Non-Degree Programs

LIFE Program

LIFE (Lifelong Learner Institute of Faith Exploration) is a program that invites women and men to study scripture and explore Christian faith and life. It challenges participants to become life long learners and disciples, faithful witnesses to the gospel and leaders of the church. LIFE is sponsored jointly by the Missouri Mid-South Conference, the Illinois South Conference and Eden Theological Seminary (all United Church of Christ) with participants coming from many different denominations and faith traditions.

Six seminars are held each academic year on Eden’s campus (mid September, early November, early January, early March, and late April) and are taught by highly trained and skilled teachers many of which are professors at Eden. LIFE seminars are taught as Saturday only events typically from 9am to 4pm.

The Saturday only classes are $130 and include a light breakfast and lunch. The cost of preparatory reading materials (books, articles, etc) is additional.

One Friday evening to Sunday morning Discernment Retreat is held in June or July each year. To complete the Congregational Leadership Certificate participants must complete all 12 seminars and one discernment retreat.

Please visit our Events page where you can find your next opportunity to register for LIFE.

Credit Non-Degree

Students have the option to take courses for credit without the pursuit of a formal degree. The application process is similar to the Masters programs but with a shorter application form. Include a statement of reason for applying and one academic reference. The deadline for applying is two weeks before the beginning of the semester you want to attend. Standard application, student and tuition fees apply.

Course Auditing

Students may sit in on a course without receiving credit for it. Auditors will complete course work but it is not graded and not transferable into a degree program. Enrollment comes at the discretion of the professor and our accrediting body, the ATS. Professors will decide participation levels for each course. There is a limit on number of auditors per class, so get your requests in as early as possible.

Auditors pay half the cost of the course and textbooks as required by the professor. There is no fee to apply to audit a course.


Ready to apply for a non-degree course or audit a class?
Direct any questions to [email protected] or 314-918-2501.


Continuing Education

Eden is helping lead the effort towards new partnerships in ministry. Despite the differences between denominations or religious groups, we can all come together towards a common goal—bettering the world.

We host events focused on contemporary topics to help guide you thoughtfully through significant issues in ministry.

Yearly Events
  • Opening Convocation
  • Schmeichen Lectures
  • Faculty Features
  • Brueggemann-Kulenkamp lectures
  • Boundary Training
  • LIFE (Lay Institute for Faith Exploration)

Check Our Calendar