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Spirituality & Leadership
The Center for Lifelong Learning offers four dynamic certificate programs in spirituality and leadership. Most certificate courses are offered on the seminary campus, in Decatur, GA, with convenient scheduling for participants. There are no academic prerequisites and no time limit for completion of the coursework. Most courses open to participants who do not wish to complete the full certificate program.
Become a Spiritual Director through this program comprised of four week–long residencies on the CTS campus, and an 18–month supervised practice in the art of spiritual direction. The certificate can be completed in two and a half years. Admission to the program is by application only. GetSpiritual Direction application information. Spirituality Programs -Columbia Theological Seminary
Spiritual Formation allows learners to assist others on their faith journey as you deepen your own relationship with God by engaging in Spiritual Formation courses to enhance your spiritual life and growth. Participants can take courses to earn credit towards a Spiritual Formation certificate or enroll for personal enrichment. Unlike, Spiritual Direction, no application is required. These courses are open to everyone.
For more than 20 years, Columbia Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary have partnered to offer courses leading to the Certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF), a journey through which modern-day, world-weary pilgrims may quench their spiritual thirst.
Participants in the spiritual formation certificate program will gain a broad understanding of the Christian spiritual tradition and the various practices which have emerged from it.They will learn spiritual practices and develop skills for helping others in their growth.Persons in this course of study will discover the relationship of Christian Spirituality to compassion, justice and effective ministry.
A Statement of Intent is required by participants wishing to complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. The program is designed to be completed in three to five years. Program components include the following:
More information is available in the CSF Participant Handbook here.
Courses for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation
The Spirituality Program at Columbia Theological Seminary offers a robust array of CSF retreats, programs and pilgrimages. See the course list.
These spiritual formation courses fulfill the requirements to complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and are also open to anyone who is interested taking classes as an occasional participant.You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program to register.
January 9-February 6, 2023
With: Carl McColman, Deedra Rich and CTS Faculty
Independent study; start and completion dates determined by student and practicum supervisor
Cost: $350 tuition + incidental expenses related to project
Be Still and Know Contemplative Retreat
May 1-5, 2023
Location: Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL
While you may take electives of your choosing, you are strongly encouraged to take a well balanced offering of electives including a class from each area: Biblical (B), Historical/Doctrine (HD), and Practical (P).
July 25-August 26, 2022
With: Deedra Rich
September 26-October 28, 2022
With: Elizabeth Ford Friend
October 13-16, 2022
With: Bill Brown
Location: Montreat Conference Center
February 24-March 27, 2023
With: Carl McColman
April 3-16, 2023
With: Mark Burrows
Location: Montreat Conference Center
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More courses will be added soon!
Additional courses may be found at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Spirituality Program
*Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life should be taken at your “home” institution, either Columbia or Pittsburgh. Two elective courses will transfer between partner institutions.
Are you interested in sharpening your leadership skills or becoming a coach? TCI@CTS is a rigorous, proven coach education program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. The full course includes 60 hours of instruction and preparation, the majority delivered during the intensive session in January and during the virtual tele–classes.
TCI@CTS is a proven coach training program that equips participants with the knowledge and skills to navigate their own way forward or guide others in a process of discernment and accountability.As a participant in TCI@CTS, you will:
Applications for the 2023 Cohort are open!
COACHING PROGRAM DETAILS
January Intensive on Campus: January 9-12, 2023
January –July, 2022 (twice a month, Thursdays from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET)A virtual introductory session will take place on January 3,2023 from 7:00 –9:00 PM ET.The program starts at 9:00 AM ET on Monday and concludes by 12:30 PM ET on Thursday. The schedule includes a mix of plenary sessions, with an emphasis on practice coaching, in groups of two and three, throughout the week, and frequent breaks. A training manual will be provided to participants, and an online course site will support the entire course of training through July 2023. The leadership team will utilize Zoom as the platform to engage participants, along with the course site.
The ICF has revised its core competencies and code of ethics. The leader team of TCI@CTS has incorporated revisions in the course design to reflect and support those revisions.
Beginning in 2021, pre-course readings and reflections as well as a virtual introductory gathering of the Cohort are part of the course design. In the event a participant must miss a virtual gathering, they are required to view the recording of that session and provide written responses to topics posed by the session leader.
