All Upcoming Events at CTS

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
GATHER US IN – 2018 Alumni Reunion

02/05/2018 - 02/07/2018

Save the date for GATHER US IN,  our ALUMNI CELEBRATION on February 5-7, 2018.

We hope all alumni will make plans now to join us for a campus reunion recognizing the Classes of ‘92 and ’07.

Together, we will host...

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 12
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/12/2018 - 04/15/2018

Begin your intentional spiritual journey with us.  Register now for this retreat and introduction to Christian spirituality and classic spiritual practices.

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...