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
Storytelling as Tool for Change (Online)
This online course will discuss the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on faith communities and how storytelling can be a foundational tool for social innovation and transformative learning in congregational educational ministry, thus fostering systems change in light...
Thriving as a Church Ministry Associate (online)
This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate staff in the congregational context.
Call to the Center: A Contemplative Prayer Experience (Online)
In this five-week course you are invited to meditate on selected texts within the Gospel of Matthew while engaging “a simple form of prayer from the heart.” The texts call us to a deeper union with God through prayer...
Mentor Coaching (TCI@CTS) (Online)
Mentor Coaching includes 10 hours of coach training and is open to coach training students who have completed or are enrolled in their initial ICF-approved ACC ACSTH coach training. Each participant must be coaching at least 2 clients through...
Readings in Narrative Preaching (Online)
This five-week course will provide a deep dive into narrative preaching. Particular attention will be paid to narrative forms and storytelling methods.
Still curious? Check out these articles about the online learning experiences of others:
The Power Of Written Conversation by Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17
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