Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program

Aging can create special challenges, as well as strengths, in faith formation. The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) are pleased to offer the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate Program to better equip those working in churches and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older adults.

The Older Adult Ministry courses are open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. There are four core courses, with two courses generally offered each spring at The Center for Lifelong Learning.

While participants may begin with any of the four coureses, we recommend beginning with The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry and Teaching for Transformation courses. Completion of pre-course reading and post-course assignments are required to received course credit toward the OAM Certificate. The course of study may be completed in 24-36 months. A Capstone Project is required to complete the certificate program.

The Older Adult Ministry Certificate course schedule through the spring of 2021 is listed, below. Guest rooms and  dining facilities are available on campus and housing may be reserved during the registration process. Limited scholarship funds are available through POAMN. Please contact Sarah Erickson if additional financial assistance is needed.

For more information about each course or to register, click on the name of the course, below.

OAM Courses 2020 – 2021

Registration for these classes are open now.

March 15-17, 2021 – on campus Spiritual Formation and Older Adulthood, with Mary Anona Stoops

March 17-19, 2021 – on campus Teaching for Transformation with Older Adultswith Joyce MacKichan Walker

Due to the schedule changes prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are evaluating when to offer The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry in its new online format.

The OAM Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is the final course in the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate Program.  The Capstone entails working with an advisor to design a project addressing an aspect of older adult ministry within a particular context or community and which demonstrate application of the theory and practices learned during the four courses in the OAM Certificate program. Participants may register for the course when they have completed all four OAM courses. Discussions about the project occur as coursework progresses, with the support of with course leaders and OAM Advisory Group members.


Sarah Erickson
Director, Lifelong Learning/OAM Program Coordinator
404 687-4526

Patricia Baker  
POAMN President- Elect/OAM Certificate Program Advisor

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network