4 Reasons Why Online Learning Is Worth the Investment
Online education is for those whose lives demand flexibility.
Its focus on convenience, brevity, and variety make it an appealing option for many pursuing higher education.
The Center for Lifelong Learning has claimed its stake in the online realm of higher education by offering eight additional online courses between now and the end of March 2020.
The topics are contemporary and classic ranging from coaching for clergy to the Old Testament to dealing with end-of-life challenges to using journaling as a form of spiritual practice.
Here are four reasons why online learning at CLL is worth the investment:
The courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning are generally done at your own pace, whether that’s from the comfort of a coffee shop, your office or other another setting.
The topics are practical and the courses are led by subject matter experts and faculty from Columbia Theology Seminary and other institutions of higher learning.
The courses are affordable; usually under $200, with no travel, room or food costs, so you stretch your continuing education budget.
Access to the internet, a computer or tablet, the assigned readings (often a textbook, or readings uploaded to the course site) are all you need to get started.
Take a look at the upcoming course schedule below.
Mentor coaching is offered to coach training students committed to the development of their coaching skills and further advancement in the path toward the International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification.
This course is led by Chris Holmes.
Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This online course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share with others.
This course is led by Carl McColman.
In this course, participants will examine the issues of focusing on cure or seeking comfort, and educate themselves about feeding tubes, CPR, end-of-life treatments, and the spiritual and emotional issues in cases of critical illnesses and end-of-life.
This course is led by Hank Dunn.
This course takes a synthetic approach where participants will grasp the big picture of the New Testament which will help in understanding the details in their continuing study of the Bible. The purpose of this course is to 1) gain an understanding of the New Testament and its interpretation; 2) gain appreciation and knowledge of the biblical text to inform and undergird your teaching or preaching ministry.
This course is led by Art Wright.
Participants will explore the issues of teaching, learning, formation, and planning related to Christian education in the smaller church context.
This course is led by Dan Koger.
While the books of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Song of Songs have nearly been forgotten by the church, they invite us into pressing conversations about sexuality, immigration, trauma, mortality, and resistance. Together participants will explore how these books can inform our teaching, preaching, and faithful living.
This course is led by Robert Williamson Jr.
In this course, participants will dialogue with saints from four centuries who, as a great cloud of witnesses, point us to a deeper life in Christ. Reading includes selections from the writings of Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, William Law and Mother Teresa. Participants will look at how each person pursued a devout life in Christ while asking how these writings encourage and challenge their own spiritual formation.
This course is led by Sharol Hayner.
What are faith-based communities to do with the lifelong impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) is having in our places of ministry? This course will discuss the impact of ACES on our communities and how storytelling can be a foundational tool for social innovation and transformative learning in congregational educational ministry
This course is led by Cynthia P. McDonald.
If online course work sounds like a fitting option for you, click HERE to view the full listing of residential and online courses.