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Jul 09
The Hidden Lives of Congregations

07/09/2018

Online Course

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.

Jul 15
APPLICATION FOR COLLOQUY FOR LATINO/A CLERGY

07/15/2018

Applications for the Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy September 17-19, 2018 and February 18-20, 2019 are due July 15, 2018.

Apply now to be apart of this Colloquy for clergy who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation,...

Jul 15
APPLICATION FOR COLLOQUY FOR CLERGY IN RURAL CHURCHES

07/15/2018

Applications for the Colloquy for Rural Church Clergy August 6-8, 2018 and February 11-13, 2019 are due July 15, 2018.

Apply now to be apart of this Colloquy for clergy who are seeking to participate in a professional formative...

Jul 23
God’s Promise: I Am With You (2018-19 Horizons Bible Study Leader Preparation Course)

07/23/2018

Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the upcoming Horizon’s Bible Study, will prepare participants to use the study in their circles, small groups or church school classes. The focus of this year is one circumstances in which God’ articulated God’s...

Jul 26
Blessed at the Broken Places

07/26/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

J. Marshall Jenkins leads this class that explores biblical spirituality as a resource for people of faith experiencing emotional pain.

Sep 10
Living Prayer: The Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy

09/10/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation Online Course

Carl McColman leads this class focused on ordinary habits and practices that can nurture faith and spiritual growth. The class will look at ‘liturgy’ for personal use with an eye toward sharing n...

Sep 13
Just Worship: Toward a Vibrant and Faithful Future

09/13/2018

This conference will explore vibrant and faithful worship that is informed by but not limited to the Reformed tradition, paying attention to how worship embodies and shapes us for justice.

Sep 17
An Introduction to the Old Testament

09/17/2018

Online Course

This six-week online course provides a brief introduction to the Old Testament. Through the synthetic approach, you will grasp the big picture of the OT which will help in understanding details in your continuing study of the...

Sep 17
Leadership in Ministry: Portland Second Session II

09/17/2018

This is the second of two session in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two session (spring and fall) but the program, by design, is an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more and continue to registration.

Sep 24
Guthrie Scholars 2018

09/24/2018

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 https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/special-programs/guthrie-scholars/

Sep 24
Leadership in Ministry: B Session II

09/24/2018

This is the second of two session in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two session (spring and fall) but the program, by design, is an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more and continue to registration.

Sep 28
The Soul and the Breath

09/28/2018

Spirituality Program

Spiritual Directors will enjoy this half-day workshop exploring the layers of the soul. Presenter Steven Gold will lead a guided meditation practice and discuss the significance of the breath in coming to an experience and understanding of the...

Oct 01
Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth

10/01/2018

Online Course

This five-week online course examines issues and challenges of ministering with and to LBTQIA youth and their families. Participants will explore effective and practical ways to minister, as well as gain insights in helping congregations address ministry to...

Oct 01
Leadership in Ministry: Boston Session II

10/01/2018

This is the second of two session in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two session (spring and fall) but the program, by design, is an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more and continue to registration.

Oct 04
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

10/04/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

This is the Spirituality program’s foundational retreat, introducing participants to classic spiritual practices and Christian understandings. The weekend includes plenary and prayer sessions, and personal reflection. This retreat is open to anyone seeking a closer...

Oct 08
Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses

10/08/2018

The Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses provide a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced termination, or for those in conflicts possibly leading to termination. Through...

Oct 15
Leadership in Ministry: A Session II

10/15/2018

This is the second of two session in this cohort. Each annual workshop meets for two session (spring and fall) but the program, by design, is an ongoing leadership development program. Learn more and continue to registration.

Oct 18
A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

10/18/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice and hope. Dr. Stanley P. Saunders leads this class that will explore New Testament images of temple and creation to inspire...

Oct 21
Spiritual Direction in Context

10/21/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

This seminar will explore and practice the basic tenets of spiritual direction – presence, deep listening and discernment – and then transfer them to other areas of ministry. This is the first residency for the

Oct 22
Leadership in Ministry: Kansas City Session I

10/22/2018

The Leadership in Ministry Workshop in Kansas City is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program meeting at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring).

