It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

Education by Israel Galindo

A Church and Its Culture

October 16, 2017—The organizational guru Edgar H. Schein pointed out that culture in organizations tends to not be directly visible because it is something that the members take for granted and which exists as part of the underlying and unconscious…

Possibility and Potentiality

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

June 26, 2017—I had an interesting conversation with a local church minister who expressed frustration about his congregation’s failure to live fully into its potential. That’s…

A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

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

May 29, 2017—Assessment and evaluation are critical practices for any organization. Yet, many congregations do a poor job of assessing and evaluating the multiple and often complex…

If You Ask the Wrong Question You Will Always Get the Wrong Answer

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

We hear the same burning questions as Church Leaders over and over again:

How can we bring young people back into the church?

How can…

Kids driving a boat

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

May 26, 2016—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 a couple of important and unimportant things:

An historic Mother Church is counting down to a terrible anniversary…

Is Church Transformation Possible?

November 16, 2015—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 pressure exists…

For the Bookshelf: The Gift of the Shiksa

September 21, 2015—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 Interview with…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Seven Critical Factors in Bringing About Change

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 and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes…

For the Bookshelf: The Apathetic and Bored Church Member

September 7, 2015—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 study is soon apparent: anxiety from church…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Just Try a Few Things

August 13, 2015—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 that can’t be moved…

Releasing the Laity

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

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…

Education by Israel Galindo

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

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

March 12, 2015—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,…

Churches, Jan Edmiston

For the Bookshelf: Ancient-Future Evangelism

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

February 23, 2015—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…

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…