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…

Old Dogs, New Tricks, and Learning

February 12, 2018—A participant in a recent online course introduced himself as an “old dog,” and expressed trepidation about managing his first online learning experiencea “new trick” for him. Ultimately he did just fine, with the help of an attentive…

Education by Israel Galindo

Unraveling Wicked Problems

February 5, 2018—One of the most critical skills leaders need, arguably now more than ever, is that of problem solving. The challenges facing congregations and organizations continue to become more technologically complex, socially entangled, costly, and multi-faceted. It is evident…

New Colloquy Announced for Rural Churches and for Latino/a Clergy

January 30, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for the first new programs made possible by a $1 million grant to expand its Pastoral Excellence Program. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment…

Why You Need a Christian Education Leadership Team in Your Church

January 29, 2018—If there’s one thing to learn from lone rangers, it’s that communal congregational life cannot be healthy and effective when one, two, or a few people run the show with agendas that do not consider the overall educational…

Education by Israel Galindo

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…

Anxiety and the Myth of Security

January 15, 2018—I have observed manifestations of how anxiety can lead to reactivity in a search for security. This reactivity takes the form of people seeking certitude in a time of uncertainty. But the fact is that security, guarantees, and…

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…

Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative

December 22, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations…

Learning has a lot in common with eating

December 18, 2017—At a recent teacher development seminar for church educators a teacher came up to me after the presentation. He shared a challenge he faced in his adult Bible class. His class was made up of a variety of…

Education by Israel Galindo

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

Distributive Leadership

December 4, 2017—Leadership, by its nature, is an isolating enterprise. Leaders need to stand apart, sometimes they stand alone; often leadership is a lonely state of being. There are organizations, churches and non-profits included, that take a different approach by…

Choosing Principles over Relationships

November 27, 2017—This is one of those rules that at first pass sounds “anti-Christian” and counter-intuitive. We are taught that relationship is at the heart of what it means to be Christian and at the center of what it means…

The Rebellious Pillow: A Story

November 20, 2017—I know a man who likes to sleep, although he’s not a lazy person by any means. He is responsible, competent, and productive in his work, but he likes his sleep! In fact, he is the only person…

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