Distributive Leadership

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…

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…

When They Circle the Wagons…Draw a Triangle!

October 23, 2017—The time finally came to deal with the cold (and occasionally, not-so-cold) war between the Director of Music Ministries and the Organist. Lines had been drawn. Sides had been chosen. It was like someone had given the old…

Five Practices to Lower Anxiety in the Current Political Climate

October 19, 2017—There are a lot of swirling currents in our society today. It’s easy to get reactive in response to all that is going on, whatever your political position. After the election last November, I realized I had to…

Five practices to lower anxiety in current political climate

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…

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…

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…

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…

4 Persistent Myths About Leadership

August 21, 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 import…

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…

CLL Receives Lilly Grant to Serve Pastors in Crisis and Pastors Who Innovate

June 24, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary has received a $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through Thriving in Ministry, a new initiative that seeks to support selected religious organizations in creating or enhancing programs…

For the Bookshelf: Cultivating Perennial Churches

By Betty Pugh Mills.

May 1, 2017—If there is a subject area of books written for clergy that usually end up making “persons of the cloth” all feel inadequate and beyond the task, it is in the area of “church…

“Yes, but is it valid?”

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

April 24, 2017—Discussing the Leadership in Ministry workshop’s focus on Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST), a friend asked where the theory fell in the divide between…

Catalytic Leadership

By Carla Toenniessen.

Has the need for differentiated leadership ever been more obvious than in our world today?  Daily troubles, misery, entanglements, confusion and dysfunction abound.  National and world events on display reveal fascinating case studies of what failed leadership looks like in vivid detail and on…

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