Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

February 19, 2018—Congregations are, by their nature, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. The tendency for leaders too often is to address congregational issues…

Questioning Change

“Making good judgments about what needs to be preserved, what might be altered, and what should be totally redesigned are the difficult issues that institutions face.” Green and Hayward, Transforming Higher Education.

January 22, 2018—Change is the constant, the saying…

Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to offer the “Fostering Personal Change Workshop” with Dr. Mark Biddle on February 15-16, 2018.

“What was I thinking?” John Smith was pastor of an urban interfaith, interracial, and demographically mixed parish community….

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The Myth of Competence

December 25, 2017—Some years ago I did a presentation titled “The Myth of Competence.” It developed out of my observation that so many leaders live under a crushing load of performance-anxiety and a frame of mind I called the myth…

Learning the Theory

October 2, 2017—The first time I ever heard of Larry Matthews, founder of the Leadership in Ministry workshops, was when I heard his voice on a cassette tape. In Chicago in April 1997, Larry led a workshop on church…

An Interview With LIM Faculty Member Rebecca Maccini

July 10, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) offers the Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops as part of its Pastoral Excellence Programs. LIM uses Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a theory of practice for ministry leadership. Rebecca Maccini…

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…

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.

What Clergy Don’t Talk About

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

Most pastors are good preachers, and some fine pulpiteers and wordsmiths. In their preaching and teaching ministry they need to cover a wide range of topics, issues,…

Playing in Tune

November 2, 2015—When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to play in a woodwind quintet for a wedding. It turned out to be a highlight of my musical experiencemy clarinet joining in with the flute, oboe, bassoon, French…

Money Well Spent: My Leadership In Ministry Experience

October 19, 2015—I entered full-time ministry in the summer of 1990 and by 1994 was beginning to understand, painfully so, some of the more complex and challenging aspects of the demands of congregational ministry. That fall, I attended my first…

Four Goals of the Organizational Leader

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

June 8, 2015—Leaders approach their work in many ways. They use various frames of references to inform how they go about their work. Some, for instance,…

Pastoral Leaders as Resident Theologians

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

June 8, 2015—A new friend shared that she was learning a lot from her reading in The Hidden Lives of Congregations. She said she was…

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