Tucker’s Top 10

Tucker’s Top 10

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The June 26, 2007 issue of the Christian Century featured “Top ten things pastors long to hear” from Ruth Tucker’s book, Left Behind in a Megachurch (Baker). Here is Tucker’s list:

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

By Shavon Starling Louis, MDiv ’13

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

I have been amazed in recent days,…

Volunteerism and the Future of Church Leadership

By Michael Harton

It is not a stretch to realize that churches are probably the longest standing user of volunteer services. From teaching Sunday school classes, staffing committees to operating the various mission efforts churches are almost completely dependent upon…

Reasons for Not Attending Church

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I met up with some old friends recently, who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting. It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation…

Practicing Theology Without a Net: Theology Pubs, Spiritual Direction, and Letting Go

October 22, 2015—Lately, I’ve been practicing a lot of what I have been thinking of as theology without a net.

Practicing theology without a net happens in public spaces. It does not involve a presentation, PowerPoint slides, or a written…

About That Time My Child Very Nearly Lit the Church on Fire

October 8, 2015—“Mommy, can I get some candy?”

“Yes,” I replied, undaunted in my attempt to preach the Word. My almost four year-old daughter had recently discovered two things: 1) There is a bowl of hard candy in the church…

For the Bookshelf: Living on the Border of the Holy

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

June 15, 2015—Two recent conversations related to the function of priesthood reminded me of the perennial nature of the ordained vs. laity polarity that exists in…

DMin Degree: Growing Pastors as Effective Leaders

By Rev. Karim Currey (DMin ’18), Pastor of Solid Rock AMEZ in Decatur, GA.

Some people want a DMin to be called Doctor, and when they are asked to articulate their theology, they crumble. Then there are others when you…

For the Bookshelf: The Equipper’s Guide to Every-Member Ministry

By Guest Blogger, James Merrifield.

June 1, 2015—I will start by saying that I found R. Paul Steven’s book The Equipper’s Guide to Every-Member Ministry (Regent College Publishing, 1992) to be every bit practical. I also found myself wondering how…

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Ashes for Action

By Dawn Martin Hyde, MDiv ‘12.

February 19, 2015—Following a full morning of #AshesonBART, our church intern Lacey Hunter, elder Tom Pack and I gathered in front of the immigration court building in San Francisco to offer a service of…

The Last Thing You Should Do Is Buy Church Curriculum

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

February 16, 2015—There is one thing you can count on in Christian education at any local church: inevitably (just as certain as death and taxes), Sunday School…

Family Life Cycle Programming in the Church

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

January 5, 2015—Church program leaders will often put on a great event for parents or families, get great feedback, and then oddly, never offer that event again….

For the Bookshelf: Learning the Way

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

December 15, 2014—Once, over lunch during a conference, I asked a church historian and cultural critic if he would ever identify a point at which a congregation…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

For the Bookshelf: The American Church Experience

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

August 11, 2014—After I graduated from seminary I followed up on my promise to myself to read all those books I never got around to reading because of the…

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