Decatur, GA—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary announces several new courses in the area of children, youth and young adult ministry for the coming year.
The Center will partner with the Godly Play Foundation and offer Core Training taught by certified GP trainers Christen Erskine and Sharon Greeley in a fully-equipped Godly Play classroom at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta on three Saturdays this fall:
- September 22 (Spirituality of Childhood and Sacred Stories)
- October 20 (Managing the Circle and Parables)
- November 10 (Environment and Liturgical Actions)
Participants may register for one, two or all three events, via the Godly Play Foundation website. Experience with Godly Play is helpful, but not required for this event.
Experienced Godly Play leaders should save the dates March 15-17 for “Godly Play: Extending the Core”. This second event, to be held on the seminary campus, will allow leaders to go more deeply into storytelling, in a retreat-like setting with time for worship and workshops.
“Parents: Christian Educators on the Frontlines” led by certified Christian Educator Dr. Anna Brown is offered on October 26-27. Brown, a Christian educator at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth GA and adjunct professor of Christian Education at McAfee School of Theology, has designed this short course with parents, church staff and volunteers in mind. The course will examine the applicable biblical, theological, developmental and cultural foundations of this conversation, as well as engage in practical ways to equip parents to embrace their task as primary Christian educators of their children. Registration discounts are offered for two or more persons from the same congregation or group. To register, click here.
“Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship” will take place April 11-13, 2013. Led by experienced teacher, workshop and youth leader Anne Apple, interim associate pastor at Idlewild Presbyterian in Memphis, TN and Kathy Dawson, associate professor of Christian Education at the seminary, this event looks at ways that we can act as a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and world. Special attention will be given to the elementary school ages of six-twelve, but there will also be times of engaging with how these methods of discipleship may then lead to continued progression in the youth and young adult years. There will be real life congregational models shared as well as opportunities to engage in intergenerational mission activities as a part of this event. For more information, including registration discounts for two or more persons from the same congregation or group, click HERE.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, endeavors to prepare imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world. The seminary was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).