Five Personal Resources for Leadership

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…

What Sustains Excellence in Ministry?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

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…

Checking Your Leadership Assumptions

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

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…

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

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

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,…

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….

Back to Basics: Leadership Rules 101

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I enjoy those leadership books that revisit the basics. While some books on leadership are better than others, I always find it helpful to be reminded of the fundamentals. Whenever I’ve…

The Hawthorne Effect

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I remember a playful experiment using the Hawthorne effect I conducted when I was a school principle. There was a kindergarten teacher that I thought would make a great first…

Education by Israel Galindo

Tucker’s Top 10

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The June 26, 2007 issue of the Christian Century featured “Top ten things pastors long to hear” from Ruth Tucker’s book, Left Behind in a Megachurch (Baker). Here is Tucker’s list:

Great Quotes on Ministry

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In one course on ministry practice I invited several guest speakers to visit the class and share their experiences and thoughts about ministry. After each visit students in the class posted…

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

By Shavon Starling Louis, MDiv ’13

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

I have been amazed in recent days,…

Volunteerism and the Future of Church Leadership

By Michael Harton

It is not a stretch to realize that churches are probably the longest standing user of volunteer services. From teaching Sunday school classes, staffing committees to operating the various mission efforts churches are almost completely dependent upon…

Reasons for Not Attending Church

March 7, 2016—I met up with some old friends recently, who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting. It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do…

Leadership Lessons from Leadership Lessons

February 18, 2016—It seems everywhere you look there is a new book or blog or conference on leadership. I have read, contributed, and attended many of these. And it’s not just me; many churches I have attended or know of…

Top