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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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Nov 07
Incarnation: Theology, Tradition and Practice of Spiritual Direction


This seminar will explore biblical and theological underpinnings of spiritual direction and the practice of individual spiritual direction. This is the second residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through...

Nov 15
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Fall Session


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Atlanta 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.  The fall session will be held in person...

Jan 10
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (online)


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, Debra Weir

Jan 17
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application


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.

Jan 17
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry (Older Adult Ministry Course) online


Aging is associated with many changes in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This course will equip participants with the resources necessary to help those with whom you work navigate aging with agency, support, and information.

Jan 31
Inclusive Leadership in a Diverse and Changing World (online)


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.

Feb 07
Colloquy for Young Black Church Clergy


This rich peer learning experience offers an opportunity to explore how young Black Church Clergy can be more effective leaders in the changing realities of ministry today.

Feb 14
Understanding Congregations: A Systems Perspective


This course is a five-week study on understanding the dynamics of congregations.  Using the text, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Understanding Church Dynamics, by Israel Galindo, participants will gain insights into the dynamics that impact many facts of congregational...

Mar 07
The Life of Christ in Art and Poetry (online)


This five-week course presents the life of Christ in poetry and art. You are invited to read and reflect on contemporary poetic and visual interpretations of Gospel passages. Imaginative and artistic reflections will be encouraged.



Mar 21
Theological Reflection and Older Adult Ministry (online) (Older Adult Ministry Program Course)


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

Apr 04
Prophetic, Imaginative Preaching for God’s Changing World (online)


Imagination—empowered by the Spirit—is the lifeblood of prophetic preaching. Drawing upon traditional and contemporary approaches to preaching, this course will lead students to innovate upon these approaches and to incorporate preaching styles across cultures in response to God’s changing...

Apr 07
Creation through a New Lens


Jim Dant leads this biblical study of the creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, exploring several interpretive lenses to widen our view of these familiar stories.

Apr 24
Discernment in Spiritual Direction


This seminar explores the art and gift of Christian Discernment in the context of individual spiritual direction. This is the third residency for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction; enrollment is limited to those accepted into the program through application. Thank you for your interest.  

Apr 26
Baptism and Belonging; Creating, Being and Becoming Beloved Community (Thompson Scholars 2022)


This seminar is designed for clergy and other church leaders who preach and/or teach in a congregational setting, or who serve in other capacities and have an interest discipleship formation and evangelism and want to strengthen their understanding of...

May 02
Be Still and Know: A Contemplative Retreat


Carl McColman and Debra Weir guide this ecumenical retreat to invite stillness, rest, and prayer. The retreat is open to both men and women. No prior experience at a monastery or with contemplative prayer is necessary, simply a desire...

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