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Forced Terminations and Ethics

Dr. G. & Friends

Forced Terminations and Ethics

May 14, 2018—Ethics are often a victim of forced pastoral terminations and for that matter, the continuing conflicts in church life which lead to such traumatic moments. Nearly every minister who has suffered an involuntary termination or a ‘near miss’…

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The Beautiful – Traveling Exhibit

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The Beautiful – Traveling Exhibit

May 10, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a national traveling art exhibit called The Beautiful open to the public now through May 24, 2018 The exhibit is made available through CIVA | Christians in…

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Small But Unlimited

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Small But Unlimited

May 21, 2018—As a bi-vocational pastor, I am constantly reflecting on how one vocation informs the other. I serve a small congregation but I also work through The Outreach Foundation to resource small churches, and to connect them with our…

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Pastor as Pinball

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Pastor as Pinball

May 3, 2018—I remember a day when – as a parish pastor – I chose cover art for a worship bulletin, did Greek word studies for a sermon on the Gospel of Luke, visited a new mom in the hospital,…

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Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

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Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

May 3, 2018—I’m excited we’ll be offering the online course “Thriving as A Church Ministry Associate” (June 4 to July 6, 2018). Congregational ministry associates are second chair leaders. They are the lieutenants of the congregation who “get things…

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Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

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Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

April 30, 2018—When we hear of a minister being terminated, we may think about a “gang of three” as the instigators and carriers of bad news that a minister must leave. Or we may think about the minister who was…

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“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

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“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

April 26, 2018—”It’s invaluable. It’s scary. It’s joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God.”

Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual director). The Certificate…

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Three Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

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Three Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

April 23, 2018—One of the biggest challenges in ministry is outreach, especially if your church is small and doesn’t have the financial or human resources to do BIG outreach the way some city and suburban churches might. Yet, we are…

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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives Releases Ormond Papers

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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives Releases Ormond Papers

April 21, 2018—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the release of the personal papers of Dr. J. Will Ormond, Jr at The John Bulow Campbell Library on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus. A…

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