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15 Most Common Anxiety Triggers in Congregations

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15 Most Common Anxiety Triggers in Congregations

August 27, 2018—It’s no secret that congregations experience times of anxiety. Those periods of acute anxiety can be triggered by any number of events, conditions, or situations. Here are the 15 most common anxiety triggers in a congregation (in no…

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Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice

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Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice

July 24, 2018—Paying close attention to how worship shapes us for justice, the new conference Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future will examine the way churches approach worship planning, leadership, and participation so that they may fully be…

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The Coaching Institute Comes to Columbia Theological Seminary

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The Coaching Institute Comes to Columbia Theological Seminary

June 7, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announces the launch of a new certificate program, The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS).  This certificate program and its instructors are accredited by the International Coach…

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When We Can’t Take Our Own Advice

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When We Can’t Take Our Own Advice

September 17, 2018—We’ve all done it; we have all recommended that a church member, client, or patient take advice that we ourselves find hard to follow. We advise them to establish healthy boundaries with family members, to maintain self-care plans,…

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Magnificent and Marvelous: A Look Inside Older Adult Ministry

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Magnificent and Marvelous: A Look Inside Older Adult Ministry

This year I added two certificates to my office.

One I worked on for two and a half years.

The other was a surprise.

The first was an official looking document announcing the completion of my Certificate in Older Adult…

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For the Bookshelf: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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For the Bookshelf: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

September 10, 2018—Ignatius of Loyola was born as Inigo de Loyola, near the end of the 15th Century. The beginning of the 16th Century was a time of intellectual discovery which was accompanied by religious turmoil. Ignatius was born into…

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Exploring the Spirituality of Hope: Is Hope More Than a “Feeling”?

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Exploring the Spirituality of Hope: Is Hope More Than a “Feeling”?

Is hope more than a feeling?

More than expecting the good guy to win at the end of the movie or that the weather will be pleasant for your event?

Yes. It is. 

We tend to relate hope with…

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Chaos Results When Small, Vocal Minority is Allowed to Rule

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Chaos Results When Small, Vocal Minority is Allowed to Rule

September 3, 2018—Jerry Harvey, author of The Abilene Paradox, tells an interesting story that took place years ago on a sweltering July Sunday afternoon in the small town of Coleman, Texas. Harvey and his wife were sitting with her parents…

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Ministry and Coaching: An Odd Mix or Needed Addition?

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Ministry and Coaching: An Odd Mix or Needed Addition?

This post introduces the idea of how coaching knowledge can be useful in the area of ministry.

 

In January 2019 CTS is launching a coaching training program as part of its commitment to lifelong learning.

Years ago I received…

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Where Will God Dwell?

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Where Will God Dwell?

This post reflects thoughts on how Christians can prepare and preserve a fitting, earthly place for God to dwell in and around us.

 

As I write this, my son has just returned from a college internship in Wrangell-St….

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For the Bookshelf: True Christianity

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For the Bookshelf: True Christianity

August 20, 2018—Johann Arndt was a German Lutheran theologian, serving some time as a pastor. He lived in the late 16th and early 17th century (1555-1621). He was born to a Lutheran pastor who served as a chaplain to a…

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