The seminary remains closed for on-campus instruction through June 30, 2021. Please check scheduled courses for information about dates, location and format. Most courses will be offered online or rescheduled.
For church professionals and lay people, Columbia’s 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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
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Upcoming lifelong learning courses
Presbyterian Polity (Presbytery of the Wabash Valley Ruling Elder Training Program) Online
01/18/2021 - 02/26/2021
This course is limited to members of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley. Its focus is on Presbyterian Polity.
Contemplation and Compassion: Engaging Two Aspects of the Spiritual Life
02/01/2021 - 03/01/2021
Examine the prayerful and active dimensions of the spiritual life in this four-week online class. The course will engage the writings of several modern spiritual “giants” such as Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa and Howard Thurman.
Stand-Up Preaching: What Comedians Can Teach Us About Sermonic Craft ONLINE
02/01/2021 - 03/05/2021
This online course will explore the essential aspects of effective preaching through critical engagement with stand-up comedy. Together we examine the many points of overlap between a successful stand-up routine and an effective sermon
The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Online)
02/01/2021 - 03/05/2021
This is a five-week study on understanding the dynamics of congregations. Participants will gain insights into the hidden dynamics that impact many facts of congregational life, including pastoral leadership, spirituality, development, and crises.
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course) (Online)
02/11/2021 - 03/19/2021
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. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider...