Certificate in Spiritual Formation Courses

These spiritual formation courses fulfill the requirements to complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and are also open to anyone who is interested taking classes as an occasional participant.  You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program to register.


Required Courses

Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

October 4-7, 2018

Leader: Dr. William Brown, Dr. Stanley Saunders, Deedra Rich and Debra Weir

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Independent study; start and completion dates determined by student and practicum supervisor

Cost: $420 tuition + incidental expenses related to project



A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

February 18- March 4, 2018

Pilgrimage is the capstone for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. These dates indicate a general time frame for the trip to Israel. They are tentative until airline tickets can be confirmed later this spring. Space is still available. Last day to apply is November 1st.

Leader: Debra Weir


Elective Courses

While you may take electives of your choosing, you are strongly encouraged to take a well balanced offering of electives including a class from each area: Biblical (B), Historical/Doctrine (HD), and Practical (P).



Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith & Purpose with the Beatitudes

July 26- 29, 2018

Leader: J. Marshall Jenkins

Location:  Columbia Theological Seminary



Living Prayer: The Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy (An Online Class)

September 10- October 6, 2018

Leader; Carl McColman



A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

October 18-21, 2018

Leader: Stan Saunders

Location: Montreat Conference Center



Living a Spirituality of Hope: Embracing Its Challenges and Practices

November 8-11, 2018

Leader: Luther E. Smith

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Enneagram: Personality and Spirituality

January 24-26, 2019

Leader: Sandra C. Smith

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Creation and Connection: An Introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality

February 4- March 5, 2019

Leader: Arthur M. Wright, Jr

Location: Online



Discerning Forgiveness

May 12-15, 2019

Leader: Marjorie Thompson

Location: Montreat Conference Center



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Landscapes of Renewal

April 1-5, 2019

Leader: William P. Brown

Location: Ghost Ranch, NM


A limited number of scholarships are available through the generosity of donors who support the Center of Lifelong Learning in its commitment to offer spiritual formation courses and other opportunities for growth. Request scholarship assistance.

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