Grandparents in Ministry: Abuelo, Granddaddy, Grandfather

Grandparents in Ministry: Abuelo, Granddaddy, Grandfather

Abuelo, my favorite name

As the congregation moved from Mikell Chapel to the post-quinceañera reception, the young woman whose service we had just celebrated said to me, Padre Bill, estás entre mis abuelos,” or, “Father Bill, now you are among…

Do Young People Want Church to be a Safe Place?

What does it mean for youth ministry to provide a “safe” space for our young people in the church?

Recently, I had a young person tell me that they wanted parents and committee’s and church members to stop saying that…

4 Reasons Why Online Learning Is Worth the Investment

Online education is for those whose lives demand flexibility.

Its focus on convenience, brevity, and variety make it an appealing option for many pursuing higher education.

The Center for Lifelong Learning has claimed its stake in the online realm of…

Ministry Coaching, The Way Ahead from Within

Professionally trained ministry coaches are being sought out, not by pastors who are incapable or incompetent, but by gifted leaders who see the value in having a creative conversation partner who is unattached to their circumstance -to stir ideas, challenge…

Center for Lifelong Learning Spirituality Program Celebrates 25 Years!

In 2020 the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Spirituality Program will celebrate its 25th Anniversary! The inspiration behind the program came from Ben Campbell Johnson who, while on retreat at Christ in the Desert Monastery, felt he received a vision from…

MINISTERING TO THE NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS

By the time I was 30 I already had a great career start in the field of working with older adults.

I had been fortunate to land a job in Bryan, TX as Director of the new government-funded senior congregate…

Coaches Help Leaders Mind Their “Ps and Qs”

Some of us were taught at a young age to “mind our Ps and Qs.”

There are multiple theories about the origin and meaning of the term Ps and Qs.

Maybe it was a parent, or teacher or neighbor, but…

Discerning What’s What: Spirituality, Spirits, and the Holy Spirit

I have long struggled to discern where precisely the Spirit of God is at work—in my own life and in the world around us.

As a practicing Christian of the Reformed Protestant family, an heir of John Calvin (who has…

Worship in the Womb? Exploring when and how children begin learning about faith

When does learning begin?

This is the question posed by Annie Murphy Paul, in her 2011 TED talk titled, What we learn before we’re born.

She posits that we’re actually learning in utero through the…

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…

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.

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…

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…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Lance King

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…

The Awe of Pilgrimage!

Awe! It’s all about awe!

 

I am keeping locked deep within me the serene sense of my time and experience during my pilgrimage to Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico – the final requirement for the Certificate in Spiritual…

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