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Lifelong Learning Announces Courses for Educational Ministry


The Center for Lifelong Learning announces the following courses designed for persons desiring to enhance their understanding and practice of educational ministry.  

“Parents: Christian Educators on the Frontlines,” led by certified Christian Educator Dr. Anna Brown, leads off the series on September 13-14. This course is intentionally offered early in the program year to provide support for parents, church school and classroom teachers who desire more information – and practical tips – for serving as a primary Christian educator for children in their families of care.  Early registration of $125 per person is offered through July 12; after July 12 the program fee is $145 per person, discounted to $130 per person if 2+ from the same group attend. To register, click here.  

On Nov. 7-10, Christen Erskine will lead “Discovering God’s Prophecy: Scripture, Wonder, Response" (Godly Play© for Adults). Erskine, a certified Godly Play© trainer, will offer a learning retreat during which learners may experience new ways to hear the story of the prophets, a chance to wonder how the prophets connect with contemporary life, and the opportunity to respond to God’s Word by creating something new.  This class will offer credit towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation for any who complete the pre- and post- course assignments. For details and registration, click here.  

“Big Ideas for Youth Ministry” begins the year in a BIG way on January 22-24. Experience speed faithing, a GO BIG youth ministry party and keynote with Rodger Nishioka, noted youth and young adult ministry expert. The conference team will share tips to design a youth ministry based on 25 best practices – from how to recruit volunteers to preparing for international travel. A copy of the “Big Book of Best Practices” is included with registration. Early bird registration is available through October 1. Click here for more information and to register.  

“Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship” will take place April 23-25, 2014.  Leaders Anne Apple and Kathy Dawson will guide participants to consider how to create a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and the world. Special attention will be given to the elementary school children six through twelve years of age, with consideration for how to encourage discipleship into youth and young adulthoor. For more information, including registration discounts for two or more persons from the same congregation or group, click here.  

Persons interested in registering for these and other courses in Lifelong Learning are encouraged to register at least 8-12 weeks before the class begins, as pre-course preparation may be part of the course design.  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.  

For information about these or other Lifelong Learning courses, contact Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning at  or call 404.687.4587. To view a current listing of courses, visit

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens of lifelong learning courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people.

Center for Lifelong Learning
phone: 404.687.4587

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