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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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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 02
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.

Aug 03
10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child (online)


A parenting course of a different kind for courageous parents. Based on the best-selling 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child, this course will help parents explore ten common parenting behaviors detrimental to the parent-child relationship, and ways to change...

Aug 03
Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament (2020-21 PW/Horizons Bible Study Seminar) Online


The 2020-2021 PW/Horizons Bible Study invites us to explore and reclaim the practice of lament in prayer and worship. This seminar, led by study author and artist P. Lynn Miller and Dee Koza will prepare participants to lead the...

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 five-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 01
Mentor Coaching (TCI@CTS) (Online)


Mentor Coaching includes 10 hours of coach training and is open to coach training students who have completed or are enrolled in their initial ICF-approved ACC ACSTH coach training. Each participant must be coaching at least 2 clients through...

Sep 14
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (Hybrid program)


This program is for anyone seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with God. It may also be helpful for those discerning new directions or callings.

Sep 14
Colloquy for Women of Color: A Virtual Colloquy


This two-session virtual 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...

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
Guthrie Scholars 2020


The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. For additional information, including a link to the application, see https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/postgraduate-programs/guthrie-scholars/.

Sep 21
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. Fall LIM B 2020 features online group and individual coaching sessions, webinars and more. 



Sep 21
Reformed Theology and Confessions (online)


This course is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery. The focus is on Reformed Theology and its expression in the Presbyterian Book of Confessions.

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 25
Talking Politics During Turbulent Times


This program is moving to a virtual event. Details coming in June 2020.

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
Leadership in Ministry: Boston


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop is an on-going, peer-based clergy leadership development program. Fall LIM Boston 2020 features online group and individual coaching sessions, webinars and more. 

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 05
Leadership in Ministry: Kansas City


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop is an on-going, peer-based clergy leadership development program. Fall LIM Kansas City 2020 features online group and individual coaching sessions, webinars and more. 

Oct 12
Healthy Transitions: A Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses


The Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses provide 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.

Oct 12
Leadership in Ministry: A Lynchburg


The Leadership in Ministry Workshops A in Lynchburg, VA is a twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program. Fall LIM A 2020 features online group and individual coaching sessions, webinars and more. 

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...

Oct 16
Come See Columbia Day


Join Columbia Friendship Circle, a mission of the PW of the Synod of South Atlantic and Synod of Living Waters, for an on-campus day of worship, lessons, tours, good food and fellowship. Meet the scholarship winners, other CFC participants, and...

Oct 20
THRIVE (PCUSA Board of Pensions Retirement Planning Seminar)


Out of concern for the health and safety of our participants and presenters, all Board University in-person seminars are canceled through the end of 2020.

Please visit Board University’s e-learning site, accessed via Benefits Connect, and...

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.

Nov 09
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta


The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Atlanta  is a peer-based clergy leadership development program. The Fall Atlanta Workshop features online group and individual coaching sessions.   

Nov 18
Flint River VII: Rediscovering Faith for our New Missional Era


This seminar will focus on the topic of mission and ministry and will be led for members of the Flint River Presbytery by Dr. Scott J. Hagley, associate professor of missiology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary., It is made possible by...

Jan 04
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation (Online)


This course will focus on helping clergy and laypersons explore the challenges of pastoral leadership in a dying congregation. Instructor Mandy Egland Cole will share her wisdom gained from her own personal experience and journey in leading a congregation...

Jan 04
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.

Jan 11
The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS)


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 18
Presbyterian Polity (Presbytery of the Wabash Valley Ruling Elder Training Program) Online


This course is limited to members of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley. Its focus is on Presbyterian Polity.

Feb 01
Contemplation and Compassion: Engaging Two Aspects of the Spiritual Life


Examine the prayerful and active dimensions of the spiritual life in this four-week online class. The course will engage the writings of several modern spiritual “giants” such as Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa and Howard Thurman.

Feb 01
Stand-Up Preaching: What Comedians Can Teach Us About Sermonic Craft ONLINE


This online course will explore the essential aspects of effective preaching through critical engagement with stand-up comedy. Together we examine the many points of overlap between a successful stand-up routine and an effective sermon

Feb 01
The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Online)


This is a five-week study on understanding the dynamics of congregations.  Participants will gain insights into the hidden dynamics that impact many facts of congregational life, including pastoral leadership, spirituality, development, and crises.

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.

Mar 15
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults (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...

Mar 17
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults (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. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider...

Apr 11
The Church and People with Intellectual Disabilities (ONLINE)


This course will equip ministry leaders to adapt congregational practices to value relationships with people with intellectual disabilities. A survey of age-stage considerations will prepare participants to better assess and responds to current and emerging needs in their own...

Apr 12
Leadership in Ministry: Kansas City


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Kansas City is a twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall).

Apr 15
“Deep calls to Deep”: The Psalms in Transformative Dialogue


Explore the spiritual depths of the Psalms with Bill Brown.  Join us and listen to the ancient and diverse voices in the Psalter. A course in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

Apr 19
Leadership in Ministry: Lynchburg, VA


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Lynchburg VA is a twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (spring and fall).

May 03
Understanding Congregations (online)


This course is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.  Special attention will be given to the nature of congregations as a particular model of the Church. 

May 10
Leadership in Ministry: Boston


The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Boston is a twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring)

May 17
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.

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