4 Reasons Why Online Learning Is Worth the Investment

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:






Take a look at the upcoming course schedule below.


September 25-Dec. 31, 2019 Mentor Coaching (ONLINE) 

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.


September 30-Oct 25, 2019  Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling (ONLINE)

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.


October 1– 31, 2019 In Life and In Death: Helping in End-Of-Life Challenges (ONLINE)

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. 


November 4 to December 13, 2019 Introduction to the New Testament (ONLINE)

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.


 January 6 – February 7, 2020 Christian Education in the Smaller Church (ONLINE)

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.


 January 13-Feb. 21, 2020 Teaching and Preaching The Forgotten Books of the Bible  (ONLINE)

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.


 February 24- March 27, 2020 Readings in Spiritual Classics: Four Saints, Four Centuries (ONLINE)

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.


April 13-May 22, 2020 Storytelling as a Tool for Change (ONLINE)

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.


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