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Miles for Ministry Supporting Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church

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Miles for Ministry Supporting Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church

By Karen Webster, DMin ’16

“Running so others can stay in the race to which God has called them!

Travis and I were raised to believe that movement makes a difference. The church in which I grew up, in San...

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Montreat: A Place of Spiritual Awakening

Along the Journey

Montreat: A Place of Spiritual Awakening

The Montreat Conference Center in Montreat NC serves as a place of spiritual awakening for many of the CLL’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation courses hosted there each year.

 

This post is a written reflection of participant Martha Jane Petersen’s...

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New Walker Presidential Scholarship to Make Seminary an Affordable Reality for PC(USA) Students

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New Walker Presidential Scholarship to Make Seminary an Affordable Reality for PC(USA) Students

At Columbia Theological Seminary, we are committed to providing an accessible, affordable theological education that is both academically rigorous and spiritually transformative. Scholarships are an essential part of this commitment.  Columbia Seminary offers one of the most expansive financial aid...

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Use Entry Points to Help Students Get Into the Lesson

Dr. G. & Friends

Use Entry Points to Help Students Get Into the Lesson

How do you help students to get the point you’re trying to teach?

More often than not most of us try the direct approach: “Just tell them!”

But a paradox in learning is that often students do not learn what...

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Learning is not an outcome of Teaching

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Learning is not an outcome of Teaching

The counter-intuitive notion that learning is not an outcome of teaching can be a challenging concept.

This is natural, for several reasons.

First, due to our experiences, we tend naturally to associate teaching with learning.

Second, despite the logical connection...

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Grandparents in Ministry: Abuelo, Granddaddy, Grandfather

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Grandparents in Ministry: Abuelo, Granddaddy, Grandfather

Abuelo, my favorite name

As the congregation moved from Mikell Chapel to the post-quinceañera reception, the young woman whose service we had just celebrated said to me, Padre Bill, estás entre mis abuelos,” or, “Father Bill, now you are among...

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Nine Things I Learned About Leadership (So Far)

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Nine Things I Learned About Leadership (So Far)

One axiom about vocations is that it takes about three years to learn a job and about four and a half years to get competent at it.

It’s something I tell seminarians as a caution about the complex work of...

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Do Young People Want Church to be a Safe Place?

Along the Journey

Do Young People Want Church to be a Safe Place?

What does it mean for youth ministry to provide a “safe” space for our young people in the church?

Recently, I had a young person tell me that they wanted parents and committee’s and church members to stop saying that...

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Big Ideas In Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues

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Big Ideas In Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues

August 28, 2019Fearless Dialogues is the theme of the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Conference the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary November 5-7, 2019.

The conference kicks off Wednesday morning with Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.,...

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