Columbia Seminary Learning Opportunities

Columbia Theological Seminary
Center for Lifelong Learning

April 9, 2014

Late Summer/Early Fall Opportunities

Two Horizons Bible Study Leader courses in August Weekday course features Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, author of the 2014-15 Study. Weekend format led by Sharol Hayner.

 Educating in Faith This course of study explores the nature of faith and the educational formative processes to help faith grow. Read More.

Evelyn Underhill: Foremother of Contemporary Spirituality (Certificate in Spiritual Formation course, open to all participants) This class will explore Underhill’s life and her writings on mysticism, worship, the spiritual life, the church, prayer and spiritual direction. Read More.

Key Practices for Intergenerational Ministry (A GenOn Ministries course) Educators, clergy and other leaders interested in intergenerational ministries are encouraged to attend this one day seminar. Read More.

2014 Guthrie Scholars Program Accepting Applications Recipients of the Guthrie Scholarship are invited to campus for a week of study on a pressing topic engaging the Church from a Reformed perspective. Apply here.

NEW in 2014-15

 Adventures in Ministry Fewer than 150 in your worship service? This event is for you!

This seminar addresses three key aspects of small church vitality. Discounts for teams available. Read More.

Leadership in Ministry Workshops – for clergy and ministry leaders Register now for this ongoing leadership development program grounded in family systems theory. Read More.

Money and Your Ministry (An Online Course) This four week course addresses the matter of money and ministry rarely touched upon: coming to terms with one’s relationship with money and how that impacts ministry leadership for stewardship. Read More.

Congregations: A System of Relationships (An Online Course) This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congregational context and congregational leadership. Read More.

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 Registration 4-8 weeks prior to each course is encouraged, as pre-course preparation and 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.

The Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary

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Decatur, GA  30031

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Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.

Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.


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Spreading the spirit of General Assembly Facebook page offers way to connect before June 14-21 gathering in Detroit


With the 221st General Assembly just about three months away, theOffice of the General Assembly is hoping to get Presbyterians into the spirit of the biennial gathering.

Building on image-based social media platforms like Instagram and Tumblr that have gained popularity in recent years, OGA started a “Spirit of GA” Facebook page. Through photo and video postings of the people, sights and sounds that make up an Assembly, the Facebook page is one way of inviting people to this year’s Assembly, meeting in Detroit June 14-21.

“The idea was to lead people into GA in a creative and innovative way,” said the Rev. Toya Richards Jackson, OGA’s associate for communications and assistant stated clerk. “It’s a place to feature the people and the personalities that make up the spirit of the General Assembly meeting.”

Featuring short videos, links to related sites, features on Detroit and photos and quotes from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff, the page has gotten a great response since its first posting Feb. 10, Jackson said. The page has hundreds of likes on Facebook and thousands of views.

The Spirit of GA page will likely stay active through the Assembly, serving as a complement to the official Assembly page, which will host business, registration, news and logistical information, Jackson said.

OGA will focus more on social media this year and will have designated social media and video teams for the first time. These teams will share information and snapshots of the Assembly and will be in addition to the traditional webpage and newspaper attendees might be used to.

“We’ve got to give people options for staying plugged in, and social media is a way to do that,” Jackson said. “The goal is to be as helpful as possible. We want to give people more of an opportunity to have the full experience of the Assembly.”


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Resources Available To Help Employers Claim Tax Credit
for Tax Year 2013


For the fourth and final year since the Small Employer Healthcare Tax Credit was offered in its current form to small tax-exempt employers –  including churches with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees –  the Board of Pensions is once again providing resources on to help PC(USA) churches and other employing organizations claim this credit.


The tax credit is refundable. Even if you have no taxable income, you may be eligible to receive the credit as a refund as long as it does not exceed your income tax withholding and Medicare tax liability. Some churches have reported saving thousands of dollars in taxes, which means more money for mission, maintenance, and other needs.


Have questions? Read more on, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to speak with a member service representative, or contact your Regional Representative. Remember, we’re here to help.

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