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,
  • seven elective courses,
  • a practicum, and
  • a silent retreat.

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.

Spiritual Writing: Formation through Words / SFC Elective

Jan. 11-Feb. 14, 2021 / Jonathan Callard

Growing in Relationship with God: An Immersion Experience / SFC Foundational Class

Jan. 15-Feb. 19, 2021 / Mary Lynn Callahan and B.J. Woodworth 

Traditions of Christian Spirituality: An Overview / SFC Required Elective

March 7-10, 2021 / L. Roger Owens 

Companions in Discernment: Am I Called to Spiritual DIrection? / SFC Elective

June 12 and 26, July 9 and 23, Aug. 6 and 20, 2021 / Carolyn J. Nickerson / Details forthcoming.

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

TBD / Jeff Eddings / Details forthcoming.

Walking in the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen / SFC Elective

TBD / B.J. Woodworth / Details forthcoming.


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.