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When the Honeymoon is Over

Dr. G. & Friends

When the Honeymoon is Over

April 8, 2019—Beginning a ministry at a new church is an exciting experience. New challenges, a fresh start, promising possibilities, new relationships, can all be energizing. For most clergy, the first year at a new church is filled with excitement…

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Columbia Seminary Archives Acquires Papers of Emeritus Walter Brueggemann

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Columbia Seminary Archives Acquires Papers of Emeritus Walter Brueggemann

April 6, 2019—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Walter Brueggemann papers. This collection includes course notes, manuscript drafts, correspondence, and lectures spanning Brueggemann’s career as a theologian and professor….

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Why Aren’t Things Changing?

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Why Aren’t Things Changing?

Homeless shelters closing.

Sex-trafficking rises.

Rich-poor gap increases.

Racism is tolerated.

Natural disasters leave a trail of grief.

Senseless killings compound.

Puerto Rico without power.

Kenneka Jenkins found in a freezer.

North Korea testing missiles.

Injustice from political leadership.

The…

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What Clergy Don’t Talk About

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What Clergy Don’t Talk About

Most pastors are good preachers, and some fine pulpiteers and wordsmiths. In their preaching and teaching ministry they need to cover a wide range of topics, issues, and subjects, from the Bible to contemporary complex social issues; from marriage to…

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How Do Good Educators Become Good?

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How Do Good Educators Become Good?

April 1, 2019—At a gathering of congregational educators the discussion centered on teaching in the church. We discussed the perennial challenges of training church teachers. Those challenges include getting teachers to participate in training events, getting them to see the…

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Women in Ministry: Sustaining Clergywomen Online and in Person Part 2

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Women in Ministry: Sustaining Clergywomen Online and in Person Part 2

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month. To read part one of the article, click here.

Together but Apart

I entered ministry determined to seek support from…

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Four Proven Strategies to Prevent Leadership Failure

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Four Proven Strategies to Prevent Leadership Failure

March 25, 2019—Leadership is, arguably, an organization’s greatest asset; even in congregations. As much as we desire to believe otherwise, congregations tend to make little progress in terms of mission, new initiatives, new programs, outreach, or organizational health in the…

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Women in Ministry: Clergywomen Need Community Part 1

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Women in Ministry: Clergywomen Need Community Part 1

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month.

 

No Man (Woman) is an Island

Ministry is one of those jobs that can be hard for other people to understand, and given…

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The Phone Call I Enjoy

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The Phone Call I Enjoy

March 18, 2019—A couple of days I received that phone call I enjoy so much. It goes like this:

Caller: “Hello, Dr. G? You probably don’t remember me, I was a student at the seminary a couple of years ago…

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