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

Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

April 12-15, 2018

Leader: CTS Faculty

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Cancelled, see below for future Immersion courses.


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).

“I have room for a second life”: Journeying by heart with the poet Rainer Maria Rilke

 April 19-22, 2018

Leader: Mark Burrows

Location: Montreat Conference Center



Beside Still Waters- A Contemplative Retreat

April 30-May 4, 2018

Leaders: Chris Glaser and Debra Weir

Location: Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama



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


Save the Date!

Immersion Experience: An invitation to a deeper Spiritual life

October 4-7, 2019

Leader: TBD

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Registration coming soon.



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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