The Myth of Competence

The Myth of Competence

December 25, 2017—Some years ago I did a presentation titled “The Myth of Competence.” It developed out of my observation that so many leaders live under a crushing load of performance-anxiety and a frame of mind I called the myth…

Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative

December 22, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations…

You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

[Editor’s note: We think this video post by Andrew Kukla deserves reposting! Enjoy!]

By Andrew Kukla, MDiv. ’03 and DMin. ’12

I got the idea to do sermon teasers from a NEXT Church conference and the awesome folk at 90…

Light cannot be erased blogpost.

Learning has a lot in common with eating

December 18, 2017—At a recent teacher development seminar for church educators a teacher came up to me after the presentation. He shared a challenge he faced in his adult Bible class. His class was made up of a variety of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

December 14, 2017—Christmas greeting cards are not about Jesus. At least for me.

HH and I send Christmas cards every year as my own parents did for over 30 years.  It’s an intentional practice to connect – at least one…

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

Praxis: Reflection, Practice, Transformation

December 7, 2017—Praxis is one of those buzzwords that frequently appears in conversations about theological education. It also is a cornerstone for adult learning theory.

Dictionary.com defines praxis, a noun, as 1. practice, distinguished from theory; application or use,…

Distributive Leadership

December 4, 2017—Leadership, by its nature, is an isolating enterprise. Leaders need to stand apart, sometimes they stand alone; often leadership is a lonely state of being. There are organizations, churches and non-profits included, that take a different approach by…

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