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Explore our degree programs and other learning opportunities for those who want to become pastors or congregational leaders, work in non-profits, or teach future church leaders.  We also offer a robust schedule of courses for anyone who wants non-degree, Biblically-grounded lifelong learning, either in-person or online.

Whether you’re still discerning (or assisting someone who is), an alumni, looking to further your training, or just curious about us and all we have to offer, we’re glad you’re here. Here’s some basic information to get you started. Click the tiles below to explore more about Columbia Theological Seminary:





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


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!


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


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.

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


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.  

Mar 09
Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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
Thriving as a Church Ministry Associate (online)


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)


In this 4-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


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


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


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
Readings in Narrative Preaching (Online)


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

Sep 27
Spiritual Direction in Context


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


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 15
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics


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


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.

Mar 01
Conflict Transformation (Online)


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)


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

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