All Upcoming Events at CTS

Dec 13
The Disciple-Making Church: To Grow the Future We Visit the Past (Thompson Scholars 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...

Jan 06
Christian Education in the Smaller Church

01/06/2020 - 02/07/2020

In this course participants will explore together the realities, challenges, and joys of providing Christian education in the smaller church context.

Jan 13
Teaching and Preaching the “Forgotten” Books of the Bible (Online)

01/13/2020 - 02/21/2020

This course invites participants to engage deeply with the books of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther with an eye toward both the ancient context and the contemporary relevance as they develop strategies for teaching and preaching...

Jan 13
The Coaching Institute at the Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS)

01/13/2020 - 01/17/2020

TCI@CTS is a rigorous six-month program comprised of a week of residential training and thirteen teleclasses accredited by the International Coaching Federation. For complete information and link to apply, visit

Jan 27
Understanding the New Testament (Online) Presbytery of the Wabash Valley

01/27/2020 - 03/06/2020

This online course is part of the Presbytery of the Wabash Valley Ruling Elder Training program and is limited to participants of that program.

Jan 27
Theological Reflection and Older Adult Ministry: New Online Format!

01/27/2020 - 03/06/2020

This ONLINE course will explore theological doctrines and concepts pertinent to older adult ministry. Using Scripture, creeds and confessions and other reading, participants will explore how to facilitate theological reflection among older adults.

Feb 03
Homecoming ’20 Alumni Reunion

02/03/2020 - 02/05/2020

This year’s alumni reunion will include worship, lectures and workshops by Columbia Theological Seminary faculty and alumni.  This event will be jam-packed with opportunities for you learn, reflect and reconnect with your Columbia Seminary community.

Join us for classes with your...

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 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...

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 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.

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. 

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 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. 

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.