For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last—Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last—Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

June 5, 2017—In Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry, Margaret J. Marcuson has written a deceptively simple book that should be insinuated into the Christmas stockings of your clergy friends who are anxious about coping with the stresses…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Meet Ally

June 1, 2017—I’ve enjoyed ‘routine’ for as long as I remember. I wake early in order not to miss too much of any given day. Three meals are not an option. The rhythm of four seasons elates me. When I…

Meet-ally as new terminology during a Spiritual Formation class adventure

Truisms in an Anxious System

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.

If You Ask the Wrong Question You Will Always Get the Wrong Answer

May 18, 2017—We hear the same burning questions as Church Leaders over and over again:

How can we bring young people back into the church?

How can we make people dress up for Sunday worship?

What’s the best way…

Kids driving a boat

For the Bookshelf: Five Worthwhile Books on Youth Ministry

May 8, 2017—Attention to the faith development of youth and young adults (most, arguably, who continue in a state of protracted adolescence well into traditional chronological years of adulthood) remains one of the most critical of congregational ministries. The challenges…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Learning Together Apart: The Case for Online Learning

May 4, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning offers a wide array of online classes to nourish and enrich the lives and ministries people around the world, and the Spirituality Program offers several of these classes. Offered in an asynchronous learning…

For the Bookshelf: Cultivating Perennial Churches

May 1, 2017—If there is a subject area of books written for clergy that usually end up making “persons of the cloth” all feel inadequate and beyond the task, it is in the area of “church growth.” But Bob Dale’s…

Ministry to the “Living Saints”: Older Adult Ministry Certificate

April 27, 2017—As the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate program, a partnership with POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network) enters its third year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of three who have recently completed the program and received their Certificate…

“Yes, but is it valid?”

April 24, 2017—Discussing the Leadership in Ministry workshop’s focus on Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST), a friend asked where the theory fell in the divide between subjective and objective. “In other words,” he asked, “is it a valid theory?”…

Celebrate World Labyrinth Day with the Spirituality Program

April 20, 2017—Saturday, May 6, 2017 is World Labyrinth Day. We’ll add our steps for peace to those of others around the world. The Spirituality Program and The Labyrinth Society invite you to “Walk as One at 1” in the afternoon,…

Cognition and Faith

April 17, 2017—What is the difference between religious thinking and “religiosity.” Or, what is the difference between faith and magical thinking? When I worked at a state mental hospital during my CPE it seemed rather easy to tell the difference…

Cognition, faith and religiosity presented by Matthew Hutson

Spirituality Program Participants Share: “What Brought You Here?”

April 13, 2017—What brought you here?

“One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection. But I think the longing for depth…

For the Bookshelf: Women’s Lives in Biblical Times

April 10, 2017—Jennie Ebeling’s book, Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, is a unique combination of fiction and academic research from multiple sources that reconstructs women’s lives in an ancient Israel village. Ebeling was motivated to write the book by her…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Yes, and… Discerning Nudgings

April 6, 2017—For the past several years, I’ve been fascinated by the connections between improvisation and the spiritual life. The more I study and play with improv, the more I see it as a powerful metaphor it is for faith.

For the Bookshelf: Family The Forming Center

Thompson asserts that whatever happens in the family life “inevitably touches our spiritual lives, whether for good or for ill”

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler