A Church and Its Culture

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…

How to Deal With a Wall

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

September 25, 2017—One of the first dollars I made on a job was knocking through a wall in a New York City brownstone. I used a…

What May Congregations Look Like?

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

September 4, 2017—The formation of the congregation as an expression of Church happened before the close of the New Testament era in the first century. Jesus’…

Beth Waltemath

Discussing Church: Disability, Donuts, Faith, and Friendship

August 31, 2017—Sitting down to dinner with a group of friends with intellectual disabilities, I asked if they’d help me with this blog post on how churches can be more intentional about welcoming and fully involving people with intellectual disabilities….

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…

The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff

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

June 12, 2017—For those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality ministry staff colleagues, here are the ten most common ways pastors ruin church…

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…

Can You Stop Sabotage?

Sabotage is a predictable reactive phenomenon to the threat of change. Anytime leaders work toward change, of whatever kind, they can expect reactivity. As such, we should always expect it. The form it takes, however, is often surprising.

Defecting in Place

Defecting in place isn’t about behaving in a passive/aggressive manner to get the point of your unhappiness across. It is about being clear about who you are, what your goals are, stating your purpose, and staying on course in living out that purpose, no matter what the sabotage or resistance that comes your way.

Multigenerational Transmission

I offer three reasons why I believe the multi-generational transmission process (coupled with the notion of the emotional field) is the most important piece of Bowen Theory.

Going to Church v. Being Church

by Adam L. Bond; Associate Professor of Historical Studies’ The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University; and 2017 Thompson Scholars keynote speaker

I caught myself the other day. When the snow started falling across the east…

going to church vs being church

For the Bookshelf: The Equipping Church

By Shelby Jones, Assistant Director at New Life Connections Ministry, Glenn Allen, Virginia

In The Equipping Church, author Sue Mallory takes her readers on the journey she and her pastor, Charles, went on as they brought their vision for Brentwood…

For the Bookshelf: Letting Go, by Roy Phillips

Reviewed by guest blogger Bryan Maupin

Roy Phillips’ Letting Go (Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 1999) starts with the assertion that ministers need to “let go” of their need to control every aspect of their congregation, and to let the members…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Offering A Little Extra

By Jay Lynn, 2015 Thompson Scholar

Soon after moving to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, we were dining in a nicer-than-usual (for us, anyway) restaurant. At the end of the meal, our server came by and asked “Would you like…

"Offering a Little" is the 2015 Thompson Scholar sermon by Jay Lynn.

Congregations as Communities of Faith

July 18, 2016—Congregations are, in their essence, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. Too often, the tendency for is to address congregational issues from…