3 Ways to Ruin Your Child

3 Ways to Ruin Your Child

Wait. Did that say “Ruin”? Yes, it did!

I first read 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child and its sequel 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Teenager by Israel Galindo as a young minister, and I…

The Opposite of Faith is Certitude

At a recent conference, I shared that, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certitude.” A participant e-mailed me afterward asking me to expand on the concept. He said “I’m trying to get my arms around this concept.”…

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Two Dilemmas Facing Churches Today

A friend took me out to lunch recently. He’s a retired pastor, former seminary professor, former interim minister, and currently a part-time hospice chaplain. Ministry offers varied vocational outlets, so that profile is not that unusual.

 

As two vocational…

Assessing Christian Education in the Church

The 2011 book Move: What 1000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth, by Hawkins and Parkinson explores the question of whether church members actually grow through their participation in Christian education and discipleship programs. The concept behind the book, and the…

Education by Israel Galindo

Thinking is easy (or is it?)

Quick quiz: What philosopher said, “To think is easy, to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.”? Answer… None. I pulled that quote out of a fortune cookie at lunch at a local…

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For some the “New Normal” is just catching up

As churches and theological schools, as well as other institutions, are getting past the acute phase of adjusting to the impact of the pandemic, talk about “the new normal” has taken center stage as the topic of the day. I…

Fixing the Problem of Sunday School

My engineer son has a mantra: “Fix the problem.” As mantras go, it’s a pretty good one. Simple, memorable, intuitive, and to the point.

The mantra refers to our tendency to go about addressing problems by doing a lot of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Goals vs. Magical Thinking

In my consultations I often have to help folks think through what is a realistic goal and what is aspirational, or, as I call it, “magical thinking.” Their ideas for a goal are often fuzzy (“more,” “better”). People consistently overreach…

Ministry in an Age of Incivility

One insight from participants in our Pastoral Excellence Program is that ministry is hard and getting harder. One particularly troublesome challenge clergy tell us they face is an increase in incivility, not only in the culture,…

How to Avoid Choice Overload

A friend called asking for help. She was stuck trying to make a decision. After months of discussion she and her family finally convinced her mother of the need to move her into an assisted living facility. That’s never an…

Leadership in Ministry Faculty Coaches Marcuson and Josund Share Insights About Clergy Responses to COVID-19 Part 2

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders caused our spring Leadership in Ministry (LIM) sessions to close, our seventeen faculty members quickly strategized. The spring coaching groups are meeting virtually. We asked faculty coaches from the Portland workshop, Margaret Marcuson (MM) and…

People Need a Narrative: Clergy and COVID-19

I’ve been gratified for, and impressed with, at the presence of our pastors on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have jumped in reluctantly onto social media. The learning curve is evident, sometimes amusing.

As is often the…

Leadership in Ministry Faculty Coaches Lamkin and Maccini Share Insights About Clergy Responses to COVID-19 Part 1

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders caused our spring Leadership in Ministry (LIM) sites to close, our seventeen faculty members quickly strategized. The spring coaching groups are meeting virtually. We asked faculty coaches James Lamkin (JL) Atlanta faculty and Rebecca Maccini…

A Healing Experience for Clergy

Author Tim Sledge, in Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith, wrote about the silent epidemic of clergy forced termination. Citing a survey reviewed by Leadership magazine, he wrote:

 

“Squabbles that end in the ouster of ministers are…

10 Things Every Church Educator Needs to Know

The ministry of the trained, paid, full-time professional congregational Christian educator has seen a dramatic arch over the last 20-some years. Once a viable ministry professional pursuit supported by seminaries, denominations, and congregations it may be on the list of…

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