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Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

Dr. G. & Friends

Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

I’ve done enough consultations long enough and studied organizations carefully enough to recognize a pattern in some organizations. I refer here to those whose organizations, some young, some old, that ended their institutional lifespan. Though many were surprised by the...

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Is my Sunday school class too big?

Dr. G. & Friends

Is my Sunday school class too big?

Every once in a while I get a chance to visit congregations with large Sunday School or Sunday morning Bible classes (though these are far and few between since covid).

 

I’ve seen some classes have between 50 and 100...

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An aid to coping with anxiety

Dr. G. & Friends

An aid to coping with anxiety

Reflecting on their challenge with generalized chronic anxiety, one person found they fell into five fairly distinct classifications:

 

Worries about disasters which, as later events proved, never happened (about 40% of their anxieties). Worries about decisions they had made...
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4 Lessons I Didn’t Learn from Seminary

Along the Journey

4 Lessons I Didn’t Learn from Seminary

I have spent a good deal of time pondering the statement: “ The things Seminary didn’t prepare you for.”

I graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in May 1986 and was ordained in 1987.

Now that I...

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Older Adult Ministry and Me

Along the Journey

Older Adult Ministry and Me

“I don’t want to do anything that involves children.”

I said those words to my field education director at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2006.

It’s not that I don’t love kids, but I had just finished teaching middle school...

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Clergy Self Care

Dr. G. & Friends

Clergy Self Care

The calling to ministry involves service to others, self-denial, and often, self-sacrifice.

For many clergy, investing in self-care, however, can be a challenge.

Whatever its source, feelings of obligation, guilt, or shame; or a lacking sense of boundaries, clergy are...

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Ludwig Dewitz: Moving Faith

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Ludwig Dewitz: Moving Faith

BY BRIAN D. HECKER, PUBLIC SERVICES ARCHIVIST, JOHN BULOW CAMPBELL LIBRARY

Ludwig Richard Max Dewitz (1916-2000) was professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary from 1959-1983. He was well known as a humorous and often demanding polyglot with a...

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Becoming a Better Teacher: What’s Your “Why?”

Along the Journey

Becoming a Better Teacher: What’s Your “Why?”

Among my most formative learning experiences were those related to swimming and waterfront activities.

I was motivated to learn and master skills: swim to the raft; dive off the high dive; empty a tipped canoe, paddle through rapids.

Eventually I...

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Emotional Integration in Organizations

Dr. G. & Friends

Emotional Integration in Organizations

At the conclusion of a recent presentation on leadership in organizations someone asked, “How would you define emotional integration in an organization?”

While I did not use that phrase in my presentation, it was a good question.

 

The...

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How do I get them to change?

Along the Journey

How do I get them to change?

Here are three statements I’ve made more times than I care to admit about church members, colleagues and family members:

How can I get them to… If only he would… She always…

 

I said the second one to myself...

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