Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator Candidate with T. Denise Anderson

Repeat after me:

It’s not – and never again will be – about getting new members.

On the heels of Mothers’ Day, I’ve been thinking about…

Is Transformation Possible?

By Margaret J. Marcuson

I’ve been hearing a lot about “church transformation” lately: many church denominations have transformational initiatives, to help turn around declining congregations. There’s a lot of pressure on clergy leaders to produce results, especially numerical growth. The…

For the Bookshelf: The Gift of the Shiksa

By Margaret J. Marcuson

Let me commend to you the latest of Edwin Friedman’s writings to be reissued by Church Publishing, The Myth of the Shiksa. The book includes a number of other essays beyond the title one, including, “An…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Seven Critical Factors in Bringing About Change

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

September 14, 2015—Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either. Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional…

For the Bookshelf: The Apathetic and Bored Church Member

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Just about every year one of our doctoral students approaches me wanting to do a study on why church members leave their congregation. About half the time the motivation behind the…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Just Try a Few Things

By Sarai Rice, Congregational Consulting Group

These are tough times for mature congregations. You know the ones I mean– congregations with “parlors” and pipe organs and portrait galleries of past ministers (and carpets that can’t be spilled on and furniture…

Releasing the Laity

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

One of the courses I taught at seminary went by the clumsy title of “Developing Lay Leadership in the Congregation.” I always thought it one of the most important courses I…

Education by Israel Galindo

When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can “Bring In Young Families”

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01

Almost every church I’ve ever known has wanted to Attract Young Families. The reasoning behind this includes the following:

If we don’t regenerate, everyone will eventually get old and die. It’s energizing to have young people…

Churches, Jan Edmiston

For the Bookshelf: Ancient-Future Evangelism

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith -Forming Community, Robert Webber, Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Baptist Seminary continues the “ancient-future” theme from previous works, the Ancient-Future Worship website, Ancient-Future…

When is a Sunday School Class Too Large?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

October 13, 2014—Every once in a while I get a chance to visit congregations with large Sunday School or Sunday morning Bible classes. Some of these classes have between…

How Church Size Influences Christian Education

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

September 15, 2014—There are many factors that influence Christian education programming in church congregations. Two of those factors are staff leadership and congregational size. While we may desire otherwise the…

For the Bookshelf: The Order of Ministry

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

September 8, 2014—Topics and themes have a cyclical life to them, coming into popular dialogue and debate and then receding into the background, as others become the “hot” issue…

Growing Through Mission

By Donald R. Frampton (DMin ’82), Senior Pastor, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans.

May 13, 2014—I am tired of closing down churches!  As the pastor of a congregation that enjoys great health, I am too often called upon by Presbytery to…

Growing through mission by: Donald R. Frampton
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