The virtual classes (also referred to as tele-classes) will run approximately twice a month beginning in late January through mid-July 2023. Each class session is scheduled from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET on Thursdays. Specific dates will be shared during the January residential courses. The virtual classes will also include required reflections, and any missed sessions must be documented by viewing the recording of that session and providing written responses as instructed.
Applicants will need to have a copy of a current resume or CV, and a letter of recommendation available at the time of the application. These documents must be submitted with the application.
Applications for the 2023 Cohort will close on December 9, 2022 by close of business.
After receiving acceptance into the program, a nonrefundable $500 deposit is required to secure your place. This will be credited toward the full costs of the program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does it cost?
The commuter fee for 2023 is $4,470. This includes a training manual, access to the course site, the intensive session in January and the teleclasses. Three lunches and two dinners are included.
The program fee for residential participants in 2023 is $4995. It includes four nights housing (single room, private bath), and nine meals (four breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners).
Upon acceptance, you will receive instructions to complete the registration process and submit your deposit.Full payment is due by December 9, 2022. A payment plan can can be arranged; 50% of the program fee is payable by January 9, 2023 and the balance due by June 30, 2023.
If you elect to enroll in“Mentor Coaching” after completing TCI@CTS (10 contact hours with a Mentor Coach to fulfill an additionalICF certification requirement), this will cost approximately $1,500. Mentor coaching participants must be actively coaching two coachees during the course. Chris Holmes, PCC,is the course leader. Mentor Coaching generally runs run from September –December, and includes three sessions of two hours each with a group and four individual one-hour coaching sessions.
What happens if I need to withdraw from the course after registering?
Withdrawal by January 9, 2023: full refund of all payment, minus the non-refundable deposit. Withdrawal before April 1, 2023, 50% refund of tuition only (no refund of residential costs). Withdrawal after April 1, 2023: no refund.
What does being a “coach” really involve? Can I do it full-time? Part-time?
A coach is someone who helps a client get to a goal, or achieve significant change. Being a trained coach means that you have taken some of your natural gifts and skills for listening, encouraging and motivating, and developed them to a more effective level. TCI@CTS is designed to train you to be that kind of coach –someone who is knowledgeable and practised in helping clients create change.
We emphasize two aspects –the coaching mindset, and the specific skills that coaching uses. The coaching mindset involves thinking about the client and their situation from the perspective of where they are and where they can go. It includes having a sense of possibility and a deep curiosity. It is the foundation of the process. The skills are the practices you use to coach.
When you complete the program, you will be able to use this training in ways that complement your work and sense of call. Some participants enroll with the intention of pursuing ICF certification (beginning as an Associate Certified Coach, or ACC)and becoming full-or part-time coaches. Others simply want to learn the coaching process so they can use it in the setting where they already are. As you work through the program, the faculty will help you sort out your next steps.
What is the curriculum like?
The entire coach training cycle consists of a total of 60 hours. The majority of the hours are completed during the three and a half days of the intensive training (January 9-12, 2023 plus the virtual meeting a week prior) and seven months of virtual classes delivered through distance learning. The course text, (Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations at Work and In Life,4rd ed. by Kimsey-House, H., Kimsey-House, K., Sandahl, P., & Whitworth, L.. Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing)written reflections, and virtual gatherings account for the remaining hours.
The virtual classes meet twice a month (January –July), utilizing the web, telephone and course site for two hours per class. Every class, whether in person or virtual, will include practice coaching.The curriculum is designed to address the specifics of church and ministry coaching. It will include theological reflections on coaching, the role of coaching in ministry settings, and how coaching as catalyst for transformation and adaptive growth in faith leaders and congregations.
What is the January intensive class schedule like?
The residential class takes place Monday –Wednesday from 9:00 AM –5:00 PM, with an extended session until 6:30 PM on Tuesday; Thursday is scheduled 9:00 AM –12:30 PM. The schedule includes plenary sessions, numerous breaks and active coaching practice in pairs and triads.
What courses will I take?
In-person courses (for residential week):Introduction to Coaching, Creating the Coaching Relationship, Active Listening, Asking Powerful Questions, Intuition and Testing, Getting to Goals and Actions, Expanding Possibilities, Change Theory, Keeping the Client Moving Forward, Creating Your Coaching Practice, Coaching Relationship II. Webinar courses: Resilience and Hardiness through coaching, Coaching for Adaptive Change, Coaching in a Cross-Cultural Setting, Organizational Change and Coaching, Coaching a Team +supervision, Artful Coaching, Appreciative Coaching, Poetry of Coaching, Spirituality of Coaching. The virtual classes will these topics in greater depth.
