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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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Oct 03
Intercultural Competence and Church Leadership (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.

Oct 03
Leadership in Ministry: Boston Fall 2022


The Leadership in Ministry workshop in Boston 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 workshop includes monthly webinars, peer coaching groups and plenaries.

Oct 13
Exploring Wisdom’s Wonder 


Join Old Testament scholar, Bill Brown, for this retreat exploring the mysterious power and relevance of Wisdom’s Wonder found throughout Scripture.  

Oct 24
Wounded Ministers Retreat for Clergy and Spouses


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.  

Nov 01
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.

Nov 01
THRIVE Seminar (Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation and Economics) A seminar for Plan Members of the Board of Pensions (PCUSA)


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...

Nov 07
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta Fall 2022


The Leadership in Ministry workshop in 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 workshop includes monthly webinars, peer coaching groups and plenaries.

Nov 12
Presidential Inauguration


Join us for the inauguration of Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo. Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030

Nov 13
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...

Nov 16
Flint River Presbytery Fall 2022 Retreat


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.

Jan 03
The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS 2023Cohort)


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/.

Jan 09
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


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. 

Jan 23
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults ONLINE (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)


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...

Jan 23
Understanding the New Testament Presbytery of the Wabash Valley (online)


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...

Feb 06
The Preacher and the Poet


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.

Feb 27
Thomas Merton, Spiritual Guide: An Introduction to Merton through his Writings (Online) 


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. 

Mar 06
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults ONLINE (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program)


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 13
Meister Eckhart as a Guide for the Perplexed in Our Times 


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.  

Apr 16
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...

Apr 17
Grieving Well When the List of Losses is So Long (Online)


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...

Apr 25
Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow: The Birth of a Movement (Thompson Scholars 2022)


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...

May 01
Unforced Rhythms of Grace (A Contemplative Retreat)


Step away from your hectic schedule in exchange for rest in the unforced rhythms of grace. You’re invited to explore the power of stillness, silence, grace, and monastic life during this contemplative retreat.

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