Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator Candidate with T. Denise Anderson

Repeat after me:

It’s not – and never again will be – about getting new members.

On the heels of Mothers’ Day, I’ve been thinking about a couple of important and unimportant things:

An historic Mother Church is counting down to a terrible anniversary in forty days.

KFC’s biggest sales day is – not kidding about this – Mothers’ Day. Lots of moms got buckets of chicken for Mothers’ Day. Continue reading Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

A Repertoire for Leadership in Anxious Times

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Functioning at a high level of self-differentiation is the golden fleece sought by organizational and congregational leaders who are students of Bowen Systems Theory. Especially during times of acute anxiety and systemic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that will help them navigate the storm. In no particular order, here’s “The Repertoire” experienced systems leaders tend to follow: Continue reading A Repertoire for Leadership in Anxious Times

Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath

By Marci Glass, MDiv ’08

A few years ago, our congregation changed our monthly worship “rhythm.” Once a month, we worship Saturday at 5 pm and then take the next Sunday as an intentional day of Sabbath rest.

On the Sunday when we don’t worship, people are invited to be intentional about how they spend their “day off.” It is not another day to work. It is a day to be present and experience joy. It is a day to enjoy God’s creation and the relationships we treasure

On a typical Sabbath Sunday at our house, I go for a hike and then read the Sunday New York Times at my favorite coffee shop. In warmer months, my family will drive up to the Payette River and Justin and Elliott kayak while I read a book on the bank of the river. Then we make dinner together and maybe watch a movie.

Sabbath days are great days, because they seem to last much longer than a normal day. Continue reading Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath

Charge to the Graduates of 2016

Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016
By Leanne Van Dyk, President

It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of Scripture. There are, of course, many charges in the pages of the Bible–from the sublime, “Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Revelation 3) to the mundane, “You shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns. . .” (Exodus 28).

The charges that I have selected for today address specifically the character and quality of a leader–these texts charge us to act in ways that will honor God and do good to others. Listen to these words from Scripture… Continue reading Charge to the Graduates of 2016

For the Bookshelf: The Lay Driven Church

Steinbron, Melvin J. The Lay Driven Church. Regal Publishing Company, 1997.

By guest blogger Lois Page

There have been those to say, “Laypeople do not get involved in the church because they are lazy.” Author Melvin J. Steinbron, demolishes that theory with his practical guide of involving lay people through purpose, motivation and direction. He tells how to make ministry more effective by getting more of the congregation involved in the work of the church. Dr. Steinbron’s principles are ministry-tested, biblical ideas that have assisted hundreds of churches around the world with shifting laity involvement from a neutral gear to an overdrive gear. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: The Lay Driven Church


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