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.


Congregational Health – Red, Green and “Black”?

About Columbia
Advent is upon us and a new calendar year is fast approaching. Many pastors, especially in rural and inner-city churches, are seeing lots of RED, not nearly enough GREEN, and a complete absence of BLACK. Red and green are two of my favorite colors at this sacred time of year, showing themselves in the trees, decorations and bows... + Read More
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Be Virgil - A Coach as Companion on the Way

About Columbia
"Be Virgil," reads the Post-It on the windowsill in front of my desk, a reminder of the role I am to play when I meet with a coaching client.   I faced my biggest crisis in ministry within weeks of arriving at my first call. A difference of opinion about who would serve on the pastoral nominating... + Read More
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We're Wired for Story...What's Yours?

About Columbia
In times like these, you need a story.  “A story?” you ask. “A story? Why?” Why? Because we are wired for story. We are streaming stories every day on Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. When it comes to church, what is our story? What story are we telling? What are we streaming?  Are we streaming sermons and our weekly Bible... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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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
Leadership in Ministry Kansas City Session I


The Leadership in Ministry Workshops are an on-going twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program a...

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 29
Writing Together in Creative Community: An Online Workshop


Online Course Writing Together in Creative Community is an invitation to find an online group of writers who will write and ...

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