Mark Allan Powell

10/11/2016 - 10/13/2016

The 2016 Smyth Lectures with take place October 11-13. Our lecturer this year is Dr. Mark Allan Powell, the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and an internationally known biblical scholar. Dr. Powell is editor of the HarperCollins...

Oct 07
Conference for AANATE (Association of Asian/North American Theological Educators)

10/07/2016 - 10/09/2016

The theme of the conference is “Reimagining Alternatives:  Reality, Solidarity, Mentorship” and will take place here at CTS. The conference will feature top speakers and panelists in the area of North American and Asian North American theology and theological education...

Jan 23
Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy: Session II

01/23/2017 - 01/25/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

It is designed for mid-career clergy (15 to 25 years into full time ministry) seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation or to reflect on their vocational experience, and assess their current abilities.

Jan 26
History of Western Christian Spirituality

01/26/2017 - 01/29/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

In this course, led by Catherine Gonzalez, we will study three historic periods in Christianity, and will then consider what is helpful at the present time.

Feb 06
Developing Lay Leaders

02/06/2017 - 02/08/2017

In this course, led by Dr. Eugenia Freiburger, nationally-recognized expert in lay mobilization, participants will learn ways and means for developing and mobilizing lay leaders in the congregation. Learn how your church can develop persons within congregations for leadership roles...

Feb 09
Spirituality of Marginality

02/09/2017 - 02/12/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

This weekend seminar will explore expressions of spirituality emerging from the Asian North American ecclesial communities that have largely been shaped by experiences of marginality, the sense of living in-between two worlds or existing on...

Feb 13
Seven Concepts That Will Change Your Teaching

02/13/2017 - 02/15/2017

This program is for congregational educators—lay teachers, pastors, teaching and program staff who want to be more effective in their teaching. This is a 3 day educational workshop for development in the area of teaching and learning in the congregational context.

Feb 19
Illuminating the Text

02/19/2017 - 02/22/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Led by Anne Laird Jones, at Montreat Conference Center, we will explore the St. John’s Bible, a work of art that unites a medieval Benedictine tradition with modern technology, illuminating the Word of God!

Feb 26
Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value

02/26/2017 - 03/01/2017

Compass Points Certificate Course

SAVE THE DATES! Spring Compass Points courses will be hosted at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, York, SC.

Mar 01
Personnel and Leadership

03/01/2017 - 03/04/2017

Compass Points Certificate Course

SAVE THE DATES! Spring Compass Points courses will be hosted at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, York, SC.

Mar 04
The Enduring Spirituality of Howard Thurman


Spirituality Program Half-Day Retreat

Thurman encouraged people to “center down,” embrace quiet and stillness. In this retreat we will witness with silence, centering prayer, readings, journaling, and connecting with nature the contemplative practices Howard Thurman promoted.

Mar 06
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta, Session II

03/06/2017 - 03/08/2017

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the second 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.

Mar 06
Wisdom and Wit of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

03/06/2017 - 03/31/2017

Online Class/Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Carl McColman shares the stories of the Desert Mothers and Fathers that shine with a sincere desire for humility, recognizing that pride is the greatest obstacle in our relationship with God.

Mar 09
Pastoral Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

03/09/2017 - 03/10/2017

Emotional intelligence is the awareness of and learning how to manage one’s emotions, reactions, and responses to stress and anxiety in interpersonal and corporate relationships. This interactive seminar is for pastors and ministry leaders who want to develop their emotional...

Mar 20
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry

03/20/2017 - 03/22/2017

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

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

Mar 22
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults

03/22/2017 - 03/24/2017

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider application to and adaptations for older adults.

Apr 02
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/02/2017 - 04/05/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Join Jim Dant, Carl McColman and Debra Weir to discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! Montreat Conference Center.

Apr 20
Liturgy of the Hours

04/20/2017 - 04/23/2017

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Countless saints have used this to patiently reshape their lives before God. Paul Lang recovers this ancient but timeless discipline with his own musical compositions to lead us in praying the hours. Montreat Conference Center.

May 01
Devotional Writing

05/01/2017 - 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.

Jun 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 2017-2018 cohort will be accepted until June 15, 2017.

Apr 27
Come See Columbia Day 2017


Please join us as Presbyterian Women gather from the Synods of Living Waters and South Atlantic to celebrate our partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary. Worship will be led by Dr. Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of...

Apr 18
Alumni/ae Association Annual Meeting 2017


Come join us for our 2017 Alumni/ae Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

Feb 05
The Hidden Lives of Congregations

02/05/2018 - 03/02/2018

An Online Course

This course is a study of the often unseen congregational dynamics the affect the life of a congregation.