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Essential Elements in Assessing Institutional Presidents

An effective and fair assessment of an institution’s president begins with clarity about the personal characteristics the board was looking for when it sought the current president, and the description... read more >

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Becoming a Long-Term Church: Lessons Learned

Just one of five new church starts is viable after five years. Survivors typically have strong leaders who have created and embodied a vision that met the need. At some... read more >

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The work and life of Pope Benedict XVI

A theologian and scholar by training, former Pope Benedict XVI has long been a writer of best-sellers, speeches and homilies that may turn out to be as important to interpreting... read more >

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Improving Organization in the Church

Four respected clergy from historically black churches in the United States offer ideas on how to improve the organizational depth and breadth of African-American congregations. Hosted on the African American... read more >

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Self-assessing your organization—why it matters

North American schools of theology can benefit greatly from regular self-assessment. Schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are expected to do so. When boards attend to their own performance,... read more >

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Shared Governance: An Institutional Game-Changer

Suspicion of shared governance runs deep in theological schools; as a consequence, faculty and administrators fail to understand the internal dynamics and external forces that affect the other’s decision-making processes.... read more >

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The importance of Leading (and collaborating) effectively

It is frequently noted in material on seminary leadership that the president and board chairman need to form an effective, mutually respectful relationship. The same can be said for all... read more >

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Managing change by keeping your eye on the goal

The replacement of existing policies, cultures or even products with emerging alternatives is difficult for any organization. Key to managing the resulting, if temporary, disruption without attempting to prevent innovation... read more >

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Women priests challenge Catholic history, church laws

In 2002, seven women were ordained as priests by a male bishop in Europe as an act of defiance against the Catholic conviction that divine law forbids the priesthood to... read more >

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Vatican II: Looking Back Can Help Us Move Forward

Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council out of a conviction that the Catholic Church needed to recognize that the world is not a hostile place and the church... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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