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Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

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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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rekindle interview: “My hope is that congregations receive encouragement, rest, hope, courage, and collegial wisdom”

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rekindle interview: “My hope is that congregations receive encouragement, rest, hope, courage, and collegial wisdom”

Columbia Theological Seminary recently received a grant of $969,528 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the “reKindle: Congregational Development in a Post COVID-19 Era” program through its Center for Lifelong Learning.  

    

The reKindle Impact Grant will help realize the goal of the Thriving...

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Augustine of Hippo and Six educational principles

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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...

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“Let’s Pretend That Didn’t Happen”

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“Let’s Pretend That Didn’t Happen”

After a disturbing event in a church I was serving a while back, the elders were discussing how to respond. One elder – a distinguished older man – said this:

Let’s just pretend like it didn’t happen.

 

Some...

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The Help You Never Knew You Needed

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The Help You Never Knew You Needed

It was sometime in the early 2000s that I was searching the interwebs for some ministry ideas and I ran across this thing called S3, a grant offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Being on...

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Help your church members grow spiritually this year

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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...

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Doodling with God: An Active Prayer

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Doodling with God: An Active Prayer

Everyone can doodle! No skill required! The movement of coloring and drawing can help you center and see your unspoken prayers.

Below are two simple ways to begin. You will need a sheet of paper (or a journal like this...

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The Theory of Instruction

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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...

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Advent Resources: Walk a Labyrinth

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Advent Resources: Walk a Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol and path found in many cultures. In our tradition, it is used to represent the Christian journey, walked to deepen one’s relationship with God. The path in is the path out.

Walking a labyrinth...

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Don’t buy church curriculum

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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...

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