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TCI@CTS new virtual format

Decatur, GA— The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces an all-virtual format for the 2021 Cohort of TCI@CTS, The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary. This is the third year that the CLL has offered this certificate program and the first all-virtual format. Its instructors are accredited by the International Coach Federation.


“Based on the recommendations of our TCI@CTS leadership team, and in response to inquiries from potential participants, we made the decision to convert to an online format to assure the fullest possible participation and sufficient time to plan for an engaging, practice-oriented formal program,” said Dr. Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning. “The leadership team, with more than 13 years of experience leading this program, is hard at work making the necessary revisions in order to deliver another high-quality, effective coach training.”


Participants interested in TCI@CTS should complete an online application prior to December 19, 2020. A resume’ or CV and letter of recommendation from a supervisor or peer are required at the time of application. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will secure a place in the cohort. The program fee for 2021 is $4400, which includes the one-week intensive January 11-14 and a series of thirteen, two-hour virtual classes held twice a month from the end of January through the middle of July, 2021. Each participant receives a training manual and access to the digital course site to support their coach training.


“This coaching program has expanded our offerings to support the professional development of clergy and other church leaders in various contexts of ministry,” said Erickson. Coach Coordinator Laurie J. Ferguson added, “After twenty-one years of coaching, I remain excited about how these skills support and expand ministry. We are in a time when the gospel faces deep challenges, and leaders also see great opportunity. Coaching is uniquely poised to help leaders focus on their mission and create new ways to live out God’s mission particularly in this season of extended disruption such as the recent pandemic.”


The core training team is composed of Ferguson and colleagues Philip C. Bergey and Chris Holmes. Youngsook Kang and Jihyun Oh round out the TCI@CTS training team, lending their expertise during the virtual class series.


Complete details about TCI@CTS, including application instructions, FAQs and instructor bios, visit https://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning/certificate-programs/coaching-institute/.


For more information about the Center for Lifelong Learning and their other courses and certificate programs, visit www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning or email the CLL at LifelongLearning@ctsnet.edu.


Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.”  As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and up to 60 courses and events each year as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The Center for Lifelong Learning offers three other certificate programs including training spiritual directors, two scholars programs, and a post-graduate Pastoral Excellence Program that is focused on clergy leadership development. Over 800 persons attended CLL’s programs last year. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.


Program Contact:

Sarah Erickson

Director, Lifelong Learning




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