Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

Columbia Theological Seminary has announced details for its Opening Convocation for the seminary’s 189th session. The event will be held at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on September 8 at 11:00 am. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Continue reading Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

The Struggle is Real

By Rev. James Ellis III, Chaplain of Discipleship at Hope College

In Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen raises a timely moral inquiry for our society: “Are we raising our children to be safe or to be brave? Are we raising our children to be smart or to be loving? Are we raising our children to be successful or to be significant?”

Given years of work with young people in churches, my interest in Haugen’s concerns the responsibilities of Christian parents and adults. I have encountered many in Christian communities who, perhaps through a wacky combination of innocence, avoidance, and theological misguidance, live as though playing dodge-ball with hardship is the way of Christ.

In this mindset it’s anathema to not pursue or enjoy an existence that avoids risk at all cost. Continue reading The Struggle is Real

Bad Teaching

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Polemics against bad teaching and poor education are a staple in social science, philosophy, and education literature. I suspect for two reasons: first, they are effective in getting readers riled up, and, second, I suspect it’s just too easy to sling tomatoes at poor teachers. After all, who among us hasn’t suffered under one? However, I do love a good rant… Continue reading Bad Teaching

GA Reflections by Jan Edmiston

August 3, 2016

As I write this article, J. Herbert Nelson is enjoying his first day on the job as the new Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, USA.  I have imagined this day for a while now.

We are at our best as a Church when we imagine the wondrous things that God can do.

When Denise Anderson and I were discerning whether or not to stand as Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly, we went back and forth for several weeks trying to imagine what it might look like to serve the Church we love in this way.  Sometimes I was ready to take the leap and Denise was not.  Other times, she was on board but I was not.  But then we started envisioning together:  imagine working with a new clerk and a new vision.  Imagine leading our denomination to talk about race and white privilege together.  Imagine modeling a new way of serving as co-moderators.  And so we leapt.

And here we are several weeks after the 222nd General Assembly still excited about the possibilities.  As I wrote for my own Presbytery: Continue reading GA Reflections by Jan Edmiston

A Faculty Coach Reflects on the Leadership in Ministry Experience

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has been offering the Leadership in Ministry workshops (LIM) on its campus since 2014. In 2017 it will expand the program and offer workshops in Boston, Portland, and Lost River WV. Fourteen faculty-coaches teach in the workshops. The CLL asked Dr. Israel Galindo to reflect on his experiences as a faculty coach in the Leadership in Ministry workshops. The workshops are part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning.

CLL: How long have you been a faculty-coach in LIM?

Dr. G: I joined the faculty in 1994 or 1995 at the invitation of Larry Matthews, founder and coordinator of the LIM workshops. I continued with LIM during my time as faculty at another seminary, but had to drop when I became dean there in 2010. Until this year I’d only participated in the West Virginia workshops.

CLL: What were your primary interests or motivations for becoming a LIM faculty member? Continue reading A Faculty Coach Reflects on the Leadership in Ministry Experience

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