Like a First Born

Like a First Born

October 15, 2018—A fellow Bowen Theory colleague recently told me, “You’re thinking about this like a first born,” which was completely correct. In that given situation, I had made a list of what needed to be done, gathered information, analyzed…

Chaos Results When Small, Vocal Minority is Allowed to Rule

September 3, 2018—Jerry Harvey, author of The Abilene Paradox, tells an interesting story that took place years ago on a sweltering July Sunday afternoon in the small town of Coleman, Texas. Harvey and his wife were sitting with her parents…

15 Most Common Anxiety Triggers in Congregations

August 27, 2018—It’s no secret that congregations experience times of anxiety. Those periods of acute anxiety can be triggered by any number of events, conditions, or situations. Here are the 15 most common anxiety triggers in a congregation (in no…

Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Saint Paul throws down the spiritual gauntlet. He instructs his readers to “pray without ceasing.”

For almost two thousand years now, Christian saints, nuns, monks, and mystics have been trying to unpack that simple three-word verse…

Joyful prayer

Could Emotional Intelligence Have Kept Me From A Forced Termination?

July 9, 2018—Have you ever met someone and the longer you talked the more distressed or angry you became, but had no apparent reason for your reaction? Have you ever walked into a meeting and soon realized there was an…

Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses

June 25, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to partner with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation in offering the Transitioning Into Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses. The wellness retreat provides a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting…

Get Out of Your Rut: Novelty, Reflection, Learning and Leadership

May 21, 2018—It’s worth confessing: most of us, at some point, settle into a comfortable professional routine (a rut, really) that intersects with the achievement of a certain level of competence and the expectations placed on us about the job….

Old Dogs, New Tricks, and Learning

February 12, 2018—A participant in a recent online course introduced himself as an “old dog,” and expressed trepidation about managing his first online learning experiencea “new trick” for him. Ultimately he did just fine, with the help of an attentive…

Education by Israel Galindo

Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to offer the “Fostering Personal Change Workshop” with Dr. Mark Biddle on February 15-16, 2018.

“What was I thinking?” John Smith was pastor of an urban interfaith, interracial, and demographically mixed parish community….

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Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative

December 22, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations…

Center for Lifelong Learning Provides Online Certificate for Elders

November 18, 2017—The Presbytery of Wabash Valley based in Rochester, IN recently completed its first course as part of a new effort to provide online education for leaders in local churches. A new Ruling Elder Certificate Program was created by…

Five Kinds of People You Will Encounter

July 31, 2017—It has been my observation that in times of crisis you can count on seeing five kinds of people emerge. Leaders do well to discern the persons in the system that represent each leadership type, and respond appropriately….

Why Change is Hard to Achieve

July 24, 2017—Why is change so hard to achieve? One explanation is the phenomena and power of homeostasis. Whenever a leader attempts to bring about change he or she will most certainly encounter resistance, if not outright sabotage. While we…

An Interview With LIM Faculty Member Rebecca Maccini

July 10, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) offers the Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops as part of its Pastoral Excellence Programs. LIM uses Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a theory of practice for ministry leadership. Rebecca Maccini…

The Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff

June 12, 2017—For those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality ministry staff colleagues, here are the ten most common ways pastors ruin church staff—and how to avoid them. (For those pastors who want to get rid of…

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