An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

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…

Center for Lifelong Learning Provides Online Certificate for Elders

November 18, 2017—The Presbytery of Wabash Valley based in Rochester, IN recently completed its first course as part of a new effort to provide online education for leaders in local churches. A new Ruling Elder Certificate Program was created by…

Leadership Lessons from Baboons

November 13, 2017—Robert Sapolsky, the hirsute professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford University, has been studying stress in primate populations for years (he is also a master lecturermany a classroom professor can learn a thing or two watching…

Helping Children Deal With Grief

November 6, 2017—Agreement among my clergy colleagues is they would rather do funerals than weddings. And lately, it seems, most of the clergy I know conduct more funerals than weddings these daysat least so they report. A funeral often is…

Courageous Leaders

October 30, 2017—Courageous leaders, which seem to be in short supply lately, are one of the most important facets of congregational leadership. Courage is the flip side to the claim to authority for the authentification of the leadership position. And…

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…

Ghost Hunters and Exorcists

October 9, 2017—Leaders new to a system often have to contend with the “ghosts” in the system, things that go bump in the night and block progress, defy explanations and create corporate habits and practices that make no sense. Ghosts…

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…

Best Procedure for Teaching Facts

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

September 18, 2017—While facts are not altogether the most important thing in learning, they remain, nevertheless very important. Acquiring factual knowledge is fundamental, but not rudimentary….

Education by Israel Galindo

Role vs. Function: Which do you most focus on?

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

September 11, 2017—A friend recently shifted from an associate pastor position (“second chair”) to senior pastor (“first chair”) in his congregation. This is not a common…

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

3 More Persistent Myths About Leadership

August 28, 2017—There are many persistent myths about what leadership is all about. Pastors and lay leaders alike are subject to an enormous amount of mixed messages about what leadership is and what it entails. Some lay leaders tend to…

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