Decatur, GA (COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY COMMUNICATIONS) — The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for the first new programs made possible by a $1 million grant to expand its Pastoral Excellence Program. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.
The Colloquy for Clergy Series will build on the success of the CLL’s Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy to offer new colloquies for clergy in particular stages or settings of ministry, and of demographic groups. The first two scheduled are the Colloquy for Rural Church Clergy and the Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy. Both will be held on the seminary campus, and include two sessions (summer and winter).
“We are excited about these two new Colloquies,” said Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education at the seminary. “The leadership teams bring excellent skills and experience, and the support from the Lilly Endowment allows the CLL to broaden our outreach to clergy groups that tend to have specific interests and concerns that may be overlooked. We are pleased to partner with the Lilly Endowment’s ongoing work to strengthen pastoral leadership in congregations in the United States.”
The Rural Church Colloquy will be held on August 6-8, 2018 and February 11-13, 2019. Applications are due on June 1, 2018, and may be submitted via this link. Leadership will be provided by Jonathan Davis and Camille Josey. Davis is pastor at Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock, VA, and is the founder of the Small Town Churches Network. He also serves on the Virginia Baptist Mission Council, the Opioid Addiction Task Force for Virginia’s Tidewater Region, and writes opinion columns featured in religious news outlets around the country. Josey received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and currently serves as pastor at Silver Creek Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). Since March 2017, she has also served as small church mission catalyst for the Outreach Foundation. Previously, she worked in Institutional Advancement at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and as mission discipleship coordinator at Kairos Church, both in Atlanta, GA.
The Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy will be held September 17-19, 2018 and February 25-27, 2019. Applications are due by June 1, 2018, and may be submitted via this link. Leadership will be provided by Aracelis Haye and Reuben Ortiz. Haye, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, serves as associate pastor at Church of the City in New London, CT, where she engages her passion for children and youth advocacy, education, social justice, and worship. She also carries this work into the community as she serves as a chaplain and board member. Ortiz is Latino Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, focusing on charting a future for the Fellowship in Latino contexts and implementing related short-term and long-term strategies to more fully integrate the CBF Latino Network into the life of the Fellowship. A noted church planter, he has pastored La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Deltona in Deltona, FL, since 2002.
Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and up to 60 courses and events each year as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The CLL also offers three certificate programs including training spiritual directors, two scholars programs, and a post-graduate Pastoral Excellence Program that is focused on clergy leadership development. Over 800 persons attended CLL’s programs last year. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.