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

April 19-22, 2020

With Jim Dant, Carl McColman, Debra Weir

Location: Montreat Conference Center


Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

October 8-11, 2020

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

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

Cost: $420 tuition + incidental expenses related to project



Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Dates TBD Spring 2021


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).


Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling (An Online Class)

September 30-October 25, 2019

With Carl McColman

Location: Online


Spirituality, Spirits and the Holy Spirit

October 17-20, 2019

With Dr. Martha Moore-Keish

Location: Montreat Conference Center



Readings in Spiritual Classics, an online course

February 24- March 27, 2020

With Sharol Hayner



Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation

March 9-13, 2020

With Jane Vennard

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary



Between Nothing and Everything: The Gospel of Love according to Julian of Norwich

April 16-19, 2020

With Mark Burrows

Montreat Conference Center



Beside Still Waters Contemplative Retreat

April 27-May 1, 2020

With: Chris Glaser and Debra Weir

Location: Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL



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The Humility of God: Exploring the Non-Dominant Divine

July 16-19,2020

With: Marjorie Thompson


Call to the Center (an online class)

August 3- September 4, 2020

With: Deedra Rich


Henri J. M. Nouwen

September 17-20, 2020

With: Chris Glaser

Location: Columbia Theological Seminary


Wisdom of the Mystics

October 15-18, 2020

With: Carl McColman

Location: Montreat


Soul Tending

November 5-8, 2020

With: Liz Forney

Location: Montreat

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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