Columbia Theological Seminary to Offer Leadership in Ministry Workshops

January 16, 2014, Decatur, Georgia – The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to partner with Leadership in Ministry Workshops (LIM) in 2014 to offer a unique leadership development experience for clergy and ministry leaders.

Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning said, “This is a great partnership. The Leadership in Ministry workshops match perfectly the mission and work of the Center for Lifelong Learning. I’ve long thought the model LIM utilizes is one of the most effective for continuing education available. It is grounded in solid theory, and uses peer learning and case study approaches for its methodology.”

The workshop seeks to apply Bowen Family Systems Theory as further developed by Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, to leadership in ministry and organizations. The majority of time is spent in small group case studies led by participants and facilitated by experienced faculty coaches. As such, participants work to apply the theory to the “real world” realities of their ministry context.

Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Some participants have attended for several years, with some participating for almost a decade, reaping the benefits of long-term commitment to personal and professional growth.

The dates for the Atlanta workshops are November 17-19, 2014 and March 9-11, 2015. In addition to the Atlanta site, LIM has workshop locations in Boston, West Virginia, and Portland. For more information or to register, visit or to learn more about LIM, visit


Israel Galindo
Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning


Sarah Erickson
Director of Lifelong Learning