Developing Your Pastoral Intelligence: Emotional Fitness for Ministry Effectiveness

Developing Your Pastoral Intelligence: Emotional Fitness for Ministry Effectiveness

The fall course, Developing Your Pastoral Intelligence: Emotional Fitness for Ministry Effectiveness, is for clergy serving in congregational contexts who seek to assess and improve their leadership and ministry effectiveness. 

The program includes a nine-month coaching relationship…

Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

Jack Sanders was a dedicated senior pastor of a congregation in a major denomination.

He worked hard for his faith and the churches to which he had been called as pastor.

He and his wife, Melissa, were called…

What Clergy Need to Thrive: Our response

Since 2017 the Center for Lifelong Learning has participated in the Thriving in Ministry initiative of the Lilly Endowment. Columbia seminar is one of 129 organizations across the country participating in this initiative.

 

The Thriving in Ministry…

Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination

As I began reading Moving On by Deanna Harrison, it only took reading the first page of the preface to see the connection between forced termination and grief was significant. It could be a beneficial resource for those who have forced…

The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

When she turned and dramatically pointed her finger at me, I felt the room began to spin.

“Tell us, right now, pastor!” she demanded.

“Tell us what you actually believe.”

Even my ordination examination on the floor of Presbytery had…

5 Ministry Quotes to Use Right Now

It’s okay to be green:”

My Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor assured me after I relayed a mistake that I had made in a pastoral conversation that day.

I glared at her.

As I prepared to enter into my final year…

Clergy Self Care

The calling to ministry involves service to others, self-denial, and often, self-sacrifice.

For many clergy, investing in self-care, however, can be a challenge.

Whatever its source, feelings of obligation, guilt, or shame; or a lacking sense of boundaries, clergy are…

Improvisation in Ministry: “Yes, and…”

Improv has become, for me, more than playing a collection of silly games aimed at making an audience laugh.

Rather, improv is becoming a way of living.

Improvisers talk about “Yes, and…” If you know anything about improv beyond “Whose…

The Balancing Act

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to play in a woodwind quintet for a wedding. It turned out to be a highlight of my musical experiencemy clarinet joining in with the flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn.

Each…

I still remember the hurt

This is a reflection from a participant in the Healthy Transitions Retreat for Clergy and Spouses of the Ministering to Ministers program.

 

“I still remember…

The hurt, the frustration,

the anger, the unbelief.

The questions…Why? What just happened?

15 Common Sense Practices for Pastoral Ministry

Emotional Intelligence is one of the fields of research applied to pastoral leadership.

I think it holds great promise for effective pastoral leadership because the nature of leadership in the context of congregations is more about understanding relationships in the…

Education by Israel Galindo

The Help You Never Knew You Needed

It was sometime in the early 2000s that I was searching the interwebs for some ministry ideas and I ran across this thing called S3, a grant offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Being on…

For the Bookshelf: It Takes More than Love

Like most pastors, prior to weddings, I meet with a couple several times.

Early in my ministry, I used a premarital survey that assessed people’s values and feelings and then highlighted various areas, like money, communication, or sex, that might…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Pastors, their families and best practices

The paradox is that if we want our families to be healthy, balanced and whole, then we need to work on ourselves.

How do I bring my best self to my family?

If I say that something is important to…

A Heart Condition Worth Having!

This summer Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church has the wonderful opportunity for Lucas Mburu, a 2nd-year MATS student at CTS, to complete a part-time supervised ministry with us in partnership with Columbia Presbyterian Church.

Lucas’ internship focuses on “Building Flourishing Communities,” an…

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