March 8, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) continue to strengthen their partnership, one that is intended to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older participants.
“The program meets a very real need for congregations,” says Pat Baker. “It is not uncommon for churches to be half or more older adults, and in small congregations, nearly all may be older. Clergy and Christian educators increasingly recognize the need to know more about the second half of life as it relates to their mission and ministry.”
Baker serves as the POAMN Coordinator. She is a member of the POAMN Executive Committee, and currently serves as the Health and Human Services Director for Gwinnett County, GA. She has extensive experience designing, delivering and administering a variety of programs related to aging.
The program is open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. Four core classes and a capstone project are required to complete the Certificate Program. Two classes are offered each spring at the CLL; participants may begin with any of these scheduled classes. Pre-course reading and post-course assignments are required. The certificate course of study may be completed in 24-36 months.
The course schedule through the spring of 2019 is listed, below. Click on the course title to go to the course information and registration page for the 2018 classes. Program fees for each course at the Center for Lifelong Learning are currently set at $275 per course, with discounted early registration; guest rooms and campus dining are available at the time of registration. Limited financial assistance is available through POAMN and the CLL.
Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood
April 16-18, 2018
Leaders: Bruce and Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette
Spiritual Formation and Older Adults
April 18-20, 2018
Instructor: Mary Anona Stoops
2019 courses will open for registration soon:
The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry
March 11-13, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ann Johnson, PhD
Teaching for Transformation
March 13-15, 2019
Instructor: Rev. Joyce MacKichan Walker
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