For the Bookshelf: Teaming Up

For the Bookshelf: Teaming Up

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

The move from rigid and isolated “committees” to a “team approach” continues in many congregations. Sometimes that movement is not much more than a re-organization and…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Even More (Really Exciting) Changes With Leadership in Ministry

A message from Leadership in Ministry Coordinator Bob Dibble:

June 8, 2016—My first involvement with LIM began in 1994, later joining the Faculty. In 2008 Larry Matthews asked me to consider assuming responsibilities as Coordinator of LIM so that he…

For the Bookshelf: Upside Down

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

May 30, 2016—Stacy T. Rinehart’s small volume Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1998. 170 pages) focuses on the leadership model…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

A Repertoire for Leadership in Anxious Times

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

May 23, 2016—Functioning at a high level of self-differentiation is the golden fleece sought by organizational and congregational leaders who are students of Bowen Systems Theory….

For the Bookshelf: The Other Six Days

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

May 2, 2016—R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regents College, Vancouver, BC has provided what should be required reading for seminarians,…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Is Your CE Program Making a Difference?

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

Much of my consultation with schools focuses on educational assessment. Rarely is that the focus of a consultation in a congregation. That is not to say…

Education by Israel Galindo

What Are Seminarians Like These Days?

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

January 25, 2016—I recently received a surprise call from a former professor of mine. He was gracious and kind to call me to congratulate me on…

Education by Israel Galindo

Five Ways to Become a Popular Leader (though not necessarily an effective one)

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

January 18, 2016—Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be…

For the Bookshelf: Perspectives on Congregational Leadership

By Judith FaGalde Bennett, PhD, Executive Director, The Resource Center.

No one has done more to make Bowen Family System Theory (BFST) accessible to the theological community, to local congregational leadership, and to educators than Israel Galindo, Associate Dean and Director…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Is Transformation Possible?

By Margaret J. Marcuson.

November 16, 2015—I’ve been hearing a lot about “church transformation” lately: many church denominations have transformational initiatives, to help turn around declining congregations. There’s a lot of pressure on clergy leaders to produce results, especially numerical…

The Benefits of Planning for Teaching

November 9, 2015—One of the most frustrating things for congregational educators is the little spoken dirty little secret about their teachers and planning. That secret being that most volunteer church educators, Sunday school teachers and Bible study leaders, tend to…

Education by Israel Galindo

What Will You Choose When You Have a Choice?

October 26, 2015—In Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) the concept of differentiation of self is all about functioning. One manifestation of the extent to which one is functioning in a self-differentiated manner is how well one can separate feeling from…

Why Giving Advice is Not As Helpful as You Think

October 12, 2015—Some time ago someone sent me an e-mail asking for advice on a matter. I wrote back saying, “I don’t give advice,” though I did provide some resources related to the question. Later, this person asked me to…

The Facts About Reactivity in Conflict

September 28, 2015—Pastoral leaders often get caught off guard by reactivity. That’s no surprise given that it often feels like a dose of intense raw emotion. That kind of energy goes right to the amygdala (that almond shaped organ in the…

Seven Critical Factors in Bringing About Change

September 14, 2015—Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either. Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes…

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