All Upcoming Events at CTS
Wounded Ministers Retreat: A Retreat for Clergy and Spouses
07/11/2022 - 07/14/2022
Wounded Ministers Retreat for Clergy and Spouses on the campus of Samford University, Birmingham AL, will provide a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their spouses who have experienced a forced termination, or...
Prayer: Deepening your Experience with God (Online)
07/25/2022 - 08/26/2022
Develop a habit of prayer to deepen your spiritual life. The course will introduce several prayer forms and invite the participants to explore each practice and reflect on the experience.
Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight (PW/Horizons Bible Study 2022-23)
08/01/2022 - 08/03/2022
This seminar is designed to prepare leaders to facilitate the nine lessons in this year’s PW/Horizons Bible Study. In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider how Sabbath...
reKindle: A Congregation Development Program
09/12/2022 - 09/14/2022
“reKindle” is a congregational development program funded by the Lilly Thriving Congregations grant initiative. Participation in this program is by application. Accepted congregations are eligible for an impact grant of up to $10,000 to initiate a program or engage...
TCI@CTS Mentor Coaching Fall 2022 (Online)
09/14/2022 - 11/30/2022
Mentor Coaching includes 10 hours of coach education and is open to coaches who have completed or are enrolled in their initial ICF-approved ACSTH coach education program. Each participant must be coaching at least 2 clients through the duration...
Developing Your Pastoral Intelligence: Emotional Fitness for Ministry
09/19/2022 - 09/21/2022
This program is for clergy and ministry professionals serving in congregational contexts who are seeking to assess and improve their leadership and ministry effectiveness. Utilizing the work of Dr. Maurice Graham’s Pastoral Intelligence ™ model, this program includes a nine-month coaching component.
Guthrie Scholars 2022
09/19/2022 - 09/23/2022
The Guthrie Scholars Program is a week-long independent study opportunity offered in the fall. For additional information and to apply, visit https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/postgraduate-programs/guthrie-scholars/.
Understanding the Old Testament (Presbytery of the Wabash Valley) (Online)
09/19/2022 - 10/28/2022
This six-week survey of the Old Testament is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.
Praying with Teresa of Avila: Exploring The Interior Castle through Image and Metaphor
09/26/2022 - 10/28/2022
Join us for a contemplative exploration of selected passages from Teresa of Avila’s spiritual and theological masterpiece, The Interior Castle. As we read, we will draw attention to foundational metaphors in Teresa’s writing and consider their significance for spiritual life today.
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application
09/30/2022 - 09/30/2022
Apply here for acceptance to the Certificate in Spiritual Direction, a 2.5-year program designed to nurture the gifts, sensibilities, and skills of a spiritual director.
Intercultural Competence and Church Leadership (Online)
10/03/2022 - 11/04/2022
This practical five-week course is an introduction to intercultural competence in the context of local churches and religious organizations. Participants will explore what it means to be a culturally competent and inclusive leader in a diverse and changing world.
Exploring Wisdom’s Wonder
10/13/2022 - 10/16/2022
Join Old Testament scholar, Bill Brown, for this retreat exploring the mysterious power and relevance of Wisdom’s Wonder found throughout Scripture.
Wounded Ministers Retreat for Clergy and Spouses
10/24/2022 - 10/27/2022
The Wounded Ministers Retreat for Clergy and Spouses at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center provides 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.
THRIVE Seminar (Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation and Economics) A seminar for Plan Members of the Board of Pensions (PCUSA)
11/01/2022 - 11/03/2022
Plan members 10 or fewer years away from retirement, and their spouses or partners, including part-time employees of the Church enrolled in any benefit, are welcome to attend. Registration will be through Board University of the Board of Pensions. For...
Spiritual Direction, Discerned Action, and Social Transformation
11/13/2022 - 11/18/2022
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...
Flint River Presbytery Fall 2022 Retreat
11/16/2022 - 11/18/2022
This is a regular continuing education retreat for members of the Flint River Presbytery. It is made possible by a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Flint River Presbytery; enrollment limited to members of the Presbytery.
The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS 2023Cohort)
01/03/2023 - 07/06/2023
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 https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/certificate-programs/coaching-institute/.
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
01/09/2023 - 02/06/2023
This four-week online retreat is for anyone seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with God. It may also be helpful for those exploring new directions and callings. With: Carl McColman, Deedra Rich and CTS faculty.
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adult ONLINE (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)
01/23/2023 - 02/24/2023
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. This course will explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning...
Understanding the New Testament Presbytery of the Wabash Valley (online)
01/23/2023 - 03/03/2023
This course is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery. Participants will gain an understanding of the New Testament and its interpretation and an appreciation and knowledge of the biblical text to inform and...
The Preacher and the Poet
02/06/2023 - 03/24/2023
This six-week, online course explores preaching as an act of poetic and prophetic imagination. Participants will consider the poet’s art and craft as a resource, a hermeneutic, and a set of Christian practices for preaching in a postmodern world.
Thomas Merton, Spiritual Guide: An Introduction to Merton through his Writings (Online)
02/27/2023 - 03/24/2023
This course is an introduction to Merton and his writings. Carl McColman will guide this exploration with an eye to how the writings might speak to current times and invite a deepening spiritual life.
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults ONLINE (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program)
03/06/2023 - 04/14/2023
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...
Meister Eckhart as a Guide for the Perplexed in Our Times
04/13/2023 - 04/16/2023
In this course, Mark Burrows invites participants to explore the sources of Eckhart’s wisdom, drawing upon selections from his sermons and writings together with poems inspired by these texts. Come for an immersion in startlement and wonder.
Spiritual Direction in Context
04/16/2023 - 04/21/2023
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...
Grieving Well When the List of Losses is So Long (Online)
04/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
From pandemic to climate crisis to war to racialized violence, there is a growing list of compounded losses in need of grieving well. This course will introduce current grief theory and practices to support grieving well, taking account of...
Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow: The Birth of a Movement (Thompson Scholars 2022)
04/25/2023 - 04/28/2023
The data is clear, the next generation seeks a church that doesn’t limit its liberation theology. This gathering of faith leaders from the African American community will consider the future of the African American Church and how it can become a more inclusive faith community...