Pastoral Imagination and Emotional Intelligence

Pastoral Imagination and Emotional Intelligence

By Michael Lee Cook, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care

It is no longer a secret that faith communities, particularly mainline denominations, are in a precarious state and facing an uncertain future. Some evidences of the sea of changes include declining…

Mindfulness: a resource for differentiation

“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality.

Sibling Position

My younger brother told me recently that one of his most enduring childhood memories is chasing after me on his tricycle while I and my friends shot away from him on our bikes.

Multigenerational Transmission

I offer three reasons why I believe the multi-generational transmission process (coupled with the notion of the emotional field) is the most important piece of Bowen Theory.

LIM Faculty Member Elaine Boomer Reflects on 20 Years Workshop Experience

In my opinion, the Leadership in Ministry program offers one of the most effective venues for actualizing personal and professional growth.

Six “Tells” of a Differentiated Leader

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

I had an interesting conversation with a doctoral student during a recent trip. He was at the proposal writing stage of his study but struggling with putting…

Six Responses of Differentiated Leaders

Especially in times of acute systemic anxiety and symptomatic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that will help them navigate the storm.

For the Bookshelf: The Equipping Church

By Shelby Jones, Assistant Director at New Life Connections Ministry, Glenn Allen, Virginia

In The Equipping Church, author Sue Mallory takes her readers on the journey she and her pastor, Charles, went on as they brought their vision for Brentwood…

For the Bookshelf: Letting Go, by Roy Phillips

Reviewed by guest blogger Bryan Maupin

Roy Phillip’s Letting Go (Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 1999) starts with the assertion that ministers need to “let go” of their need to control every aspect of their congregation, and to let the…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

The Five People You Need as a Leader

You may discover these five people within your organization as work colleagues. Others may exist outside of the job environment. Regardless, they each will contribute something important to your success as a leader.

Lessons from a Yarn Ball

When I selected an activity for my elementary school students using a ball of yarn, I was not expecting how much I myself would learn in the process.

When Triangles are “Bad”

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

The Leadership in Ministry workshops at the Center for Lifelong Learning uses Bowen Theory (or Bowen Family Systems Theory–BFST) as a framework for interpreting the dynamics…

Don’t Do These 10 Things When Dealing With Reactivity

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

September 26, 2016—All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another. It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may…

Five Personal Resources for Leadership

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Purists of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) tend to eschew notions or frameworks of individualistic perspectives to therapy or interpreting families or organizations (like “personality type” or “traits” schemas). They prefer…

Congregations as Communities of Faith

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Congregations are, in their essence, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. Too often, the tendency…

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