Online Education

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.

Lifelong Learners

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

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May 03
Understanding Congregations (online)


This course is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.  Special attention will be given to the nature of congregations as a particular model of the Church. 

May 17
Sharing Our Stories: Tools for Renewing the Body of Christ (online)


Participants in this four-week online course will practice together the power of storytelling as a process to unite communities around our shared experiences of the pandemic and our shared experiences of the biblical story.

Jul 27
What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus (2021-2022 PW Horizons Bible Study Leader Seminar) (online)


Have you ever wondered about the women listed in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus? They are named for a reason, and this year’s PW Horizons Bible Study, will provide opportunities to explore and reflect on that these “grandmothers of the...

Aug 30
Christian Education in the Smaller Church (online)


In this course participants will explore the realities, challenges, and joys of providing Christian education in the smaller church context. 

Sep 01
TCI@CTS Mentor Coaching (Fall 2021) (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...

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Still curious?  Check out these articles about the online learning experiences of others:

Learning Together Apart: The Case For Online Learning

The Power Of Written Conversation by Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17

You may also read up on the latest news about how we are going our online opportunities:

Wabash Grant For Design Of Classroom And Online Teaching Methods