Navigating Difficult Conversations

In every organization, there are those who occupy leadership positions and there are those that truly lead. The true leaders are the people who make a significant difference. They are the people of influence. They may be at any level of the organization, from the CEO right down to newest hourly hire – from [...]

The Task Remaining

It is about 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus. Acts 1:3, tells us that Jesus used the time between His resurrection and His ascension back to the Father to teach His disciples more about the Kingdom of God. Near the end of this time, Jesus gave His disciples what is now popularly called the [...]

High Speed Internet Comes to Africa

Internet in Africa (Click Map to See Larger Image)

The headlines shout: “East Africa Gets High Speed Internet Access” and “Africa: High Speed Internet in Key to Economic Development.” These headlines herald the potential of Africa finally being able to truly connect to the internet on a broad basis. Historically, everyday access to to [...]

Book Review – Foreign to Familiar

Lanier, Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot – And Cold – Climate Cultures. Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-58158-022-3

Someone from Ecuador visiting the United States for the first time complains that, “When I asked for a ride, I was told that there was no more room. Americans are [...]

An Evaluation of TEE (Part 2 of 2)

While TEE does provide significant benefits in addressing some of the traditional formal education issues, it is not a panacea. In fact, TEE, primarily because of its diversity of forms and its relative youth compared to traditional formal education, introduces an entirely new set of issues. Some of these are being addressed while others will [...]

An Evaluation of TEE (Part 1 of 2)

Theological Education by Extension (TEE) was developed as an adaptation to the prevailing leadership development methods in the latter half of the 20th century. As evidenced by its rapid spread and continued usage forty-years later, TEE has specific strengths that are still relevant today. (See my previous post re the history of TEE’s development)

First, [...]

A Brief History of Theological Education by Extension

Over the years, church leadership development and theological education has almost always be in the purview of the formal educational institutions (i.e. universities and colleges). One such formal education setting was the Presbyterian Seminary of Guatemala located in Guatemala City.

Founded in 1938, the goal of the seminary was to provide trained leaders for the [...]

Book Review – Giving Wisely?

Martin, Jonathan. Giving Wisely: Killing with Kindness or Empowering Lasting Transformation? Sisters, OR: Last Chapter Publishing, 2008.

Generosity. How does one be truly generous? Is it merely a matter of giving money? Is there a right way and wrong to be generous? Is it possible to kill someone or something with generosity? These are some [...]

Theological Education Conversation Update – July 2, 2009

Theological Education Conversation Panel

Around the world, the Church is growing by leap and bounds. While we praise God for the expansion of His kingdom and changed lives, this growth does present a challenge to the Church. How do we provide trained, mature leaders to nurture and disciple the ever increasing numbers of new [...]

KIST Update July 2009

As all of you know, the economic crisis that has been shaking the foundations of America is not isolated to the our country alone. It is in fact a world wide crisis that is impacting the entire world. Food and fuel prices are up across the board. Everyday it is more of the struggle for [...]