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
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.
Inclusive Leadership in a Diverse and Changing World (online)
This practical five-week course is an introduction to intercultural competence in the context of local churches and religious organizations. Participants will explore what it means to be a culturally competent and inclusive leader in a diverse and changing world.
Leadership in Ministry (Online)
The Leadership in Ministry Online program is new addition to the long-running Leadership in Ministry workshops. This program is a twice-a-year, peer-based, clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong...
Understanding Congregations: A Systems Perspective
This course is a five-week study on understanding the dynamics of congregations. Using the text, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Understanding Church Dynamics, by Israel Galindo, participants will gain insights into the dynamics that impact many facts of congregational...
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