“You Had to Be There”: Misadventures in Ministry

“You Had to Be There”: Misadventures in Ministry

August 15, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary will start the new academic year with reflections on misadventures in ministry through the eyes of those that know it best—clergy and lay leaders.

So, what’s it like to…

Maybe the Problem is With You

July 30, 2018—Have you ever heard a pastor say, “Why is it that no matter what church I go to I always end up with the same bunch of @&#* idiots?!” If you’ve had a string of dysfunctional churches, the…

Thriving in Ministry

July 11, 2018—We believe thriving in ministry is theologically connected to a commitment to continual growth and maturation, individually and as a minister: growth as a person of faith, growth in interpersonal relationships, and continued growth in ministry competences—in short,…

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….

Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

May 3, 2018—I’m excited we’ll be offering the online course “Thriving as A Church Ministry Associate” (June 4 to July 6, 2018). Congregational ministry associates are second chair leaders. They are the lieutenants of the congregation who “get things…

Characteristics of Effective Learning Groups

The Hidden Power of Multigenerational Transmission

March 26, 2018—The Bowen Systems Theory concept of multi-generational transmission in families, although often difficult to accept at one level, is logically appreciated at another. Families pass along habits, traditions, beliefs, grudges, feuds, genes, and emotional process down the generations….

It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

Education by Israel Galindo

10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders

February 26, 2018—There is no end to spin offs and parodies on The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). I thought I’d add to the mix by offering “10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders” from a systems theory point of view. Here is…

Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

February 19, 2018—Congregations are, by their nature, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. The tendency for leaders too often is to address congregational issues…

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

Unraveling Wicked Problems

February 5, 2018—One of the most critical skills leaders need, arguably now more than ever, is that of problem solving. The challenges facing congregations and organizations continue to become more technologically complex, socially entangled, costly, and multi-faceted. It is evident…

New Colloquy Announced for Rural Churches and for Latino/a Clergy

January 30, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for the first new programs made possible by a $1 million grant to expand its Pastoral Excellence Program. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment…

Why You Need a Christian Education Leadership Team in Your Church

January 29, 2018—If there’s one thing to learn from lone rangers, it’s that communal congregational life cannot be healthy and effective when one, two, or a few people run the show with agendas that do not consider the overall educational…

Education by Israel Galindo

Questioning Change

“Making good judgments about what needs to be preserved, what might be altered, and what should be totally redesigned are the difficult issues that institutions face.” Green and Hayward, Transforming Higher Education.

January 22, 2018—Change is the constant, the saying…

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