The Number 1 Cause of Clergy-Congregation Conflict May Not be What You Think

The Number 1 Cause of Clergy-Congregation Conflict May Not be What You Think

When asked what the number one issue is that causes clergy-congregation conflict (often leading to a forced termination) one can guess several: money, theology, or leadership style for example. Those are good guesses, but they may not be the most…

Reviving Lament in the Church

At the February Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, we received a new minister member.

The practice in our presbytery is for the minister to introduce themselves, say a little bit about their call, and then to be…

Overcoming obstacles to change

Leading is a challenge even in the most tranquil of circumstances within congregations today. When you add the layer of introducing or working toward change on top of the myriad of things already required, “challenging” may feel too soft a…

A Latina Woman of Color  in Ministry

When I came to the US from Guatemala, I experienced racial discrimination from those I would describe as privileged. But this wasn’t exclusive to my new surroundings, it happened from my own culture too. 

 

Eventually, I became a leader in my denomination but continued…

What Effective Church Educators Do

Fortunate is the church that can afford to call a paid church educator. More fortunate still is the church that finds an effective educator. That one person will make all the difference in helping a church have a stellar Christian…

Education by Israel Galindo

Narrating God

Have you seen The Good Place?

 

The show is as funny as it is incisive. It revolves around four characters who have died and are told they have accumulated enough points on earth to enter…

Have you found the key?

One metaphor for wisdom is the key. Keys unlock what is closed, throw open the doors to what is hidden, and reveal secrets locked away. Keys are also a metaphor for access, and therefore, of power (remember the character nicknamed…

Dr. James McDowell Richards, Columbia Seminary’s Longest Serving President

March 7, 2020—The C. Benton Kline, Jr., Special Collections and Archives and the John Bulow Campbell Library invite you to the library’s first floor reading room to view the current exhibit, “An Appeal to Fellow Christians.” The exhibit highlights the…

Motivation and Learning

Here’s the bad news: The truth is, we can’t teach anybody anything.

The good news, however, is that people are motivated to learn, conditionally. We can’t teach a truth—or even a simple fact—to someone who is not ready to learn,…

Education by Israel Galindo
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