Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”

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….


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

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

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…

Why Change is Hard to Achieve

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

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…

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…

Center for Lifelong Learning Awarded “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” Grant

March 14, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has been awarded a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) for a “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” project….

LIM Faculty Member Elaine Boomer Reflects on 20 Years Workshop Experience

In my opinion, the Leadership in Ministry program offers one of the most effective venues for actualizing personal and professional growth.

Clarifying Misunderstandings

August 31, 2015—Few things escape the consequences of their own success. This axiom seems true even of Bowen Family Systems Theory. It seems that systems theory is now the “in” thing—never have there been as many courses on it, or…