Thoughts on leadership in a chronically anxious system at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog.
Nifty handout on educational terms at the theological school deans blog from the Wabash Center.
One of the hardest things for both novice and experienced teachers to learn is that lecture is not instruction. Here are some thoughts on “Five stages for effective teaching” at the Wabash Center? blog on “less lecture.”
A tool for curriculum assessment and integration, the curriculum map, at the Wabash Center blog for theological school deans.
In honor of Theological Libraries Month & American Archives Month the library staff at Columbia Theological Seminary sent this helpful list of curricular resources for congregations. These resources are available at the library’s curriculum lab (located in the children’s library).
- Re:form is a totally new approach to youth ministry that trusts youth to wrestle with the historic Christian faith and theology.
- animate is an original take on adult education that stirs curiosity. Participants are engaged and inspired to connect with their faith. Facilitators don’t have to have all the answers. Animate encourages everyone–including the facilitator–to participate in the experience, have a point of view, and deepen faith.
- Seasons Growing Faith provides a perfect foundation for setting up a space to nurture the development of faith and the spiritual language of children at an early age (birth to age 2).
- Faith Questions mini-courses respond to real faith questions posed by Presbyterian youth from across the denomination. Each four- or six-session study encourages young people to look to Scripture, as well as our faith traditions, in relevant and responsive ways.
- Our Whole Lives, together with Sexuality and Our Faith, helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their faith. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
Three models for curriculum integration at the Wabash Center blog for theological school deans.
How ministry practitioners learn best at Journeying Together.
Eleven leadership secrets of effective deans at the Wabash Center blog for theological school deans (with apologies to August Turak).
Rick has been asking systems questions again lately. It may be time to start another compilation…
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This is an intriguing topic. I’m not sure that it is always interpreted correctly. As with many concepts in Bowen Systems Theory, this one seems to be taken as determinative or prescriptive, rather than merely descriptive of human relationship dynamics. All that to say, merely because the vagaries and happenstance of propinquity means most of us will naturally find affinity with someone at our own level of differentiation, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we should make that a goal.
Perhaps a more accurate approach is to say that we TEND TO be attracted to persons at our own level of differentiation. One would hope that if that person is a life partner, that we will work mutually to help each other mature and become better differentiated over time. I believe one common cause of separation happens when one partner moves toward maturity and differentiation while the other remains “the same.”
I imagine it’s not too difficult to find another person at one’s level of differentiation. After all, like attracts like: health attracts health, and dysfunction attracts dysfunction. And, the law of propinquity means we will travel in contexts and networks with persons who are within our range of maturity, class, interests, and differentiation. If that fails, one can always use an online matching service–they seem to be pretty good at matching “like” and “complimentary,” perhaps including differentiation of self. Although one must be cautious when it comes to romance, as in itself falling in love with another means one abandons differentiation to some extent, at least for a while.