Columbia Theological Seminary and the Center for Lifelong Learning offer opportunities for learning and growth through online education.
The online experience offers high interaction with instructors and peers, and the flexibility to meet the schedules and myriad needs of the participants. Benefits of online learning include:
Engaging dialogue with diverse groups of people and experienced instructors
Quality learning at an affordable price
Ability to participate from anywhere with internet access.
Students currently enrolled in CTS degree programs, and other degree-seeking students, can take advantage of a variety of courses on campus, online, and in various hybrid classes. These formats offer expanded options for quality learning experiences. Check out our Academic Catalog to explore all the options available for degree students.
Clergy and other church leaders can participate in a wide array of non-credit online courses through the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). Online learning with CLL nourishes and enriches the lives and ministries of people around the world. (CEUs are available.) See the list of courses below for more details.
Our online courses have enjoyed participants in Canada and Australia as well as most parts of the United States. Join us!
Upcoming Online Courses
Wisdom and Wit of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (online)
Join Carl McColman for this four-week online course to read, and reflect on, the entertaining and insightful ancient stories of the spiritual sages and religious eccentrics who were the desert mothers and fathers, exploring how their wisdom and wit...
12 Days to Becoming a Better Christian Teacher (online)
Through this 12-day interactive self-directed study, teachers and Christian educators will acquire knowledge and skills to become better teachers. Each daily session takes 60 to 90 minutes. For Christian educators and teachers.
The Enneagram and Accompaniment (online)
Join Sandra C. Smith for this four-part program designed for spiritual directors/companions, chaplains, pastors, coaches, and counselors who want to learn how to use the Enneagram system with those they accompany. All faith traditions are welcome.
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (online)
This four-week online retreat is for anyone seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with God. It may also be helpful for those exploring new directions and callings. With Carl McColman, Deedra Rich, Debra Weir
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry (Older Adult Ministry Course) online
Aging is associated with many changes in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This course will equip participants with the resources necessary to help those with whom you work navigate aging with agency, support, and information.
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The Power Of Written Conversation by Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17
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