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Faith is a transformation, not a list of rules

Lists of dos and don’ts, even if biblically derived, are only moralistic. While they may manage behavior, they don’t lead to conversions of heart from a worldly to a spiritual... read more >

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Bringing faiths together through music

More than a century ago, missionaries discovered that singing biblical psalms set to indigenous melodies produced mass conversions among the persecuted Punjabis of what is now Pakistan. The Rev. Eric... read more >

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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... 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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A Congregation’s History is its 'Sacred Bundle'

Every institution has a “sacred bundle” of symbols, stories and artifacts that confers identity upon the community and establishes its norms and traditions. It is, at its heart, the distillation... 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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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >

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The Core of the American Self-image and the Reality

Where do we go when we realize we aren’t who we want to be? This question stayed with me after listening to this week’s...

World’s Largest Children’s Museum Celebrates Unique Global Partnership

Rare antiquities from Greece including mythological gods and goddesses, a replica of the Antikythera mechanism and fine...

Sacred Roots Thriving in Ministry (SRTM) Project Gets Lilly Funding

Rev. Hank Voss Jr., assistant professor of Biblical studies, was recently awarded a five-year, nearly one million...

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