Certificate in Spiritual Formation Courses

These 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 program to register.


Required Courses

Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

April 2-5, 2017

Leaders: Jim Dant, Carl McColman and Debra Weir

Location: Montreat Conference Center



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

Cost: $420 tuition + incidental expenses related to project



Desert Spiritual Traditions of the Southwest Domestic Pilgrimage

November 1 – 13, 2016

Location: Ghost Ranch, NM

Offered in partnership with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, this pilgrimage will be open to a small number of CSF students who have completed all other requirements of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is tentatively planned for 2017-18. More details to follow.


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).



Practicing Sabbath

Oct 20-23, 2016

Leader: Ryan Bonfiglio

Location: Montreat Conference Center



Growing in Discernment: Attuning our Spiritual Senses

November 7-11, 2016

Leader:  Marjorie Thompson

Location:  Columbia Theological Seminary



History of Western Christian Spirituality

January 26-29, 2017

Leader: Catherine Gonzales

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Spirituality of Marginality: An Asian American Perspective

February 9-12, 2017

Leader:  Kevin Park

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Illuminating the Text

February 19-22, 2017

Leader:  Ann Laird Jones

Location:  Montreat Conference Center



Wisdom and Wit of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Online)

March 6-31, 2017

Leader:  Carl McColman



Liturgy of the Hours

April 20-23, 2017

Leader: Paul Lang

Location: Montreat Conference Center


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

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