Why You Need a Christian Education Leadership Team in Your Church

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…

Anxiety and the Myth of Security

January 15, 2018—I have observed manifestations of how anxiety can lead to reactivity in a search for security. This reactivity takes the form of people seeking certitude in a time of uncertainty. But the fact is that security, guarantees, and…

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….

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The Myth of Competence

December 25, 2017—Some years ago I did a presentation titled “The Myth of Competence.” It developed out of my observation that so many leaders live under a crushing load of performance-anxiety and a frame of mind I called the myth…

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…

Learning has a lot in common with eating

December 18, 2017—At a recent teacher development seminar for church educators a teacher came up to me after the presentation. He shared a challenge he faced in his adult Bible class. His class was made up of a variety of…

Education by Israel Galindo

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

Distributive Leadership

December 4, 2017—Leadership, by its nature, is an isolating enterprise. Leaders need to stand apart, sometimes they stand alone; often leadership is a lonely state of being. There are organizations, churches and non-profits included, that take a different approach by…

Choosing Principles over Relationships

November 27, 2017—This is one of those rules that at first pass sounds “anti-Christian” and counter-intuitive. We are taught that relationship is at the heart of what it means to be Christian and at the center of what it means…

The Rebellious Pillow: A Story

November 20, 2017—I know a man who likes to sleep, although he’s not a lazy person by any means. He is responsible, competent, and productive in his work, but he likes his sleep! In fact, he is the only person…

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…

Leadership Lessons from Baboons

November 13, 2017—Robert Sapolsky, the hirsute professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford University, has been studying stress in primate populations for years (he is also a master lecturermany a classroom professor can learn a thing or two watching…

Helping Children Deal With Grief

November 6, 2017—Agreement among my clergy colleagues is they would rather do funerals than weddings. And lately, it seems, most of the clergy I know conduct more funerals than weddings these daysat least so they report. A funeral often is…

Courageous Leaders

October 30, 2017—Courageous leaders, which seem to be in short supply lately, are one of the most important facets of congregational leadership. Courage is the flip side to the claim to authority for the authentification of the leadership position. And…

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