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For church professionals and lay people, The Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events – opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. Led by top-notch faculty, our offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs. At the same time, we see lifelong learning as recreation – time to step out of life’s busy routines and experience renewal of mind, spirit, body, and emotion. We hope you will browse through our website to find out more about opportunities that are available for you.


Tough Leaders Have These in Common

About Columbia
There's no doubt about it, providing effective leadership in any context is a tough job; and, it requires tough leaders. Toughness, however, is often misunderstood. At the end of the day, toughness itself does not automatically result in effective leadership. Toughness is a product of the quality of self; chiefly, it is a... + Read More
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Dwelling in Honesty and Gratitude

About Columbia
How can clergy care for themselves? What does self-care look like in this topsy-turvy world? Can this be done without ignoring the real suffering of others, without hiding away in places of privilege?   I reflected on this question during the morning Hurricane Ida swept into Louisiana leaving devastation in its... + Read More
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Mission Statements for Children's Ministries

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I've surveyed children's ministry missions statements in preparation for courses I've created (the majority of congregations I surveyed didn't have one). I have been intrigued by the use of “mission statements” by children’s ministry programs in congregations. I’ve got mixed feelings about mission statements in... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Jan 10
The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS 2022 Cohort)


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 ...

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 ne...

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...

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. Parti...

Feb 01
Becoming a Better Parent: 10 Pitfalls to Avoid (online)


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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: Understa...

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...

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