Journeying Together

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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 seminary 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.


An Interview With Cody Sanders About Ministry With LGBTQIA Youth

About Columbia
August 13, 2018—Rev. Dr. Cody Sanders will teach the online course, "Ministry With LGBTQIA Youth" at the Center for Lifelong Learning in October. He is the pastor of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, and serves as the American... + Read More
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What’s Next for Worship? Worship that Equips Us for Justice

About Columbia
Fans of the West Wing may recall that (fictional) President Jed Bartlett could always be counted on to ask this question: “What’s next?”  Whether at the end of a meeting, after a goal was met, or to break a stalemate, Bartlett was always moving ahead. In the spring of 2017, a group of us found... + Read More
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The Coaching Institute Comes to Columbia Theological Seminary

About Columbia
June 7, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces the launch of a new certificate program, The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS).  This certificate program and its instructors are accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). “The... + Read More
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Learning to Love the “Habit” of Prayer

About Columbia
May 31, 2018—We human beings are creatures of habit. We brush our teeth in the same direction, we take the same route to work, we fold our clothes or make our beds in pretty much the same manner day after day. We like to sit in the same pews at church and eat the same kinds of candy bars. We shop in our favorite stores... + Read More
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Forced Terminations and Ethics

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May 14, 2018—Ethics are often a victim of forced pastoral terminations and for that matter, the continuing conflicts in church life which lead to such traumatic moments. Nearly every minister who has suffered an involuntary termination or a 'near miss' can testify to universal theme of compromise in congregational ethics.... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Sep 10
Living Prayer: The Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy


Certificate in Spiritual Formation Online Course

Carl McColman leads this class focused on ordinary habits and practices that can nurt...

Oct 01
Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth


Online Course

This five-week online course examines issues and challenges of ministering with and to LBTQIA youth and their families....

Oct 08
Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses


The Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses provide a relaxed a...

Oct 18
A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice and...

Nov 01
Money and Your Ministry


Online Course

Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret...

Nov 08
Living a Spirituality of Hope: Embracing Its Challenges and Practices


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. leads this class focusing living the meaning of hope in personal experienc...

Jan 14
The Coaching Institute at the Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS)


This is an application-based limited enrollment opportunity that leads to the completion of rigorous, proven coaching program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. For information about...

Jan 24
Enneagram: Personality and Spirituality


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Sandra C. Smith leads this workshop designed to help you understand your Enneagram personality styl...

Jan 29
Welcoming Our Transgender and Non-Binary Neighbors


Transgender and non-binary people are coming out at higher rates than ever before. This engaging and highly interactive seminar is for all religio...

Feb 01
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation


Online Course

Using the book by Woody Jenkins by the same title, this course will focus on helping clergy and laypersons explore the ...

Feb 14
Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


This is the Spirituality Program’s foundational retreat, introducing participants to classic Christian spiritual practices and understandings. T...

Mar 04
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Youth Christian Education (Online Course)


This four-week online course is part of the “Contemporary Readings Series” for persons interested in deepening their understanding of contempo...

Mar 11
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry


Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Aging is associated with many changes in physical and mental health. This course will explore ...

Mar 13
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults


Older Adult Ministry 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. 						

Apr 23
Tell Me Your Story and I'll Know Why I Should Come to Your Church (Thompson Scholars 2019)


Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2018 for this year's Th...

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