So, What’s Your Story?

So, What’s Your Story?

I was a hospice chaplain for five years. It was a great job, despite the obvious need to redefine one’s ideas of professional competence and success that comes with the territory. Nothing I was able to do would help the…

The Number 1 Cause of Clergy-Congregation Conflict May Not be What You Think

When asked what the number one issue is that causes clergy-congregation conflict (often leading to a forced termination) one can guess several: money, theology, or leadership style for example. Those are good guesses, but they may not be the most…

Overcoming obstacles to change

Leading is a challenge even in the most tranquil of circumstances within congregations today. When you add the layer of introducing or working toward change on top of the myriad of things already required, “challenging” may feel too soft a…

What Effective Church Educators Do

Fortunate is the church that can afford to call a paid church educator. More fortunate still is the church that finds an effective educator. That one person will make all the difference in helping a church have a stellar Christian…

Education by Israel Galindo

Have you found the key?

One metaphor for wisdom is the key. Keys unlock what is closed, throw open the doors to what is hidden, and reveal secrets locked away. Keys are also a metaphor for access, and therefore, of power (remember the character nicknamed…

Motivation and Learning

Here’s the bad news: The truth is, we can’t teach anybody anything.

The good news, however, is that people are motivated to learn, conditionally. We can’t teach a truth—or even a simple fact—to someone who is not ready to learn,…

Education by Israel Galindo

Design for Clergy Lifelong Learning

My current context for ministry is theological education in the seminary. We see our mission as preparing clergy for congregational ministry, as well as leaders in other ministry contexts (non-profits, missions, etc.). As with most seminaries we do…

Teaching for Faith

A man was out hiking when he fell off a cliff. He managed to grab a thin tree branch sticking out of the side of the rocky cliff wall saving him from plunging thousands of feet below. As his fingers…

Education by Israel Galindo

Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

I’ve done enough consultations long enough and studied organizations carefully enough to recognize a pattern in some organizations. I refer here to those whose organizations, some young, some old, that ended their institutional lifespan. Though many were surprised by the…

How To Take A Stand

Inevitably, leaders will encounter times when they will need to take a stand in the midst of crisis and polarization. At those times, common temptations are: (1) make people feel better, (2) try to reason with unreasonable people, (3) win…

Creativity Blockers in Organizations

Einstein is quoted as having said that imagination is more important than knowledge. That’s truer now than ever as organizations face challenges in a liminal age. New unprecedented problems require new answers, for which there is no data. Many “best…

Physics for Leaders

A friend of mine, one year into his leadership role, asked in frustration, “Why is this work so hard?!” I’m not sure I know the answer to that question. Some jobs are just more challenging due to the complexity of…

Clergy Colloquies to Help Get You Out of Your Rut

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. Once we…

The effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation

The silent epidemic of clergy forced terminations seems to continue. According to a 2008 study by the Ministering to Ministers Foundation,

 

Nearly a fourth, 22.8% of pastors have either been terminated or forced to resign. Nearly two-thirds, 62%, of…

Christian Education: Values or Content?

Tucked away in one of my educational psychology books is a Peanuts cartoon clipped from a newspaper years ago. It is a cartoon of Peppermint Patty, that endearing character who represents a teacher’s worst nightmare: the unmotivated student.

 

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