Oct 30
Growing Into Tomorrow…Today (PCUSA Board of Pensions Retirement Planning Seminar)

10/30/2018

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 2018....

Nov 01
Money and Your Ministry

11/01/2018

Online Course

Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret and reframe their understanding about money in the congregation, and, approach the issue of money in the church from...

Nov 01
Getting in Shape Fiscally (PCUSA Board of Pensions Financial Planning Seminar)

11/01/2018

 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...

Nov 05
Third Act Seminar and Luncheon (Sponsored by the Board of Pensions of the P.C. (U.S.A. for plan members))

11/05/2018

The Third Act Colloquium is designed to provide retired Board of Pensions plan members, surviving spouses, and guests, with an opportunity to engage topics of interest to those in their “third act” of life and to fellowship with colleagues on...

Nov 08
Living a Spirituality of Hope: Embracing Its Challenges and Practices

11/08/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. leads this class focusing living the meaning of hope in personal experience and social transformation in the face of difficult realities.

Nov 12
Leadership in Ministry Atlanta Session I

11/12/2018

The Leadership in Ministry Workshop in Atlanta is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program meeting at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring).

Nov 14
Resilience and Ministry: A Workshop by Laurie Ferguson for the Flint River Presbytery

11/14/2018

This seminar will focus on the topic of resilience and ministry, building on the discussion begun last year about coaching and leadership in ministry.  It is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Flint...

Dec 15
Tell Me Your Story and I’ll Know Why I Should Come to Your Church (Thompson Scholars 2019)

12/15/2018

Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2018. (link to application https://form.jotform.com/80814849831970) for this interactive seminar focusing on the power of telling the story of your congregation, faith community or other ministry setting.  Using readily- available tools – cell phones...

Jan 24
Enneagram: Personality and Spirituality

01/24/2019

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Sandra C. Smith leads this workshop designed to help you understand your Enneagram personality style, the nuances and complexities that serve as barriers to our hearts. This helps waken us to live with the possibility...

Jan 29
Welcoming Our Transgender and Non-Binary Neighbors

01/29/2019

Transgender and non-binary people are coming out at higher rates than ever before. This engaging and highly interactive seminar is for all religious professionals and lay people who are wanting to make their churches or programs more trans friendly. ...

Feb 01
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation

02/01/2019

Online Course

Using the book by Woody Jenkins by the same title, this course will focus on helping clergy and laypersons explore the challenges of pastoral leadership in a dying congregation. Author and instructor Jenkins will share his own wisdom...

Feb 04
2019 Alumni Reunion

02/04/2019

 

Save the Date! ALUMNI REUNION February 4-6, 2019

Feb 04
Creation and Connection: An Introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality

02/04/2019

Online Course/ Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Join Art Wright for this class exploring the rich traditions of Celtic Christian spirituality throughout the ages. See how these traditions led people to encounter God in their historical contexts, and consider what...

Mar 04
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Youth Christian Education (Online Course)

03/04/2019

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. This year’s focus is on the Christian education of youth.

Mar 13
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults

03/13/2019

Older Adult Ministry Course

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...

Apr 23
Tell Me Your Story and I’ll Know Why I Should Come to Your Church (Thompson Scholars 2019)

04/23/2019

Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2018. (link to application https://form.jotform.com/80814849831970)

This interactive seminar focusing on the power of telling the story of your congregation, faith community or other ministry setting.  Using readily- available tools...

Apr 29
Writing Together in Creative Community: An Online Workshop

04/29/2019

Online Course

Writing Together in Creative Community is an invitation to find an online group of writers who will write and share ideas together. A writing community is a great way to make writing a regular spiritual practice, get some...

May 12
Discerning Forgiveness

05/12/2019

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Marjorie Thompson guides this class in a deep conversation exploring forgiveness in the Christian life. The class will discuss several interpretations of forgiveness, discern complexities of timing and circumstance, and engage in key practices to...

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