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.


Small But Unlimited

About Columbia
May 21, 2018—As a bi-vocational pastor, I am constantly reflecting on how one vocation informs the other. I serve a small congregation but I also work through The Outreach Foundation to resource small churches, and to connect them with our global partners. The Presbyterian church in Taguasco, Cuba, is the easternmost... + Read More
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Pastor as Pinball

About Columbia
May 3, 2018—I remember a day when – as a parish pastor – I chose cover art for a worship bulletin, did Greek word studies for a sermon on the Gospel of Luke, visited a new mom in the hospital, testified as a character witness in a military trial, moderated a session meeting, and talked with a newly retired member about... + Read More
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Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

About Columbia
April 30, 2018—When we hear of a minister being terminated, we may think about a “gang of three” as the instigators and carriers of bad news that a minister must leave. Or we may think about the minister who was terminated and the family who had their world turned upside down by the very group that called the minister to... + Read More
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"How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?"

About Columbia
April 26, 2018—"It's invaluable. It's scary. It's joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God." Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual... + Read More
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On Demanding a Surrendered Life

About Columbia
April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and conflicts or from physical or mental illness. Stigma against... + Read More
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Exploring God's Promise: "I am with you"

About Columbia
March 29, 2018—Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study will lead this summer’s class designed to prepare bible study leaders for the PW/Horizons Bible Study, God’s Promise: I Am with You. This study... + Read More
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Upcoming journeying together courses

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Jun 06
Certificate in Spiritual Direction Application Deadline


Certificate in Spiritual Direction

The program of study is designed for individuals who discern a call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. 
Jul 15


Applications for the Colloquy for Rural Church Clergy August 6-8, 2018 and February 11-13, 2019 are due Jul...

Jul 15


Applications for the Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy September 17-19, 2018 and February 18-20, 2019 are due Ju...

Jun 04
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate


Online Course

This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate...

Jul 23
God's Promise: I Am With You (2018-19 Horizons Bible Study Leader Preparation Course)


Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the upcoming Horizon’s Bible Study, will prepare participants to use the study in their circles, small groups or...

Jul 26
Blessed at the Broken Places


Certificate in Spiritual Formation

J. Marshall Jenkins leads this class that explores biblical spirituality as a resource for people o...

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...

Sep 13
Just Worship: Toward a Vibrant and Faithful Future


This conference will explore vibrant and faithful worship that is informed by but not limited to the Reformed tradition, paying attention to how w...

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...

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