All Upcoming Events at CTS

Feb 24
Readings in Spiritual Classics: Four Saints, Four Centuries (Online)

02/24/2020 - 03/27/2020

Sharol Hayner leads this 4-week dialogue with saints from four centuries who point us to a deeper life in Christ. The course is based on the writings of Teresa of Avila, Frances de Sales, William Law and Mother Teresa.  

Feb 27
Discover Columbia

02/27/2020 - 02/28/2020

February 27-28, 2020

Come and experience what seminary could mean for you!

Mar 09
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

03/09/2020 - 03/13/2020

Jane Vennard teaches how to invite and lead spiritual disciplines in congregational settings. The course is practical and experiential, taught by a master teacher who embodies what she espouses.

Mar 16
Leadership in Ministry Atlanta

03/16/2020 - 03/18/2020

The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Atlanta is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program meeting at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This is the second session of this workshop.

Mar 22
Spiritual Direction, Discerned Action, and Social Transformation

03/22/2020 - 03/27/2020

This seminar explores living with questions and making faithful choices in the complexity of life. This is a residency in the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through application.  Thank you for...

Mar 30
Leadership in Ministry Workshops A

03/30/2020 - 10/14/2020

The Leadership in Ministry Workshops is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall). Participants...

Apr 13
Leadership in Ministry Kansas City

04/13/2020 - 04/15/2020

The Leadership in Ministry Workshops is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring).

Apr 13
Storytelling as Tool for Change (Online)

04/13/2020 - 05/22/2020

This online course will discuss the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on faith communities and how storytelling can be a foundational tool for social innovation and transformative learning in congregational educational ministry, thus fostering systems change in light...

Apr 16
Between Nothing and Everything: The Gospel of Love according to Julian of Norwich

04/16/2020 - 04/19/2020

Join poet and scholar, Mark Burrows, for this course exploring the remarkable vision and writings of Julian of Norwich; a vision of the immensity of divine generosity and the radical call of compassion it places on us.

Apr 19
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/19/2020 - 04/22/2020

This course is for those seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with the triune God. Classic spiritual practices and biblical spirituality will be introduced. Led by Jim Dant, Carl McColman and Debra Weir.

Apr 20
Leadership in Ministry B Lynchburg

04/20/2020 - 09/23/2020

The Leadership in Ministry Workshop B at Lynchburg VA is an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall). 

Apr 21
The Disciple-Making Church: To Grow the Future We Visit the Past (Thompson Scholars 2020)

04/21/2020 - 04/24/2020

Applications are due by December 13, 2019 for the 2020 Thompson Scholar seminar. The seminar will explore the concept of “the disciple-making church,” and what it means to develop mature disciples of Jesus Christ who make a real difference...

Apr 27
Spiritual Formation and Older Adulthood

04/27/2020 - 04/29/2020

The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. This course will explore how congregations and other communities of faith can engage in conversations and practices that will allow them to actively nurture...

Apr 27
Beside Still Waters—A Contemplative Retreat

04/27/2020 - 05/01/2020

Join us for this contemplative retreat and lean into the opportunity to “be still and know.” Practical by design, the retreat may be a valuable for those discerning new directions, or simply desiring greater connection with God, themselves and...

May 04
Leadership in Ministry Portland

05/04/2020 - 09/14/2020

The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Portland is a twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall). Participants...

May 11
Leadership in Ministry Boston

05/11/2020 - 09/30/2020

The Leadership in Ministry workshops will apply Bowen Systems Theory as further developed by Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, to ministerial and organizational leadership. The majority of time is spent in small group case studies...

Jun 01
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application


This is the Application for the 2020-2022 Cohort of the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program, a 2.5-year formation and training program for persons who discern a call to the ministry of spiritual direction.

Jul 16
The Humility of Christ: Power and Love in the Dance of Paradox

07/16/2020 - 07/19/2020

Join Marjorie Thompson for this timely course exploring God’s nature through the humility of Christ. We will dive deeply into the non-dual waters of paradox that characterize spiritual truth.

Aug 03
Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament (2020-21 PW/Horizons Bible Study Seminar)

08/03/2020 - 08/05/2020

The 2020-2021 PW/Horizons Bible Study invites us to explore and reclaim the practice of lament in prayer and worship. This seminar, led by study author and artist P. Lynn Miller will prepare participants to lead the study and apply...

Aug 03
Thriving as a Church Ministry Associate (online)

08/03/2020 - 09/04/2020

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

Aug 03
Call to the Center: A Contemplative Prayer Experience (Online)

08/03/2020 - 09/04/2020

In this five-week course you are invited to meditate on selected texts within the Gospel of Matthew while engaging “a simple form of prayer from the heart.” The texts call us to a deeper union with God through prayer...

