A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

A Quick Assessment of Your Congregational Vitality

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 facets of congregational vitality. There are several reasons for this: a lack of…

Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

May 25, 2107—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…

Dawson and Moore-Keish Approved to Faculty Chairs at Columbia Seminary

May 24, 2017—During the Spring meetings for the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary recommendations were approved to appoint Dr. Kathy Dawson and Dr. Martha Moore-Keish to occupy faculty chairs. Dr. Kathy Dawson is now the Benton Family Associate…

Truisms in an Anxious System

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

Graduation, Awards for Class of 2017 Celebrated at Columbia Seminary

May 21, 2017— On Saturday, May 20, Columbia Theological Seminary held its annual commencement exercises at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. At this year’s graduation, 55 students were awarded degrees in six graduate degree programs. Four graduates received dual…

Sharol Rhodes Hayner, wife of former president Steve Hayner, received her D.Min. degree at graduation today.

If You Ask the Wrong Question You Will Always Get the Wrong Answer

May 18, 2017—We hear the same burning questions as Church Leaders over and over again:

How can we bring young people back into the church?

How can we make people dress up for Sunday worship?

What’s the best way…

Kids driving a boat

For the Bookshelf: Can Christians Be Educated?

The book addresses methods and assistance with obstacles that a Christian educator may encounter during teaching sessions and interactions with members of the congregation.

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Alumnus Davis Hankins Wins 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

May 13, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary alumnus Davis Hankins (’05) is one of this year’s winners of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, an international award given annually by Forschungsinstitut Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie to outstanding first books…

The Celts: the people “at the end of the world”

May 11, 2017—The Celts are the people of the end of the world.

Visit the tip of the Cornwall peninsula and you will find a rocky placed called Land’s End, where the thundering surf of the Atlantic pounds mercilessly against…

For the Bookshelf: Five Worthwhile Books on Youth Ministry

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 of adulthood) remains one of the most critical of congregational ministries. The challenges…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Learning Together Apart: The Case for Online Learning

May 4, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning offers a wide array of online classes to nourish and enrich the lives and ministries people around the world, and the Spirituality Program offers several of these classes. Offered in an asynchronous learning…

For the Bookshelf: Cultivating Perennial Churches

May 1, 2017—If there is a subject area of books written for clergy that usually end up making “persons of the cloth” all feel inadequate and beyond the task, it is in the area of “church growth.” But Bob Dale’s…