Leadership in Ministry Feature: Vanessa Ellison

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Vanessa Ellison

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations and organizations. Participants gain insight from learning with others while…

It Only Takes a Few of Them

The forced termination of clergy remains one of the most difficult, and often tragic, issues for congregations.

It can take a congregation years to recover from the forced termination of a pastor—and so, also, for the pastor.

A single episode…

Harry Barrow: A Lifetime of Service to the Church and the World

June 22, 2019—What a joy it was to chat with Dr. Harry Barrow, Columbia Seminary graduate, former CTS staff member and retired PC(USA) pastor. Dr. Barrow has led a life dedicated to service for the church and the world. I…

Are You Ready for Change?

Michael Brown became an unlikely martyr on August 9, 2014. When I ask people about what they think has changed since the police killing of an unarmed black teen, I hear a variety of responses and most aren’t that positive.

Breaking out of Gridlock

June 17, 2019—I consulted with a couple of organizations that were “stuck” but motivated enough to get moving toward becoming “healthier.” As I worked with the leaders and employees of both organizations I was reminded of some fundamental truths about…

Bridging Cultural Parallax through Ministry and Technology

June 15, 2019—When Thomas Hampton (MDiv ’19) came to Columbia Theological Seminary in the fall of 2016, it might have seemed like a huge departure from his previous experience as an engineering student at Case Western Reserve University. He is,…

Journaling Your Sacred Story

Humans love stories

“I love to tell the story” — so goes the classic hymn.

Telling a story is very much a part of what it means to be human.

When we see a friend or someone we love for…

Reframing Leadership

June 10, 2019—What does it take to be an effective leader? That’s a complex and perennial question that has spawned countless books, lectures, seminars, courses, and workshops (and countless moments of personal self-doubt on the part of anyone in the…

What “They” Said

“They” told me all sorts of things when I graduated from seminary.

 

“You’ll be great for some Korean church somewhere,” said a small Southern church pastor after I preached to his all-white congregation.

“Come back and help out our…

The Theory of Hype

June 3, 2019—Cleaning out some files I came across a listing of businesses for which I had done consultations some years ago. The list was from the early nineties when I was doing more consultations with businesses and corporations than…

Columbia History: Prof. John L. Girardeau

June 1, 2019Since its founding in 1828, Columbia Theological Seminary has witnessed and supported the society changing within and around it. In anticipation of the release of Erskine Clarke’s history of the seminary, To Count Our Days: A History of…

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