For almost two decades, this cooperative program with Columbia Theology Seminary (Decatur, Ga.) has offered more than 600 laypersons and pastors the opportunity to enter more deeply into the life of the Spirit.

Completion of this challenging program involves

  • participation in an Immersion Experience,
  • six elective courses,
  • a practicum, and
  • a pilgrimage.

The Immersion class and electives offer opportunities for in-depth study, prayer, and reflection with a group of like-minded journeyers.

If you have ever desired to spend serious time cultivating your spiritual life, this program may appeal to you.

Those who have earned the certificate or simply taken an individual class for personal growth have offered uniformly high praise for the instructors and overall spiritual experience.

More details are available below. If you have additional questions after reviewing these materials, please e-mail the Office of Continuing Education at

Upcoming Spiritual Formation Classes at PTS

  • Spiritual Formation classes are open to all interested parties.
  • Enrollment in the Spiritual Formation Certificate (SFC) Program is not required to register for a class.
  • Two classes taken at Columbia Theological Seminary can be applied to the certificate requirements.
  • For more details about the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program or future classes, e-mail or call 412-924-1345.

O Taste and See! The Spirituality of Food / SFC Elective

Sept. 22-25, 2019 / Dan Frayer-Griggs / Learn more.

Let's Play! Using Experimental Forms to Tell the Stories We Need to Tell / SF Event

Nov. 9, 2019 / Lori Jakiela / Learn more.

Spiritual Writing: An Online Class / SFC Elective

Jan. 13-Feb 7, 2020 / Jonathan Callard / Learn more.

The Four Women Doctors: Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard de Bingen / SFC Elective

March 29-April 1, 2020 / Kathleen Flood / Learn more.

A Brief Theology of Christian Prayer / SFC Event

Online sessions: March 8-April 4, 2020; Face-to-face session: April date, 2020 TBD / Ron Cole-Turner / Learn more.

Immersion: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life / SFC Foundational Course

  • A hybrid retreat offering with online sessions May 4-15, 2020 and several online spiritual direction sessions between May 13-June 12, 2020.
  • An in-person (face-to-face) session will be held May 17, 7:00 p.m.-May 20, 12:30 p.m., 2020
  • Mary Lynn Callahan and BJ Woodworth / Learn more.

The Contemplative Practice of Motherhood / SF Retreat

May 15-17, 2020 / Lauren Burdette and Renée Prymus / Learn more.

All for the Glory of God: An Ignatian Retreat /SFC Elective

June 14-17, 2020 / Jeff Eddings / Learn more.

Walking in the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen /SFC Elective

July 19-22, 2020 / BJ Woodworth / Learn more.


Additional Information about the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program

Spiritual Formation Certificate Program Handbook This document may answer many of your questions about the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program.

Registration Form Required for entry into the SFC Program

Housing and Meals

Classes at Columbia Theological Seminary, our partner school for this program.