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, growth in discipleship. Ministers come to the calling and the profession having been shaped by their families of origin and by their faith communities (and to a certain extent, by the educational and formation processes of their formal theological education).
For good and for ill, they are dealt the cards they have been handed. What they choose and are able to do with that through the grace of God and their own agency determines to a large extent what thriving in ministry means. For that, they need significant support through the arc of their vocation.
From a theological framework, whether it is a construct from a particular theological reflection, or from the framework of scriptural narratives that promote living life as people joyfully, wonderfully, and lovingly made, answering a call to ministry, and living into it, makes for a life that can thrive. When one embraces one’s call, and construct principles by which to live and minister, there is an order to life that manages the chaos.
Join us for one of our Pastoral Excellence Programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The Leadership in Ministry workshops is offered in five locations: Boston MA, Portland OR, Atlanta GA, and our new locations at Lynchburg VA and Kansas City. Applications are now being accepted for our Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy and the Colloquy for Rural Church Pastors. Registration is now open for our Transitioning into Wellness Retreat for clergy and their spouses who have experienced forced terminations or are facing acute conflict in their congregations. Limited scholarships are available. Join us!
Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and; A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer and Don Reagan.
His books on Christian education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice), and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.