A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

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

May 29, 2017—Assessment and evaluation are critical practices for any organization. Yet, many congregations do a poor job of assessing and evaluating the multiple and often complex…

Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

aijcast (art, inspiration, justice) is a weekly podcast hosted by Marthame Sanders. Featuring artists from a variety of media, we explore the connections between the artist and their art, their sources of and hopes for inspiration, and how it all…

For the Bookshelf: Five Worthwhile Books on Youth Ministry

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

May 8, 2017—Attention to the faith development of youth and young adults (most, arguably, who continue in a state of protracted adolescence well into traditional chronological years…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

The Struggle for Community – Whatever That Means

By Jonathan Davis, Small Town Churches Network

The struggle for community is real. Across America people long for community, whatever that means, and whatever that means, community seems increasingly elusive.

I’ve lived in suburbia before, and the sense of isolation…

Virtually the Same: On Start-ups, Spreadsheets and Service Books

By Dawn Martin Hyde, MDiv ‘12

This Service Book and Rodex belonged to my grandfather, the Reverend William Dickson Varker. He served the PC(USA) as a pastor from 1955 -1991 and this Rodex holds record of the baptisms, marriages and…

A Vulnerable Love: the Good News of Christmas

By Jihyun Oh, MDiv ’06

This is my first Advent / Christmas Season back in the parish in seven years. The last Advent worship series I had to plan and the last marathon day of Christmas Eve services I helped…

Four Pressing Needs in Rural Communities, and How the Church Should Respond

By Jonathan Davis, Small Town Churches Network.

October 1, 2015—While the cultures may be vastly different, rural churches seemingly face similar challenges across international, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.

So, what needs arise in rural communities the world over? Here are…

9 Things I Learned About Being a Young Adult in Ministry

By Enoch Chang, MDiv ’11.

July 30, 2015—As a 31-year-old, single male in full-time ministry, I’ve reflected on my time post-college and post-seminary and compiled a list of things I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) or things I wish I…

DMin Degree: Growing Pastors as Effective Leaders

By Rev. Karim Currey (DMin ’18), Pastor of Solid Rock AMEZ in Decatur, GA.

Some people want a DMin to be called Doctor, and when they are asked to articulate their theology, they crumble. Then there are others when you…

Parents and Youth Leaders, That Problem You Worry Most About? Try This.

By Michelle Thomas-Bush, MDiv ’94.

May 7, 2015—It is at the dinner table where significant moments in my life are celebrated, revealed and sustained. Not through the food, but through the relationships and the conversations with those gathered to be…

For the Bookshelf: The Order of Ministry

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

September 8, 2014—Topics and themes have a cyclical life to them, coming into popular dialogue and debate and then receding into the background, as others become the “hot” issue…