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

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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Jan 09
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

01/09/2023

CANCELLED: 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 and CTS faculty. 

Jan 23
Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults ONLINE (Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course)

01/23/2023

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. This course will explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning...

Jan 23
Understanding the New Testament Presbytery of the Wabash Valley (online)

01/23/2023

This course is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.  Participants will gain an understanding of the New Testament and its interpretation and an appreciation and knowledge of the biblical text to inform and...

Feb 06
The Preacher and the Poet

02/06/2023

Registration Closed: This six-week, online course explores preaching as an act of poetic and prophetic imagination. Participants will consider the poet’s art and craft as a resource, a hermeneutic, and a set of Christian practices for preaching in a...

Feb 27
Thomas Merton, Spiritual Guide: An Introduction to Merton through his Writings (Online) 

02/27/2023

This course is an introduction to Merton and his writings.  Carl McColman will guide this exploration with an eye to how the writings might speak to current times and invite a deepening spiritual life. 

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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

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