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.
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In this course participants will explore together the realities, challenges, and joys of providing Christian education in the smaller church context.
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...
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 https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/certificate-programs/coaching-institute/.
This online course is part of the Presbytery of the Wabash Valley Ruling Elder Training program and is limited to participants of that program.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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).
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...
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.
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.
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).
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate staff in the congregational context.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
In this study participants will explore a workable approach to conflict via the framework of conflict transformation, as opposed to “conflict resolution.”
A five week interactive course of study of Henri Nouwen’s most popular work on the Rembrandt painting of the Return of the Prodigal.