Join the Online Learning Community at The CLL

Join the Online Learning Community at The CLL

May 18, 2018—If you haven’t tried online learning for continuing education yet, what’s stopping you? Consider yourself invited to attend any of our upcoming courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Here are three reasons for doing so:

1. The courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning are generally asynchronous, a term meaning you log on when convenient for you and tackle the tasks for the week, from the comfort of a coffee shop, your office or other setting. 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.

2. The topics are practical, and course led by subject matter experts and faculty from Columbia Theological Seminary and other institutions of higher learning.

3. The courses are affordable, usually under $200. With no travel, room or food costs, you stretch your continuing education budget.

Here are a few of the upcoming course to tempt you:

June 4 – July 6, 2018; Thriving as a Church Ministry Staff Associate
Are you a member of the program staff? Youth or children’s ministry director? An associate minister? Want to better understand your role among your colleagues? This course, led by Holly Inglis, is for you.

July 9 – August 3, 2018; The Hidden Lives of Congregations
Want to understand more about those unseen dynamics the affect the life of a congregation? By reading the course textbook, The Hidden Lives of Congregations, participating in formal guided discussions, reflecting on their personal experience, and examining latent concepts and assumptions about congregations, Church, and leadership, students will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles. Led by Jeffry Tribble.

September 9 – October 6, 2018; Living Prayer: The Spirituality of Daily Living
This class, led by Carl McColman, will look at how and why ritual is an ordinary part of being human and 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.

November 1 – 30, 2018; Money and Your Ministry
Does the annual stewardship campaign make your palms sweat? The thought of reviewing the annual budget give you a headache? this course, led by Margaret Marcussen, will focus on helping participants interpret and reframe their understanding about money in the congregation and approach the issue of money in the church from a less anxious frame of reference.

Here are a few classes that will open (registration will be available) soon:

September 17 – October 26, 2018; Introduction to the Old Testament
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, survey study will give an interpretive framework for reading of the Bible, devotionally and for the purpose of teaching and preaching. Instructor: Brennan Breed.

October 1 – November 2, 2018; Ministry to LGBTQIA Youth
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. The course is led by Cody J. Sanders, author of A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth.

As always, the full listing of residential and online courses may be found at and information about our certificate and other post-graduate opportunities located at

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