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

October 5-8, 2017

Leader: CTS Faculty

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

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Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

April 12-15, 2018

Leader: CTS Faculty

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 6, 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. Applications are expected to open in July, 2017.

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).


Readings Spiritual Classics (online)

September 11- October 6, 2017

Leader: Sharol Hayner



Texts of Terror

October 15-18, 2017

Leader: Ryan Bonfiglio

Location: Montreat Conference Center

Registration coming soon



Holy Wells and Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality

October 19-22, 2017

Leader: Carl McColman

Location: Montreat Conference Center



Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

November 6-10, 2017

Leader: Jane Vennard

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary


Sacred Survival: Engaging African American Spirituality

February 1-4, 2018

Leader: Khalia Williams

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



On Desire and Flourishing: A Study of Ancient Israelite Wisdom

February 8-11, 2018

Leader: Christine Roy Yoder

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



“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



Contemplative Retreat

April 30-May 2, 2018

Leaders: Chris Glaser and Debra Weir

Location: Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama

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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