Journeying Together

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For church professionals and lay people, The Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events – opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. Led by top-notch seminary faculty, our offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs. At the same time, we see lifelong learning as recreation – time to step out of life’s busy routines and experience renewal of mind, spirit, body, and emotion. We hope you will browse through our website to find out more about opportunities that are available for you.


New Colloquy Announced for Rural Churches and for Latino/a Clergy

About Columbia
January 30, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for the first new programs made possible by a $1 million grant to expand its Pastoral Excellence Program. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment  Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative. The Colloquy for... + Read More
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Being Unconstructively in the Presence of the Sacred

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O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

January 25, 2018—Nothing compares to a contemplative retreat in a monastic setting, surrounded by fellow pilgrims of the spiritual formation program and an authentic monastic community. Trying to capture that ethos once... + Read More
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“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

About Columbia
January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to speed and accessibility. The advent of the smartphone, with its wireless... + Read More
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Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative

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December 22, 2017Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of... + Read More
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Center for Lifelong Learning Provides Online Certificate for Elders

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November 18, 2017—The Presbytery of Wabash Valley based in Rochester, IN recently completed its first course as part of a new effort to provide online education for leaders in local churches. A new Ruling Elder Certificate Program was created by The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA... + Read More
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Trusting the Slow Work of God

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Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Feb 25
Personnel and Leadership


Compass Points Certificate Program

The focus of this class is Christian leadership, which is key to effective camp and conference ministr...

Feb 28


Compass Points Certificate Course

The class will examine multiple aspects of development in the camp and conference setting. Learners wil...

Apr 12
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


Begin your intentional spiritual journey with us.  Register now for
Apr 15


Applications for Guthrie Scholars Program Sept. 24-28, 2018 due in April.

Apply now to be part of Guthrie Schol...

Apr 16
Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood


Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

This course will explore theological doctrines and concepts, wit...

Apr 18
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults


Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. 
Apr 19
“I have room for a second life”: Journeying by Heart with the Poet Rainer Maria Rilke


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Mark Burrows invites us to explore Rilke’s prayers and poetry with our ...

Apr 19
Christian Educator's Think Tank


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 mult...

Apr 30
Beside Still Waters - A Contemplative Retreat


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Renew and refresh! Join us for this Contemplative Retreat at 						

May 01
In Life and in Death: Helping in End-of-Life Issues


Online Course

This five-week online course will examine the hard choices and issues related to critical illness and end-of-life situations....

Jun 04
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate


Online Course

This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate...

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


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice and...

Nov 01
Money and Your Ministry


Online Course

Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret...

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