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
Stand-Up Preaching: What Comedians Can Teach Us About Sermonic Craft ONLINE
This online course will explore the essential aspects of effective preaching through critical engagement with stand-up comedy. Together we examine the many points of overlap between a successful stand-up routine and an effective sermon
The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Online)
This is a five-week study on understanding the dynamics of congregations. Participants will gain insights into the hidden dynamics that impact many facts of congregational life, including pastoral leadership, spirituality, development, and crises.
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course) (Online)
Teaching and learning methods that enhance engagement in, and ownership of, the learning process are as important for older adults as they are for all ages. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider...
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program) (Online)
The last third of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological and ethical challenges. This course will explore how congregations and other communities of faith can engage in conversations and practices that will allow them to actively nurture...
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 Bill Brown, Carl McColman, Deedra Rich, Debra Weir
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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