Office of Lifelong Learning

The Office of Lifelong Learning is located on the Emory University campus and can be reached at 404.727.0714 or at

Continuing Education Opportunities

Through a variety of continuing education programs, Candler promotes ongoing learning for ordained clergy, diaconal ministers, church professionals, and laity of all denominations.

Continuing education events are designed to meet the ongoing learning needs of persons who want to grow in their theological, spiritual, and biblical knowledge. These events are held on campus and at various locations.

Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute

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.

National Institute in Church Finance and Administration

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, the Goizueta Business School, and by nationally recognized professionals in church administration. The complete NICFA program consists of four weeks of seminars and the completion of an individual project.

Marcy Preaching Fellowship

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. 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.

Independent Reading Program

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.