7 Principles for Better Teaching

7 Principles for Better Teaching

“(There is a) remarkable asymmetry between the ways our mind treats information that is currently available and information we do not have. An essential design feature of the associative machine is that it represents only activated ideas. Information that is…

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Leadership 101

Here’s what we know: no organization, be it a corporation, firm, or congregation, will thrive or live fully into its purpose with the absence of effective leaders.

Leadership is the singular irreplaceable element in the formula for success, effectiveness, and…

The power of questions in teaching and learning

There are two teaching behaviors that, once mastered, can help the teacher be more effective in bringing about powerful learning in the instructional setting.

These are both fundamental teaching skills (“basic”) but both seem difficult for many teachers to master.

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So what is Education for, anyway?

It’s been an interesting academic year for conversations about educational matters.

Between the systemic COVID disruptions, the frenzied debates about online models of education, curriculum assessments, and consultations with faculty and school administrators about curriculum and learning, attending conferences for…

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Amateurs and Professionals

One thought from author Edwin Friedman that has stayed with me is about the difference between a professional and a hack.

He wrote that leadership competence is not about knowledge or expertise; a professional and a hack may know the…

Six Basic Rules for Planning Church Education Programs

Here are six basic rules for planning a church education program:

 

The persons who show up at an event are the ones who need to be there.

I’m continually puzzled at the over-focus on numbers in congregations.

If 100…

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The Times They Keep a Changing: Bivocational Ministry as the New Norm?

Most of the pastors in the world are bivocational.

That has always been true, asserts Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth and Small Church Essentials.

Most people attend larger churches, so a larger multi-staff congregation is perceived to be…

Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

Jack Sanders was a dedicated senior pastor of a congregation in a major denomination.

He worked hard for his faith and the churches to which he had been called as pastor.

He and his wife, Melissa, were called…

Toxic Leadership

The measure of successful leadership is how well a group performs, over time, in terms of valued outcomes, or the realization of its mission.

Benjamin J. Inyang considers leadership as a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to…

What Clergy Need to Thrive: Our response

Since 2017 the Center for Lifelong Learning has participated in the Thriving in Ministry initiative of the Lilly Endowment. Columbia seminar is one of 129 organizations across the country participating in this initiative.

 

The Thriving in Ministry…

The Wounded Clergy Retreat for Ministers and Spouses

The Center for Lifelong Learning will offer two Wounded Clergy Retreats for ministers and their spouses in 2022.

The retreat provides a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced termination,…

Learning: Three Foundations

A consistent challenge when leading seminars and consultations for teachers and faculty is helping them shift from a teaching-oriented stance to a learning-centered perspective. 

While those are two sides of the same coin, focusing on learning and the learner, in…

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The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena was dictated to her secretaries as conversations she had with God, the Supreme and Eternal heavenly father, with whom she conversed in moments of ecstacy.

Catherine believed that through humility and constant prayer,…

For the Bookshelf: Jeremy Taylor, Rule and Exercises of Holy Living

Jeremy Taylor experienced an ordinary upbringing in the family of his father who was a barber.

His life was extraordinary in his service to the Church of England because of the religious turmoil in 17th century England.

 

He was…

Dialogue vs. Discussion

A friend led a workshop on the dialogical learning method that I presented in my book How To Be the Best Christian Study Group Leader.

He shared how difficult it was for some of the participants to understand the…

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