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Dr. Love Sechrest Named VP, Dean of Faculty

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Dr. Love Sechrest Named VP, Dean of Faculty

April 9, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Love L. Sechrest to be the school’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Associate Professor of New Testament. She is currently…

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Lifelong Learning has partnered with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation to help address the crises of clergy forced termination. If you have experienced a forced termination from your ministry consider attending the Healthy Transitions…

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The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

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The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

February 22, 2018—Having recently retired at the ripe old age of 62 and having given it (I felt) considerable thought and prayerful preparation, I thought that some feedback on the “before and after” would be of interest to those contemplating…

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Join the Online Learning Community at the CLL

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Join the Online Learning Community at the CLL

If you haven’t tried online learning for continuing education yet, what’s stopping you? Consider yourself invited to attend any of our upcoming courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Here are three reasons for doing so:

1. The courses at…

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Forced Terminations and Ethics

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Forced Terminations and Ethics

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Lifelong Learning has partnered with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation to help address the crises of clergy forced termination. If you have experienced a forced termination from your ministry consider attending the  Healthy Transitions…

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The Beautiful – Traveling Exhibit

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The Beautiful – Traveling Exhibit

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a national traveling art exhibit called The Beautiful open to the public now through May 24, 2018 The exhibit is made available through CIVA | Christians in the Visual…

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Small But Unlimited

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Small But Unlimited

May 21, 2018—As a bi-vocational pastor, I am constantly reflecting on how one vocation informs the other. I serve a small congregation but I also work through The Outreach Foundation to resource small churches, and to connect them with our…

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Pastor as Pinball

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Pastor as Pinball

I remember a day when – as a parish pastor – I chose cover art for a worship bulletin, did Greek word studies for a sermon on the Gospel of Luke, visited a new mom in the hospital, testified as…

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Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

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Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

I’m excited we’ll be offering the online course “Thriving as A Church Ministry Associate” (June 4 to July 6, 2018). Congregational ministry associates are second chair leaders. They are the lieutenants of the congregation who “get things done.” For…

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Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

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Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Lifelong Learning has partnered with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation to help address the crises of clergy forced termination. If you have experienced a forced termination from your ministry consider attending the Healthy Transitions…

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“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

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“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

“It’s invaluable. It’s scary. It’s joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God.”

Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual director). The Certificate in Spiritual…

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Three Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

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Three Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

April 23, 2018—One of the biggest challenges in ministry is outreach, especially if your church is small and doesn’t have the financial or human resources to do BIG outreach the way some city and suburban churches might. Yet, we are…

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