Will I have opportunities to actually practice coaching?
Coaching practice, feedback, and supervision are the heart of the training. There are presentations of material, discussions and observations of coaching, but the emphasis in each class is for the participants to develop coaching skills and a coaching mindset through actual live coaching.Participants who want to move towards certification will also need to accrue coaching hours beyond the training classes. TCI@CTS faculty can help students identify strategies for seeking potential clients.
Who can I coach after I complete the program?
You will be able to coach anyone who wants to work with you! While much of the training emphasis is on coaching pastors and other leaders in congregations and judicatories, you are receiving a standard coach training through a rigorous ICF-approved curriculum that can equip you to coach in a variety of settings.You will develop your own style and identify your best potential clients in the process.
Can I get certified as a coach through this program?
This program meets all the educational requirements for the credential of Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the most widely-recognized provider of coaching credentials. The ICF has recognized TCI@CTS as an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) program. Additional coaching hours and completion of Mentor Coaching are required before applying for ACC status.
What about mentor coaching?
The Mentor Coaching Program offers a ten-hour training to deepen your coaching skills, and prepare for the ICF accreditation process. The training occurs in groups no larger than six members. Mentor coaching consists of three, 2-hour group sessions where you will practice coaching and receive feedback, and four individual hour-long coaching sessions. Mentor Coaching for 2022 will begin in September 2022.Participants must have completed a 60 hour ACSTH/Level 1 or equivalent training program or be enrolled in one prior to enrolling in Mentor Coaching and must be actively coaching two clients. To register, click here.
In the individual sessions,the emphasis is on helping the coach get clear about goals, evaluating where they are in the process, where they feel they need to grow as a coach, and other issues specific to each coach. After successful completion of the training, participants receive a Certificate of Mentor Coaching, and one of the written letters of recommendation needed for the ICF process.
Applications for the 3 Cohort will close on December 9, 2022 by close of business.
Have further questions?
For more information about registration, contact LifelongLearning@ctsnet.edu.
Enhance your ability to serve older adults in your congregation or faith-based organization. This series of four courses addressing the process of aging and implications for leading programs designed for older adults will enable you to support their ongoing spiritual formation more effective.
Aging can create special challenges, as well as strengths, in faith formation.The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) are pleased to offer the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate Program to better equip those working in churches and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older adults.
The Older Adult Ministry courses are open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. There are four core courses, with two courses generally offered each spring at The Center for Lifelong Learning.While participants may begin with any of the four courses, we recommend beginning with The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry when possible. Courses may be taken in any order.
A Certificate in Older Adult Ministry I will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete each of the four core courses, including the final assignment that is part of each course’s design. The OAM I course of study may be completed in12-24 months if two courses per year are completed.
The Older Adult Ministry Certificate course schedule through the spring of 2023 is listed, below.When offered on campus, program fees are $300 per course, plus housing and meals. When we host courses on campus, guest rooms and dining facilities are available and housing may be reserved during the registration process.
Funds for financial assistance may be available through POAMN. POAMN. Please contact Sarah Erickson if additional financial assistance is needed.
For more information about each course or to register, click on the name of the course, below.
OAM Courses 2022 –2023
Online courses are $215 per course, early registration. Full program fee is $250.
OAM Courses 2023 –2024
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry with Zeena Regis and Theological Reflection in Older Adulthood with Paul “Skip” Johnson will be scheduled during this academic year. Dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Should these courses be offered on campus/in person, the program fee will be approximately $300, and housing/meals will be additional costs. Online courses will be at the rates listed above.
The OAM Capstone Project –Level II Certificate
For those wishing to go deeper, completion of a Capstone Project will earn those participants a Certificate in Older Adult Ministry II.A Capstone is an independent study project, generally based in a specific ministry context, and is completed after the four core courses.The Capstone entails working with a local project supervisor and the OAM project advisor to design a project addressing an aspect of older adult ministry within a particular context or community and which demonstrate application of the theory and practices learned during the four courses in the OAM Certificate program. Participants may register for the Capstone when they have completed all four OAM courses and had a preliminary discussion with course leaders and the OAM Program Coordinator. The Capstone is $350, with part of the fee going to your project supervisor.
Director, Lifelong Learning/OAM Program Coordinator
POAMNPresident/OAM Certificate Program Advisor
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network
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