Leadership Lessons from Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons from Leadership Lessons

February 18, 2016—It seems everywhere you look there is a new book or blog or conference on leadership. I have read, contributed, and attended many of these. And it’s not just me; many churches I have attended or know of…

What Will They Say About You?

February 15, 2016—All leaders want to be great. But the reality is most leaders of an organization will not have a long enough tenure in office, or realize sufficiently significant accomplishments to leave a legacy. Sometimes that has more to…

Overcome, Embrace, and Imagine: Top Three Ideas for Rural Churches During Lent and Easter

February 11, 2016—The seasons of Lent and Easter present many exciting possibilities for rural churches. Aside from Advent, this season is perhaps the busiest in terms of church life. Visitors tend to frequent churches when Holy Days approach, and many…

Jonathan Davis

Is Your CE Program Making a Difference?

February 8, 2016—Much of my consultation with schools focuses on educational assessment. Rarely is that the focus of a consultation in a congregation. That is not to say that most congregational educators understand the importance of educational assessment of their…

Education by Israel Galindo

Those Aren’t the Flames of Pentecost: Quenching Spiritual Thirst

February 4, 2016—A young parent raising three kids was going through a hot, dry Texas summer. The garden was wilting, the grass withering to dry, brown patches. She moved the garden hose around back, filling a small wading pool for…

Speaking the Truth in Love

February 1, 2016—I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community. I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community that I find timely. I’ll confess I…

Navigating the Complex and Beautiful Structures of Adult Formation

January 28, 2016—As I reach my forties, I have noticed a theme to my conversations with friends and church members nearing and living into mid-life. “What now?” “What next?” as they ask questions about how to measure their success, how…

Beth Waltemath

What Are Seminarians Like These Days?

January 25, 2016—I recently received a surprise call from a former professor of mine. He was gracious and kind to call me to congratulate me on the new job. A former dean himself, I accepted his condolences, as well. It…

Education by Israel Galindo

Bookends

January 21, 2016—Do you have a set of bookends in your office or study? I’m not talking about the metal brackets you find in libraries. I’m talking about real bookends, made of wood or rock or other sturdy substances. I…

Five Ways to Become a Popular Leader (though not necessarily an effective one)

January 18, 2016—Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be effective?” In one sense it’s a false choice, but in another, leaders often will…

Fa La La La La, Blah Blah Blah: Or How I Survived Advent. With Grace.

January 14, 2016—It’s two Christmases too late, but this Advent and Christmastide, somewhere along the way, Elsa’s song finally stopped being a reason to idolize Edina Menzel and touched a cord. I think I was finally able to Let It…

Family Ties:  Blessing and Curse

January 11, 2016—I was a District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church and have studied Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) since 1990 when I heard Ed Friedman present his work at a Minister’s Week at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,…

Stuff Church Offers (That the World Needs Right Now)

January 7, 2016—I was listening to Daniel Goleman on TED Radio last weekend talking about the 21st Century generation’s unique developmental journeys. He said that we are witnessing the first generation of human beings who are learning empathy, conversation…

My Lenten Literary Purgatory

January 4, 2016—This is the season I enter my period of Lenten Literary Purgatory. Specifically, this is the time when doctoral dissertations start coming in requiring hours of reading academic writing by anxiously ambitious graduate students. Academia has its perks,…

Education by Israel Galindo

A Reflection on the Leadership In Ministry Workshops Experience

December 28, 2015—Twelve years ago I caught a plane to Colorado Springs to attend the Leadership in Ministry Workshop. I had just completed reading Ed Friedmans’s book, Generation to Generation, and I was eager to hear from others who were…

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