Online Learning: Convenient, Practical and Timely
If you haven’t tried online learning for continuing education yet, what’s holding you back?
The Center for Lifelong Learning is offering eight additional online courses between now and the end of May 2019.
The topics are contemporary and classic ranging from topics such as ministry with LGBTQIA youth to The Old Testament to leading dying congregations and Christian Education among middle and high school youth.
Consider yourself invited to experience online continuing education through the Center for Lifelong Learning!
Here are few quick reasons why online learning at CLL is worth the investment :
The courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning are generally done at your own pace, whether that’s from the comfort of a coffee shop, your office or other setting.
The topics are practical and the courses are led by subject matter experts and faculty from Columbia Theology Seminary and other institutions of higher learning.
The courses are affordable; usually under $200, with no travel, room or food costs, you stretch your continuing education budget.
Access to the internet, a computer or tablet, the assigned readings (often a text book, or readings uploaded to the course site) are all you need to get started.
Sounds like a pretty fair deal right? Now let’s take a look at the upcoming course schedule…
This class will look at how and why ritual is an ordinary part of being human.
It will also explore how Christians can restore a healthy and life-giving structure of regular prayer, habitual spiritual practices, and other disciplines to nurture and grow our faith and spirituality.
We’ll look at Christian “liturgy” both for personal use but also as part of our family/home lives — and consider how clergy, elders, and other Christian leaders can help congregations to grow spiritually as well.
This five-week online course provides a brief introduction to the Old Testament using the synthetic, or overview, approach to the study of the Old Testament designed to help participants grasp the big picture.
Whether a refresher for a seasoned preacher or a new church school teacher, this survey study will give an interpretive framework for reading of the Bible, whether for devotional purposes or for the use of teaching and preaching. This course is led by Brennan Breed.
This five-week online course examines issues and challenges of ministering with and to LGBTQIA youth and their families.
Participants will explore effective and practical ways to minister and help LGBTQIA youth and their families, as well as gain insights in helping congregations address ministry to LGBTQIA youth.
This course is led by Cody J. Sanders, author of A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth.
Does the annual stewardship campaign make your palms sweat? Does the thought of reviewing the annual budget give you a headache?
This course will focus on helping participants interpret and re-frame their understanding about money in the congregation and approach the issue of money in the church from a less anxious frame of reference.
In his book, The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation, author and leader of this course Woody Jenkins, provides a forum and resource to church leaders for one of the most critical issues facing congregations today: how to help a congregation conclude its ministry life cycle with dignity and meaning.
Participants will gain insight and wisdom through readings, case studies, dialogue, and reflection.
Participants will practice on leading a congregation during the twilight phase of its natural life cycle.
This course offers students the opportunity to experience the rich traditions of Celtic Christian spirituality throughout the ages.
Participants will see how they led people to encounter God in their historical contexts, and to see what they might offer us as people of faith today.
Anna Brown, an experienced Christian Educator and youth leader, will lead this exploration.
Participants will review selected readings in the literature, studies, and writings of contemporary writers and researchers focusing on Christian Education among middle and high school youth.
Melissa Tidwell and Beth Waltemath return to offer their second writing workshop.
Participants will develop an understanding of spiritual writing as a personal practice of discernment and as a corporate practice.
They’ll give voice to the word by sharing their work within a community; practice giving and receiving editorial feedback within a community and in the process will develop their unique voice. In addition, participants will also be introduced to the many possible ways to share their writing, in congregations, in writers’ groups and in publication online or in print.