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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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May 20
2022 Baccalaureate Service


Friday, May 20 at 6:30p.m.

Decatur Presbyterian Church

205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Baccalaureate Speaker: Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary, New York

The baccalaureate service will be livestreamed from Decatur Presbyterian Church....

May 21
2022 Commencement


Saturday, May 21 at 10:00a.m.

Peachtree Presbyterian Church

3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, GA 3030

The commencement service will be livestreamed from Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Please post this link on the website and the CTS Facebook page https://livestream.com/peachtree-church/events/10288474.

Jul 11
Wounded Ministers Retreat: A Retreat for Clergy and Spouses


Wounded Ministers Retreat for Clergy and Spouses on the campus of Samford University, Birmingham AL, will provide a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their spouses who have experienced a forced termination, or...

Jul 25
Prayer: Deepening your Experience with God (Online)


Develop a habit of prayer to deepen your spiritual life. The course will introduce several prayer forms and invite the participants to explore each practice and reflect on the experience.

Aug 01
Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight (PW/Horizons Bible Study 2022-23)


This seminar is designed to prepare leaders to facilitate the nine lessons in this year’s PW/Horizons Bible Study. In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider how Sabbath...

Sep 12
reKindle: A Congregation Development Program


 reKindle” is a congregational development program funded by the Lilly Thriving Congregations grant initiative. Participation in this program is by application. Accepted congregations are eligible for an impact grant of up to $10,000 to initiate a program or engage...

Sep 14
TCI@CTS Mentor Coaching Fall 2022 (Online)


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

Sep 19
Developing Your Pastoral Intelligence: Emotional Fitness for Ministry 


This program is for clergy and ministry professionals serving in congregational contexts who are seeking to assess and improve their leadership and ministry effectiveness.  Utilizing the work of Dr. Maurice Graham’s Pastoral Intelligence ™ model, this program includes a nine-month coaching component.  

Sep 19
Guthrie Scholars 2022


The Guthrie Scholars Program is a week-long independent study opportunity offered in the fall. For additional information and to apply, visit https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/postgraduate-programs/guthrie-scholars/.

Sep 19
Understanding the Old Testament (Presbytery of the Wabash Valley) (Online)


This six-week survey of the Old Testament is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.

Sep 26
Praying with Teresa of Avila: Exploring The Interior Castle through Image and Metaphor


Join us for a contemplative exploration of selected passages from Teresa of Avila’s spiritual and theological masterpiece, The Interior Castle. As we read, we will draw attention to foundational metaphors in Teresa’s writing and consider their significance for spiritual life today.   


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 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
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 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 Adult 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 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...

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