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For the Bookshelf: Living on the Border of the Holy

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Two recent conversations related to the function of priesthood reminded me of the perennial nature of the ordained vs. laity polarity that exists in the thinking, if not in the actual practice, of many believers. One conversation involved an impatient dismissive rant from an Episcopal priest friend about the concept of “priesthood of all believers” as understood by some free church congregations. The other conversation was a woeful tale from a fellow Baptist about a crisis related to complaints about non-ordained staff serving communion. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: Living on the Border of the Holy

Common Sense in Pastoral Leadership

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Emotional Intelligence is a field of research currently being applied to pastoral leadership, to great benefit. I think it holds great promise to effective pastoral leadership because the nature of leadership in the relational context of congregations is more about understanding emotional process than about anything else typically associated with what constitutes “leadership” (management skills, education, intellect, good looks, personality style, etc.). But I think in many cases, “common sense” may be as valuable an asset for the leaders as a high score on any emotional intelligence inventory.

Here are some common sense factors that too many congregational leaders, whether pastors or staff, seem to not “get”: Continue reading Common Sense in Pastoral Leadership

Two New Course Offerings for Teachers and Preachers

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary announces two new courses designed especially for teachers and preachers.

Seven Concepts That Will Change Your Teaching will take place February 23-25, 2015. This new course is designed for congregational educators—lay teachers, pastors, teaching staff, and program staff. Course instructor Israel Galindo will introduce participants to seven concepts (or “big ideas”) about teaching and learning that will form a framework for new ways to approach teaching and learning in work and ministry. Register now to take advantage of early bird discounts for registrations completed before December 15. Continue reading Two New Course Offerings for Teachers and Preachers

Moore-Keish to Preach at PC(USA) General Assembly

By Michael Thompson, Director of Communications

Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, will preach at the closing worship for the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) in Detroit, MI next week. Her sermon is titled “Bound for the Promised Land” based on Mark 1:1-13. The closing worship service begins at 9:00 am on June 21, though Prof. Moore-Keish will preach at about 11:00 am.

The 221st General Assembly will be held from June 14 to 21, 2014 at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit. This biennial meeting brings together commissioners and advisory delegates from all 172 presbyteries, as well as other delegates and observers from around the world. We begin and end with worship, and in between there are celebrations, deliberations and inspirations for everyone. Continue reading Moore-Keish to Preach at PC(USA) General Assembly

New KAM Journal: Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers

By Michael Thompson, Director of Communications

The Korean American Ministries (KAM) at Columbia Theological Seminary has published a new journal issue, No. 6 “Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers.” The whole issue is available in English and can be downloaded at http://webkam.org/journal.

“Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers” represents a sampling of Korean sermons, and highlights the significant life of early preachers in the history and development of the Protestant churches in Korea. This is not a complete list, but is a representation of denominationally recognized names of early Christian leaders in Korea. Continue reading New KAM Journal: Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers