Educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world.

Courses and Events

Registration at least 4-8 weeks prior to each course is encouraged; pre-course preparation or reading may be required.  Courses may be canceled or postponed if sufficient numbers of participants are not enrolled 3-6 weeks prior to the start date of the event.


Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 3/8/2015
Ending: 3/11/2015

Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday-Sunday Spirituality Immersion Experience, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. Our schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided meditative journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. Getting to know your fellow students, in both small group and one-on-one settings, will support your practical application of the knowledge acquired over the course.

Location: Montreat Conference Center

Instructors: Jim Dant, Carl McColman, Debra Weir

Details and Registration


Leadership in Ministry Session II

Pastoral Excellence Program

Starting: 3/8/2015
Ending: 3/11/2015

Limited Registration Now Available for Spring Session Only!

The Center for Lifelong Learning is a new location for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2014. Participants will continue to learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts, and explore the theological implications of these concepts, building on their work in November 2014. Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. The Program fee of $480 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday). Thanks to a generous grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN), two nights of on-campus housing are provided.

Details and Registration (Session II only)


Exploring the Non-Dominant Divine

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 3/19/2015
Ending: 3/22/2015

Two thousand years of Christian history and doctrine have taught a theology of God’s dominion, strongly associated with a masculine naming of the Divine. Yet the Incarnation challenges our notions of domination and dominance.  In addition both modern psychology and spirituality offer insight into how the Holy moves through our “inferior functions” or non-dominant personality structures.

Is it possible that our own non-dominance is in deep resonance with God’s most profound way of being? Through sacred texts, modern and ancient writings, poetry, conversation and journaling, we will explore together what it might mean to celebrate and participate in the Non-Dominant Divine.

Instructor: Marjorie Thompson                Location: Columbia Theological Seminary

Details and Registration


The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Starting: 4/13/2015
Ending: 4/15/2015

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN OLDER ADULT MINISTRY

This course will explore practical ways that our congregations, families, and caregivers can adapt and respond to age-related changes in body, mind and spirit in order to enhance the well-being and quality of life among older people.

Leader: Mary Ann Johnson

Details and Registration


The Church: A System of Relationships. An Introduction to Bowen Systems Theory and Congregational Leadership

Starting: 4/14/2015
Ending: 5/1/2015

This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congregational context and to congregational leadership.  Through formal guided discussions; reflecting on personal experience; and examining latent theological ideals of congregation, Church, and leadership, participants will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles. This is an online course

Instructor: Israel Galindo

Details and Registration


Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Starting: 4/16/2015
Ending: 4/18/2015

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN OLDER ADULT MINISTRY

Teaching and learning methods that enhance engagement in, and ownership of, the learning process are as important for older adults as they are for all ages. Explore learning styles, examine effective teaching methods, experience current teaching-learning theories, and consider application to and adaptations for older adults.

Leader: Joyce MacKichan Walker

Details and Registration


Thompson Scholars 2015 - Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development - Application Deadline Extended to JAN. 9, 2015

Starting: 4/21/2015
Ending: 4/24/2015

Thompson Scholars 2015 will explore the topic, “Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development." This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., associate professor of ministry at the seminary, will lead the seminar, assisted by Rev. David I. Neville, Jr., D.Min, Rev. Jin S. Kim, D.Min., and Rev. Sara Hayden.

This year’s seminar is designed for those new to church planting and development, or who are tasked with organizing a new worshipping community or revitalizing an existing community. This is an application-based program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until we reach maximum enrollment. For an application form click here. The application deadline is January 9, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 15, 2015. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars. For additional information, including a link to the application, click HERE.


Praying with Julian of Norwich

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 4/23/2015
Ending: 4/26/2015

The fourteenth-century anchoress and teacher of prayer has, in our own era, become recognized as one of Christianity’s most masterful and comforting spiritual guides, as witnessed, for example, by Paulist Press’s choice of her Revelations of Divine Love to initiate its important series of the Classics of Western Spirituality.  During a 24-hour period of serious illness, Julian was drawn into an intense sixteen-part dialogue with Christ on the Cross, during which He “showed” or “revealed” seminal truths which she was to proclaim to all her “fellow Christians.”  These were not new ideas, but rather core truths that had become neglected during the past centuries, some of which indeed seemed to contradict some of the major emphases of the Christianity of her era.

By reading carefully the Long Text of Julian’s Revelations, this class will examine and  meditate on those key insights into God’s relationship to Creation as revealed to her expressly for the sake of us, those “fellow Christians” of whom she is so aware--God’s non-condemnatory love and goodness constantly active in all that exists; humankind’s partnership with God through life in the Trinity; God as Mother, courteous, familiar, easy to be with; and Jesus’ astounding promise to the whole world “that all shall be well.”