Sep 09
Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy

09/09/2020 - 01/06/2021

This Colloquy is designed for mid-career clergy (15-25 years in full-time ministry) who seek to participate in formative conversations to reflect on their vocation and call at this stage of their career.

Sep 14
Colloquy for Women of Color

09/14/2020 - 01/27/2021

This colloquy is for women of color who are leaders in their faith community: chaplains, pastors, deacons, evangelists, ministers and program directors. The group will explore and share experiences in mediating dynamics of ethnicity, race, and gender in their...

Sep 17
An Open Receptive Place: Henri Nouwen’s Spirituality

09/17/2020 - 09/20/2020

Henri Nouwen’s friend and former student, Chris Glaser, guides this course to rediscover the spiritual wisdom of Nouwen’s early writing and how it illuminated his forty years of spiritual writing and ministry. Glaser will also share personal stories, videos...

Sep 21
Guthrie Scholars 2020

09/21/2020 - 09/25/2020

The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. For additional information, including a link to the application, see

Sep 21
Readings in Narrative Preaching (Online)

09/21/2020 - 10/23/2020

This five-week course will provide a deep dive into narrative preaching. Particular attention will be paid to narrative forms and storytelling methods.

Sep 25
Talking Politics During Turbulent Times


This one-day program is for clergy and others who want to think about how to deal with public political issues as a church during the run-up to the 2020 national elections. It includes two keynote addresses (one in the...

Sep 27
Spiritual Direction in Context

09/27/2020 - 10/02/2020

This seminar will explore and practice the basic tenets of spiritual direction – presence, deep listening and discernment. This is the first residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted to the program through...

Sep 28
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Adult Religious Education Online

09/28/2020 - 11/06/2020

This is a six-week online course focusing on Adult religious education and Christian formation and its integration with adult development, learning context, teaching and learning, methods and approaches. 

Oct 12
Healthy Transitions: A Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses

10/12/2020 - 10/15/2020

The Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses provide a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced termination, or for those in conflicts possibly leading to termination.

Oct 15
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics

10/15/2020 - 10/18/2020

Mystics through the ages are remembered for their love of God and whole-hearted approach to living the Gospel in their daily lives. Our emphasis will be on their timeless wisdom and how it helps us to live today. Carl...

Nov 05
Soul Tending: An Exploration of Spiritual Practices for Nourishment and Growth

11/05/2020 - 11/08/2020

Nurture your spiritual life! Liz Forney leads this course that explores a wide range of spiritual practices from a broad spectrum of traditions. The class is geared to finding practices to sustain spiritual health and growth.

Nov 18
Flint River VII: Rediscovering Faith for our New Missional Era

11/18/2020 - 11/20/2020

This seminar will focus on the topic of mission and ministry and will be led for members of the Flint River Presbytery by Dr. Scott J. Hagley, associate professor of missiology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary., It is made possible by...

Jan 11
The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS)

01/11/2021 - 01/15/2021

TCI@CTS is an application-based limited enrollment opportunity that follows a rigorous, proven coaching program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. For complete information about the Coaching Institute at the Center for Lifelong Learning (TCI@CLL), visit

Feb 01
Contemplation and Compassion: Engaging Two Aspects of the Spiritual Life

02/01/2021 - 03/01/2021

Examine the prayerful and active dimensions of the spiritual life in this four-week online class. The course will engage the writings of several modern spiritual “giants” such as Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa and Howard Thurman.

Mar 01
Conflict Transformation (Online)

03/01/2021 - 03/31/2021

In this study  participants will explore a workable approach to conflict via the framework of conflict transformation, as opposed to “conflict resolution.” 

Mar 01
The Return of the Prodigal (Online)

03/01/2021 - 04/02/2021

A five week interactive course of study of Henri Nouwen’s most popular work on the Rembrandt painting of the Return of the Prodigal.

Mar 17
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)

03/17/2021 - 03/19/2021

Teaching and learning methods that enhance engagement in, and ownership of, the learning process are as important for older adults as they are for all ages. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider...

Apr 11
The Church and People with Intellectual Disabilities (ONLINE)

04/11/2021 - 05/14/2021

This course will equip ministry leaders to adapt congregational practices to be more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities. A survey of age-stage considerations will prepare participants to better assess and responds to current and emerging needs in their...

Apr 15
“Deep calls to Deep”: The Psalms in Transformative Dialogue

04/15/2021 - 04/18/2021

Explore the spiritual depths of the Psalms with Bill Brown.  Join us and listen to the ancient and diverse voices in the Psalter. A course in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation.