4 Persistent Myths About Leadership

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…

Five Kinds of People You Will Encounter

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

July 31, 2017—It has been my observation that in times of crisis you can count on seeing five kinds of people emerge. Leaders do well to…

Why Change is Hard to Achieve

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

July 24, 2017—Why is change so hard to achieve? One explanation is the phenomena and power of homeostasis. Whenever a leader attempts to bring about change…

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…

For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last—Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

Reviewed by Stephen J. Price-Gibson, Pastor, Church of the Plains (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.), Edgar, Nebraska.

June 5, 2017—In Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry, Margaret J. Marcuson has written a deceptively simple book that should be insinuated into the…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Truisms in an Anxious System

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.

Can You Stop Sabotage?

Sabotage is a predictable reactive phenomenon to the threat of change. Anytime leaders work toward change, of whatever kind, they can expect reactivity. As such, we should always expect it. The form it takes, however, is often surprising.

Defecting in Place

Defecting in place isn’t about behaving in a passive/aggressive manner to get the point of your unhappiness across. It is about being clear about who you are, what your goals are, stating your purpose, and staying on course in living out that purpose, no matter what the sabotage or resistance that comes your way.

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.