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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
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
What’s Next for Worship? Worship that Equips Us for Justice
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
The Coaching Institute Comes to Columbia Theological Seminary
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
Learning to Love the “Habit” of Prayer
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
Forced Terminations and Ethics
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