Dimensions of Personal Care for Christian Educators

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The ministry and work of the professional church educator is challenging and demanding. The fact is that the more you stay in the field and in the ministry (especially if you stay in the same ministry context) the job only gets more complex, not less. Educational leadership is the kind of job that involves evolutionary development. Just when you think you’ve got the job down it expands, grows, evolves, morphs, changes, and shifts into different venues, levels, areas, and forms. At the very least we can say it will always be interesting. But it is also a job that never ends.

Given that reality it is easy for church educators to slip into routines of “getting by,” or, get into patterns of overfunctioning that result in neglect of self care and important dimensions of personal growth. In order to stay on their game and practice sound stewardship of their calling, educators need to give attention to these critical areas:

Evaluate yourself on how well you cultivate those seven areas of life and ministry. If you neglect any of them it will not take long before the others are affected. And here i s what we need to be aware of: we may fool ourselves about how well we are doing in those critical areas, but we will not fool others—our families, colleagues, or church members—for long.

Adapted from A Christian Educator’s Book of Lists by Israel Galindo (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, ) You can order the book from the publisher, or from Amazon.com.

Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. Formerly, he was Dean at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer and Don Reagan.

His books on Christian education include The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice), and A Christian Educator’s Book of Lists (S&H).
Galindo contributes to the Wabash Center’s blog for theological school deans and to the Digital Flipchart blog.

 

One thought on “Dimensions of Personal Care for Christian Educators”

  1. dockld says:

    Reblogged this on hope4ce and commented:
    This week we will be featuring the wisdom of Dr. Israel Galindo for several posts. This first one talks about the personal care that educators so often ignore in their ministries. This is a reblog from Columbia Connections.

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