Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

April 12, 2018—Back in December, I wrote a blog post about the adult learner tendency to gravitate to learning opportunities that build upon or enhance previous learning and skill development. That post invited a resolution to jump start your continuing education plan for 2018.

Fast forward five months. How well have you done with your plan? The calendar year is (nearly) half over. Oh, it’s still on your to-do list?

Fear not. The Center for Lifelong Learning has several onsite and online learning opportunities open for registration between now and June 2018, and our list of courses and events for the upcoming academic year (July 2018-June 2019) grows daily.

Don’t get caught at the end of the year (budget or calendar) wondering, “why didn’t I plan my continuing education differently??” Look at these and other courses listed at and cross one more thing off your to-do list.

For today, anyway.

Application Deadlines Looming!

April 15, 2018 Deadline for Guthrie Scholars 2018 Applications – Independent learning. Access to a library. Room and on-campus meals covered. What’s stopping you?

May 15, 2018 Application deadline for Certificate in Spiritual Direction

June 1, 2018 Application deadline for two NEW peer learning groups: Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy and Colloquy for Clergy in Rural Churches. Each group meets twice–in late summer 2018 and mid-winter 2019.

Onsite Classes (on Campus or elsewhere)

April 30 – May 4, 2018 Beside Still Waters: A Contemplative Retreat at the Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, AL.

July 23 – 25, 2018 God’s Promise: I Am With You (2018-19 Horizons Bible Study Leader Preparation) Led by study author Amy Sutherlun Poling.

July 26-29, 2018 Blessed at the Broken Places Explore biblical spirituality as a resource for people of faith experience emotional pain.

September 13-15, 2018 Just Worship: Toward a Vibrant and Faithful Future A  new conference exploring how worship embodies and shapes us for justice.

October 8-11, 2018 Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Clergy and Spouses This gathering provides an opportunity for healing and encouragement to those who have experienced significant conflicts possibly leading to termination or termination itself.

Online Courses

May 1 – June 1, 2018 In Life and in Death: Helping in End-of-Life Issues and Challenges Has it been a while since your intro to pastoral care class? In a position where walking with people -week facing the hard choices and issues related to critical illness and end-of-life situations? This five-week course invites participants to deepen their understanding of the challenges faced during health crises and find ways to minister and help those facing critical health or end-of-life issues, and their families.

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 is for you.

By Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning

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