Category Archives: Along the Journey

From our Center of Lifelong Learning.

The Leader and Imaginative Gridlock

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I’ve been working with a couple of organizations that are “stuck” but motivated enough to get moving toward becoming “healthier,” clearer about their mission, and more effective in how they carry it out. As I witness the process of working with the leaders and employees of both organizations I’m reminded of some fundamental truths about systems. First, while motivation is a necessary component for bringing about change, it is not sufficient for moving toward health and effectiveness. For example, if the motivation is to simply ease acute anxiety or pain, a system will settle on pragmatic “instant” solutions that will ease the symptoms, but not effect changes necessary for progress. Continue reading The Leader and Imaginative Gridlock

New! CLL Certificate Program Trains Spiritual Directors

The Spirituality Program in the Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce the New Certificate in Spiritual Direction program. The first residential session will be in the fall of 2015. Applications for the first cohort will be accepted through April 30, 2015. The application can be accessed here.

This program of study is designed for individuals who discern a call to the practice of Spiritual Direction. Grounded in the tradition of Christian Spirituality, the curriculum includes four one week-long residencies on the CTS campus, individual reading and reflection, and supervised practice in the art of spiritual direction. Organized on the cohort model, the certificate is intended to be completed in two and a half years. Continue reading New! CLL Certificate Program Trains Spiritual Directors

For the Bookshelf: Ancient-Future Evangelism

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith -Forming Community, Robert Webber, Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Baptist Seminary continues the “ancient-future” theme from previous works, the Ancient-Future Worship website, Ancient-Future Faith, and anticipates the following volume, Ancient-Future Time. In this book Webber presents a model for evangelism and discipleship—and therein lies his worthy contribution to the subject of churches and evangelism: the authentic reclamation of evangelism as a vital part of what the church does as part of its disciple-making mission. Specifically, he reminds his readers that the Great Commission is “not only to evangelize, but to make disciples” (p. 13). Continue reading For the Bookshelf: Ancient-Future Evangelism

Ashes for Action

By Dawn Martin-Hyde, MDiv ‘12

Following a full morning of #AshesonBART, our church intern Lacey Hunter, elder Tom Pack and I gathered in front of the immigration court building in San Francisco to offer a service of ashes and prayers.

The connection for me is clear. On Ash Wednesday, we step into the season of Lent. We mark a cross with ashes on our forehead and we remember that we are mere dust…beloved dust…and that as God’s creation we belong (in life and in death) to God. We also belong to each other…

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The Last Thing You Should Do Is Buy Church Curriculum

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

There is one thing you can count on in Christian education at any local church: inevitably (just as certain as death and taxes), Sunday School teachers will begin to ask for “new curriculum.” This is regardless of the size of the church or the quality of the curriculum resources teachers currently are using when this mysterious angst strikes! Continue reading The Last Thing You Should Do Is Buy Church Curriculum