Lifelong Learning

Three LTSS students listening to professor in a classroom

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary provides ongoing practical and theological education for clergy and laity that is engaging and relevant. They are multi-faceted programs grounded in theology and research-based practices to provide transformational learning for courageous leadership in our communities and in the world.

As the seminary's primary avenue for offering continuing education, the Center for Lifelong Learning endeavors to cultivate a learning community through creative resources and settings while providing just-in-time learning.

We invite you to join us in community to learn, discover, question, reflect, pray and reimagine how faith forms us in our life and work together. The Center for Lifelong Learning includes certificate programs, annual events, workshops and seminars, as well as courses for lay education in areas important to purpose and mission.

If you have questions about the Center for Lifelong Learning opportunities, or have suggestions on future offerings, please contact us at or 803.461.3204.

Certification Programs

  • Spiritual Direction Certification
    Our primary purpose is to train people who feel called to be spiritual friends, spiritual companions and those who are interested in deepening their own spiritual practices are also welcome.
  • Public Safety Chaplaincy Certification
    Public Safety Chaplaincy is the work of providing pastoral care and support to employees of first responder agencies and their families, as well as to victims of related public safety incidents.


Join us for upcoming events offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning. 

Kim Bryant

I am grateful for the preparation for ministry and the knowledge we need to serve. The challenges of the courses gave us additional insight and improved our understanding of what it means to serve.

Kim Bryant, MACM '21

News & Events

Class officers Diego Sanjuan and Bethany Perry lead the line of 2024 graduates

In the second week of May, Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold commencement ceremonies recognizing the Class of 2024 at our three campus locations in Hickory, N.C., Asheville, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

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Aerial view of LTSS campus with City of Columbia skyline

The university will grant an honorary doctorate to the Rev. Virginia S. Aebischer, M.Div. ’89, at the May 9 commencement ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina.

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