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Certificate Programs

The Center for Lifelong Learning offers three leadership programs that lead to certification. Most certification courses are offered on the seminary campus, in Decatur, GA, with scheduling convenient for working participants. There are no academic prerequisites for admission to the programs, and there is no time limit on completion of the coursework. Most courses are open to participants who do not wish to complete a certification program.

Christian Spiritual Formation

For both laypersons and ministers, this program is designed to develop skills in offering spiritual leadership to others. The curriculum includes an introductory “immersion” experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. Coursework is typically completed in three to five years, and as many as three elective courses may be completed at our partner institution, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Compass Points (A Certification Program for Camp and Conference Leaders)

Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) have developed a certification program for camp and conference leaders. Participants who successfully complete all eight courses, offered at the seminary, as pre-events at PCCCA Annual Conferences in the fall, and as an independent study, will receive a certificate at the conclusion of their studies. For additional information about the scope of the program, click here.

Spiritual Direction

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction is a two year training program for those seeking to discern their call and develop and strengthen their skills and gifts as spiritual directors. Grounded in the tradition of Christian spirituality, the curriculum includes four intensive weeklong classes, individual readings and reflections, and a yearlong practicum with supervision.