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Certificate Programs

The Center for Lifelong Learning offers four leadership programs that lead to certification. Most certification courses are offered on the seminary campus, in Decatur, GA, with scheduling convenient for working participants. There are no academic prerequisites for admission to the programs, and there is no time limit on completion of the coursework. Most courses are open to participants who do not wish to complete a certification program.

Christian Spiritual Formation

For both laypersons and ministers, this program is designed to develop skills in offering spiritual leadership to others. The curriculum includes an introductory “immersion” experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. Coursework is typically completed in three to five years, and as many as three elective courses may be completed at our partner institution, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Compass Points (A Certification Program for Camp and Conference Leaders)

Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) have developed a certification program for camp and conference leaders. Participants who successfully complete all eight courses, offered at the seminary, as pre-events at PCCCA Annual Conferences in the fall, and as an independent study, will receive a certificate at the conclusion of their studies. For additional information about the scope of the program, click here.

Spiritual Direction

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction (CSD) is a formation program for individuals who discern a call to the practice of spiritual direction and seek to develop and strengthen their skills and gifts as spiritual directors. Grounded in the tradition of Christian Spirituality, the curriculum includes four intensive weeklong classes, online coursework, and supervised practice in the art of spiritual direction. The CSD is intended to be completed in two and a half years.

Older Adult Ministry

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network have formed a new partnership that will better equip congregations and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older participants. The program is open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. Four core classes and a capstone project are required to complete the Certificate Program. Two classes will be offered each spring at the CLL; participants may begin with any of these scheduled classes. Pre-course reading and post-course assignments are required.  The certificate course of study may be completed in 24-36 months.