For the Bookshelf: The Lay Driven Church

For the Bookshelf: The Lay Driven Church

Steinbron, Melvin J. The Lay Driven Church. Regal Publishing Company, 1997.

By guest blogger Lois Page

There have been those to say, “Laypeople do not get involved in the church because they are lazy.” Author Melvin J. Steinbron, demolishes that theory…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Dealing With The Pushy Parent

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I receive an e-mail from a church staff member about that perennial problem: the pushy parent (sometimes called “helicopter parents”). The problem comes in all forms. Parents who want allowances…

Education by Israel Galindo

Back to Basics: Leadership Rules 101

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I enjoy those leadership books that revisit the basics. While some books on leadership are better than others, I always find it helpful to be reminded of the fundamentals. Whenever I’ve…

The Hawthorne Effect

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I remember a playful experiment using the Hawthorne effect I conducted when I was a school principle. There was a kindergarten teacher that I thought would make a great first…

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Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Last week I had two interesting conversations with familiar strangers. By “familiar strangers” I mean those people we have become comfortable around because of propinquity yet don’t really know. You know…

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:

Great Quotes on Ministry

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In one course on ministry practice I invited several guest speakers to visit the class and share their experiences and thoughts about ministry. After each visit students in the class posted…

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…

Can You Pass This C.E. Test?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Throwing out some old files and materials  I stumbled across an old final exam from a course I offered over two decades ago when I was teaching adjunctively. Reviewing the course…

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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…

Life Assessment

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In 1990 I was asked to design a course for Trinity College in their adult education program (yes, I’m still tossing out files. I’m doing pretty good on this New Year’s…

An Intelligent Person

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I met a rare kind of person last week. He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person. There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that…

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What Will They Say About You?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

All leaders want to be great. But the reality is most leaders of an organization will not have a long enough tenure in office, or realize sufficiently significant accomplishments to leave…

Speaking the Truth in Love

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community. I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community…

Family Ties:  Blessing and Curse

By Joey Olson

I was a District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church and have studied Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) since 1990 when I heard Ed Friedman present his work at a Minister’s Week at Southern Methodist University in…

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