Continuing Education Archives - Church Executive


Justice, relevance and authenticity

By Trevor Eppehimer, Ph.D. “Social relevance” serves as a holy grail for those whose careers depend on the ability to identify current patterns of thinking and spot contemporary cultural trends. Success follows, conventional wisdom holds, the politician, recording artist, filmmaker, or company that can locate, commodify and project “social relevance.” In North America, where persons […]

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It was just FIVE WORDS

  I remember sitting in a one-week intensive class, watching a video by photographer Dewitt Jones.  He talked about his travels for National Geographic and how the scenes he captured and the people he met impacted his perspective on the world. Jones talked about an interview with a life-seasoned woman known for her weaving. When […]

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Leadership training for pastors

3 continuing education experts examine the most in-demand offerings for today’s busy church leaders As your educational institute develops its advanced education offerings, what areas of need are emerging most from church leaders? Powell: Several key leadership concepts come to mind. The first is emotional intelligence. It stresses the importance of self-awareness, social awareness, empathy […]

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The pursuit of advanced education: a full-time pastor’s perspective

By Rev. Dr. Clay L. Barrow Since earning my Master of Divinity, my calling and vocation have taken me into Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); police chaplaincy in the Atlanta Police Department; Biblical Studies instructor of both Old and New Testament at the Westminster Schools (Atlanta); counseling in a mental health center (Sumter, SC); and to […]

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Transforming lives through community outreach & leadership development

community outreach

While playing football at a state university and completing his bachelor’s degree in advertising / PR, Jesse Eisenhart never dreamed of entering the ministry and following in his parents’ footsteps. However, as he watched them plan a new church, he knew he wanted to be part of something fresh and different. He felt God calling […]

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Make time for pastoral counseling

One of the most limited resources in a church is a pastor’s time. Yet, because of a variety of trends outside of the pastor’s control, pastoring a congregation has arguably never been more complicated. While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to […]

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Flipping the script on seminary study

In a world full of online options, the LIFE 631 program offers a uniquely residential — and communal — experience. At 25, Lindsey Rowland’s ministry background is already vast and widespread. As an undergrad at Otterbein University, she worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. She has also worked overseas, studying a foreign language and “learning […]

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Management skills for more effective ministry

How the Villanova University Master of Science in Church Management Degree is building capacity for leadership The popular myth says that leaders are born, not made. Not so, according to the Very Reverend John P. Bambrick, V.F., pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, NJ, and a graduate of Villanova School of Business’ Master of […]

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Meet Dr. Mark Harden, new president of Ashland Theological Seminary

In 1985, Dr. Mark Harden was beginning a career in law enforcement, serving the Detroit metro area. Uniquely, he brought a commitment to ministry to this public servant role, as well. The two callings unquestionably strengthened the outreach and community service offerings Dr. Harden was able to create and offer in his law enforcement role. They also helped to lay the foundation for his informed, diverse and proven approach to seminary leadership.

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New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Townsend to launch the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

Partnership makes Concordia the only university in the nation to offer the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling

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