The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network for its Leadership in Ministry program (LIM). The grant will enable the CLL to gather fourteen LIM faculty members at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary. In the spring of 2017 the LIM workshops will become part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the CLL, with sites in Atlanta, Portland, Boston, and Lost River WV.
The LIM workshops were founded in 1992 by Dr. Lawrence Matthews, who served on the faculty of Edwin H. Friedman’s clergy training program. The workshops focus on providing clergy with a “theory of practice” through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory and the leadership concepts of Dr. Friedman. Dr. Robert L. Dibble has been coordinator since 2010.
The gathering will provide an opportunity for the LIM faculty to reflect on their work, share their learning and wisdom, and cultivate a shared ethos in the program to which they are passionately committed. Several faculty members have been teaching in the program for over 10 years. One faculty member has been teaching in the workshops for 20 years.
“That is a lot of accumulated knowledge and expertise,” says Dr. Israel Galindo, Columbia Theological Seminary’s Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and director of the workshops. Despite the long tenure of its faculty members, who teach in four locations, they have not all met personally, nor have they gathered together all at once in the program’s 24-year history.
The gathering is funded in part by a grant from The Pastoral Excellence Network, an initiative of The Center for Pastoral Excellence, established in 2012 with generous initial funding from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.CTSnet.edu.