Deep thinking, powerful ideas

Deep thinking, powerful ideas

Quick quiz: What philosopher said, “To think is easy, to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.”?

Answer: None. I pulled that quote out of a fortune cookie after lunch at a local Chinese restaurant….

15 Common Sense Practices for Pastoral Ministry

Emotional Intelligence is one of the fields of research applied to pastoral leadership.

I think it holds great promise for effective pastoral leadership because the nature of leadership in the context of congregations is more about understanding relationships in the…

Education by Israel Galindo

Thriving Congregations Part 2: Characteristics of a Thriving Congregation

NOTE: Columbia seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning has launched its Lilly-funded Thriving Congregations program, “reKindle: A Congregational Development Initiative.” Selected congregations will be awarded grants of up to $15,000 to execute a thriving congregation initiative in their ministry context. Applications…

Thriving Congregations. Part 1: Challenges to Becoming and Sustaining A Thriving Congregation

NOTE: Columbia seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning has launched its Lilly-funded Thriving Congregations program, “reKindle: A Congregational Development Initiative.” Selected congregations will be awarded grants of up to $15,000 to execute a thriving congregation initiative in their ministry context. Applications…

Ministry is a team sport: Advice from a ministry veteran

Some time ago a pastor I know shared her thoughts about ministry with the seminarians in one of my courses.

Here are her thoughts about “Growing Into Ministry: Nine Tips I Have Learned”.

 

1. Find a mentor

Many people…

How you know you’ve had an effective learning experience

I remember when I had the opportunity to attend several lifelong learning events some time ago.

They were refreshing in the sense that I got to be a participant, and sometimes, a spectator.

My family teased me about going to…

Education by Israel Galindo

Augustine of Hippo and Six educational principles

Augustine of Hippo was one of the foremost philosophers and theologians of early Christianity.

He had a profound influence on the subsequent development of Western thought and culture and, more than any other person, shaped the themes and defined the…

Help your church members grow spiritually this year

A student in one of my online classes asked a great question:

How do I encourage members to reflect and think theologically?

I’m having a hard time coming up with an example of what that would even look like in…

The Theory of Instruction

In Toward a Theory of Instruction, educational theorist Jerome Bruner insists that a theory of development must be linked both to a theory of knowledge and to a theory of instruction, “or be doomed to triviality.” (Bruner p. 21)

I…

Don’t buy church curriculum

There is one thing you can count on in Christian education at any local church: inevitably (just as certain as death and taxes), Sunday School teachers will begin to ask for “new curriculum.” This is regardless of the size of…

How to be a good host for presenters

I give many presentations at various places. I always appreciate the invitation to give a presentation about things of mutual interest, but I sometimes am frustrated on those occasions when I find myself having to think about my presentation while…

CHURCH SIZE AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

There are many factors that influence Christian education programming in congregations.

Two of those factors are staff leadership and church size.

While we may desire otherwise the fact is that congregations are highly dependent on program staff for leadership, development,…

For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality, An Ecumencial Reader

Exploring Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader, edited by Kenneth J. Collins, is a collection of twenty-four essays in which Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Methodist writers describe the unique forms of spirituality that have emerged from their traditions.

Implement prayer into your teaching

I remember congratulating a young man on his first sermon.

The topic was prayer and he did very well for his first effort.

Responding to my compliment on his performance, he replied, “Thanks, but I couldn’t go wrong on this…

Creating Courses That “Kill”

For some years I worked with a group of teachers who were motivated, and committed, to improve their courses and their classroom teaching performance.

These teachers had been in a teacher in-service seminar I gave some years previously (almost a…

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