Six “Tells” of a Differentiated Leader

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 Phillips’ 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 members…

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

July 18, 2016—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 for is to address congregational issues from…

What Sustains Excellence in Ministry?

July 11, 2016—The power of peer-group learning is explored in the book by Brenda Harwood, D. Bruce Roberts, and others, So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive.” The book presents findings from the Sustaining Pastoral…

Checking Your Leadership Assumptions

July 4, 2016—Effective teachers always check students’ assumptions and help them uncover their prejudices. Assumptions and prejudices cause students to “pre-judge” ideas, concepts, and truths and, when unchecked, can block learning since learning requires the accommodation of the new to…

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…

What Tough Leaders Do

June 6, 2016—There’s no doubt about it, providing effective leadership in any context is a tough job; and, it requires tough leaders. Toughness, however, is often misunderstood. At the end of the day, toughness itself does not automatically result in…

A Repertoire for Leadership in Anxious Times

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. Especially during times of acute anxiety and systemic reactivity, effective leaders will work on…