Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Continuing education at Candler is designed to meet the ongoing educational needs of ordained clergy, diaconal ministers, church professionals and laity of all denominations who want to grow in their theological, spiritual and biblical knowledge.

The Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute offers theology courses for laity of all denominations, in partnership with a variety of congregations. The seminars are taught by faculty from Candler School of Theology and professionals. Churches and Candler School of Theology serve as host sites for the courses. The curriculum provides excellent theological education for a lay, ecumenical student body. The goal of the Lay Theology Institute is to provide stimulating theological study to persons regardless of their religious or academic background.

The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration provides advance study for church administrators, ministers, financial secretaries, and denominational administrators. The institute offers courses required for certification by the National Association of Church Business Administration, the United Methodist Association of Church Business Administrators, and other denominational associations. Weekly seminars held in the month of June are taught by faculty from Candler, and by nationally recognized professionals in church administration. 

Through the Candler Course Access auditing program, laity and clergy may sit in on up to two courses per semester at a reduced fee ($25 application fee; $200 registration fee, per course). Continuing education units (CEUS) for auditing can be obtained by paying an additional fee at a rate of $25 per unit (credit hour). Space for auditing is limited based on space availability, approval by the director of lifelong learning and course instructor. Applications must be received one month prior to the semester start date.

Academic credit for individual classes can be obtained by registering with the admissions department as a special student. The admission department can be reached at

Made possible by the Susan H. and W. H. Marcy Trust, this program works to improve the quality of preaching in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Annually, six pastors nominated by their district superintendents participate in a week of seminars and special study on the Emory campus during the month of October. Participants return to their respective congregations in Florida to demonstrate their new skills and then attend a March Marcy Preaching Fellowship reunion in Florida to share their experiences with one another.

This program allows individuals to design their own program of study for growth in ministry. Individuals may make arrangements to come to campus at a time of their own choosing to use the library, sit in on classes, and work with a faculty consultant. Application for participation in this program must be made six weeks before study on campus and is subject to approval by the director of lifelong learning. Auditing fees apply. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

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