Instructor:
Dewey Kramer
Location: Montreat Conference Center, lodging information here

Details and registration


Preaching the Verbs - A New Approach to Preaching

Starting: 5/4/2015
Ending: 5/6/2015

If you do a quick survey of any Bible passage, you’ll find that the verbs dominate. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week. Dr. Anna Carter Florence puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters. What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs? How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

Instructors:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall, Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, assisted by Rev. Khalia Williams, Chapel Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Worship and Preaching.

Details and registration

Want to stay for an entire week for independent study/worship planning? See extended stay housing option, or indicate on registration form number of additional nights (departure Friday, May 8).


Water (Horizons Bible Study - Weekday)

Starting: 8/3/2015
Ending: 8/5/2015

Leader: Judy Fletcher, author of the 2015 study guide

Details and registration coming soon!


New Course: Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy

Pastoral Excellence Program

Starting: 8/10/2015
Ending: 8/12/2015

Dates:             Session I - August 10 - 12, 2015

                      Session II – January 11 - 13, 2016

This new, application-based program is designed for mid-career clergy (ten to twenty years into full-time ministry). Applicants should desire to participate in a professional formative conversation, to reflect on their vocational experience, and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of mid-career clergy: facing either a normative or unanticipated career transition; standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort; engaging in reflective self-assessment; and finding support among peers.

For an application form, click HERE. The application deadline is April 15, 2015. Applicants will be selected and notified in May. Enrollment is limited and attendance is required at both sessions. For additional information, including a link to the application, click here.

Instructors: Dr. Betty Pugh Mills, Rev. Jonathan Ball


Water (Horizons Bible Study - Weekend)

Starting: 8/14/2015
Ending: 8/15/2015

Leader: Linda Morningstar

Details and registration coming soon!


Writing for Publication with a Religious Voice

Starting: 8/28/2015
Ending: 8/29/2015

Leader:  Beth Waltemath 

Details and registration coming soon!


Using Dialogical Learning in Bible Study: Moving from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side

An Online Course

Starting: 9/1/2015
Ending: 9/30/2015

Using the book by author and educator Israel Galindo this course will help participants reframe their approach to Bible study in the congregational setting. The dialogical learning method will help participants move from being the “sage on the stage to the guide on the side,” and create a more meaningful learning experience for their learners.

This program is for congregational teachers, clergy, or Bible teachers in other contexts. This online study will guide the participant through the process of learning about and developing the dialogical learning method based on the book by Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, How To Be The Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson). The dialogical method will help teachers change their approach to teaching from teacher-centered to student-focused.

This course begins September 1 and ends September 30, 2015. Early registration discount deadline is August 15, 2015. Register early!

Instructors: Dr. Steven Booth and Dr. Israel Galindo

Details and Registration coming soon!


Compass Points Courses: Articulating our Mission, Role and Value and Personnel and Leadership

Location TBA

Starting: 9/13/2015
Ending: 9/19/2015

Course information and registration will be provided by the PCCCA. Questions?  Contact Joel Winchip, PCCCA Executive Director, at joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232.


Life is a Sacred Story: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future with Sacred Journaling

Certificate in Spiritual Formation (An Online Course)

Starting: 9/14/2015
Ending: 10/9/2015

Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can also be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, using writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share with others.  This is an online course.

Instructors: Carl McColman and Israel Galindo

Details and Registration


Spirituality Program 20th Anniversary Celebration

Starting: 9/18/2015
Ending: 9/20/2015

Keynote Speaker: Rodger Nishioka

Details and registration coming soon!


 


Guthrie Scholars Learning Cohort 2015

Starting: 9/21/2015
Ending: 9/25/2015

The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis.  Selected applicants are invited to campus to pursue their topic of choice focusing on a pressing issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The program covers the cost of a single room and meals in the dining hall during the week. Applications reviewed as they are received, and enrollment is limited. Additional information including the program brochure and application may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars


Landscapes of Renewal

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 10/22/2015
Ending: 10/25/2015

Leader: Bill Brown

Location: Montreat Conference Center

Details and Registration coming soon!


Growing Into Tomorrow…Today (PCUSA Board of Pensions Retirement Planning Seminar) Housing and Meals Registration

Starting: 10/27/2015
Ending: 10/28/2015

Planning for retirement can be challenging. This free-two day seminary is for members of the PCUSA Board of Pensions and guests planning to retire within the next fifteen years. Look beyond finances to inform, educate, and inspire a journey toward wholeness in retirement. Seminar attendees will:

  • Identify key questions for discernment;
  • Assess their finances, options for saving before retirement, and reasonable expectations for retirement living;
  • Define and discuss retirement healthcare and housing options; and
  • Create their next steps in life balance, relationships, housing, health and finances

 

The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist and retirement planning consultants. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2015. For questions, please contact Board University at education@pensions.org or 800-773-7752, extension 7223.

NOTE: Following registration through the Board of Pensions, participants will receive detailed instructions about how to register for housing and meals.

Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Team 


Render Unto Caesar Housing and Meals Registration

(Board of Pensions Seminar)

Starting: 10/29/2015
Ending: 10/29/2015

Terms of call and clergy taxes can be complicated. This free one-day seminar is for those involved in church finances. Addressing how to structure terms of call to be more cost-effective and to clarify clergy tax issues, it’s designed for church treasurers, business administrators, active clergy, and session or mid council leaders. Participants will be able to:

  • Find Board resources to assist you in their role;
  • Summarize Traditional Program benefits coverage and options;
  • Define clergy tax and housing allowance basics;
  • Recognize the benefits of reimbursements versus allowances;
  • Illustrate structuring terms of call and calculating effective salary; and
  • Identify the benefits of saving for retirement with the 403 (b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Registration for this seminar will open in July 2015. For questions, please contact Board University at education@pensions.org or 800-773-7752, extension 7223.

NOTE: Following registration through the Board of Pensions, participants will receive detailed instructions about how to register for housing and meals.

Instructors: Board of Pensions Education Specialist


Ignatian Spirituality

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 11/9/2015
Ending: 11/13/2015

Instructor: Jim Dant

Details and registration coming soon!



Leadership in Ministry Workshop (Atlanta)

Starting: 11/16/2015
Ending: 11/19/2015

Dates:     Session I - Nov. 16-19, 2015
               Session II – March 7-9, 2016

The Center for Lifelong Learning will host a second cohort for Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops beginning in the fall of 2015. Participants will learn how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to their own ministry contexts and explore the theological implications of these concepts. This program is comprised of two three-day sessions (fall and spring). Each session follows the themes of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s book, Generation to Generation, with one day devoted to each of the minister’s three interlocking families: the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended), congregation member families and the congregation as a family. 

The Program fee of $480 includes all program fees, refreshments and six meals for each session (dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday). Thanks to a generous grant, two nights of housing are provided for each session.

Registration for the 2015-16 Cohort will open in May, 2015.


Flint River Presbytery III

Starting: 11/18/2015
Ending: 11/20/2015

Thanks to a partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Presbytery, participants will continue their exploration of family systems and congregational leadership with Dr. Ron Richardson.


Save the Dates: Diana Butler Bass to lead January Seminars

Starting: 1/19/2016
Ending: 1/21/2016

Details and Registration information to follow in the spring 2015.


Metaphors, Imagination, and the Art of the Psalms

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Starting: 1/28/2016
Ending: 1/31/2016

Instructor: Ryan Bonfiglio 

Details and registration coming soon!


Spirituality in the Smartphone Age

Starting: 2/16/2016
Ending: 2/18/2016

Some commentators praise the power of technology to help us organize and connect. Others say the Internet is decimating our attention spans and weakening our relationships in real life. The truth is somewhere in between. This workshop will give participants a theological grounding to navigate the joys and perils of this continually-evolving digital age, and practical wisdom to apply in the context of their ministry settings. This program is for pastors, Christian educators, and other church leaders charged with helping congregations think critically and live faithfully as 21st century followers of Jesus.

Instructor: MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Details and Registration coming soon!


Compass Points Certificate Courses: Biblical and Theological Foundations

Starting: 2/29/2016
Ending: 3/3/2016

Details and registration coming soon!


Compass Points Certificate Course: Program Design and Implementation

Starting: 3/3/2016
Ending: 3/5/2016

Leaders: Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip

Details and registration coming soon!


Spiritual Formation and Older Adults

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Starting: 4/11/2016
Ending: 4/13/2016

The last third of life death presents some of life’s great spiritual challenges.  This course explores the journey of aging as a series of stable periods and transitions, each with spiritual, theological and ethical issues—aging and frailty, taking responsibility, finding meaning, being in relationships, leaving a legacy, facing diminishment and death.

Leader: Henry C. Simmons, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Christian Education, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond VA.

Details and registration coming soon!


Framing Theological Questions with Older Adults

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Course

Starting: 4/14/2016
Ending: 4/16/2016

Through study of scripture, Reformed creeds, and theological reflection, we will explore Reformed theological topics, with a particular focus on how these relate to middle-and older-adulthood: heaven; resurrection; realm of God’s rule; guilt and forgiveness; bereavement; the nature of body/soul; cremation vs. burial or donation of body to science; organ donation; medical ethics related to end-of-life issues; aging as God’s plan for human life; and the church as a caring and supporting community.

Leader:  Rev. Marvin Simmers, Ed.D., retired pastor and Christian educator.

Details and Registration Coming Soon!


Thompson Scholars 2016

Topic to be announced spring 2015

Starting: 4/26/2016
Ending: 4/29/2016

Leader: Ralph Watkins and other

For general information about the Thompson Scholars Program, visit www.ctsnet.edu/thompson-scholars.