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Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings. 

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March 2, 2014

Efficiently Sawing Off the Branch We're Sitting On

This week I have been in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a meeting of the Committee on Theological Education (which coordinates joint ministries between the PC(USA) seminaries).  We met at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, the seminary which trains the vast majority of the denomination’s Spanish-speaking pastors.  The president, Sergio Ojeda, was part of a panel of administrators, professors, and students which helped the committee to learn more about the institution.

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February 25, 2014

Seminarians with their Eyes on the Prize

This past weekend I was in Southern California for two events.  The first was to spend a day getting to know Fuller Theological Seminary and its ministries to Presbyterian Students.  (Although Fuller itself is not Presbyterian, many, many candidates for ordination in the PC(USA) graduate from its programs.)  In my next post, I will talk about the second reason for my visit, the Southern California gathering of the Fellowship of Presbyterians.

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October 29, 2013

A Special Committee as the Body of Christ?

Yesterday I was in Atlanta for a meeting of the Special Committee on Funding Theological Institutions, a team which has worked since the last General Assembly (at its request) on the question of the best way for the denomination to raise money for the Presbyterian Church (USA) seminaries.  There are seminary presidents, development professionals, members of the Committee on Theological Education, lawyers, a recent college graduate, pastors, and staff of the Presbyterian Mission Agency on the committee.  We met at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA (just outside Atlanta).

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October 25, 2013

Charged with Gratitude for Jesus' Love

This past week I have been in Princeton, NJ, for alumni reunion events and the inauguration of the seminary’s new president, M. Craig Barnes.  It was a week full of interesting lectures by Robert Wuthnow, Elsie McKee, and Bob Dykstra, of connecting with folks from the seminary and the denomination, and of worshiping Christ in powerful ways at both the seminary and university chapels.  I was struck by two of the charges given during my time in Princeton.

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October 16, 2013

The Church in Purple

As I write I am flying home from an extremely thought-provoking conference at Montreat called “The Church in Purple.”  It brought together speakers from the so-called progressive and conservative wings of the church, and asked them to think together about how we can be one church which lives in unity despite our blue/red differences.  

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September 26, 2013

Dangerous Not To Evolve

I was very glad to co-author with Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter an article that appeared recently in the Presbyterian Outlook.  The article is about leadership development and the ways that seminaries are working to expand the ways in which they go about this task.  In particular we discuss the merits of a partnership between Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.   

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September 23, 2013

Preparing Seminarians to be Leaders

Last week I traveled to Charlotte to visit Union Presbyterian Seminary.  I was very impressed to learn about a preparation for seminary program called “Communities of Learning” offered to incoming students. It is “designed to increase readiness fort theological education among admitted students by shaping them into learning communities.”  Through on-line communities and a mid-point retreat, the ministry covers basic biblical literacy, theological vocabulary, the nature of theological education, spiritual formation, foundational concepts, critical thinking, and communication skills. 

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September 12, 2013

What a Difference a Year Makes

On Monday and Tuesday I was in Nashville spending time with members of the Company of New Pastors, which is a program coordinated by Theology and Worship (one of the ministries of the PC(USA) with whom I work closely).  This program helps seminaries transition into ministry by encouraging spiritual disciplines (like reading the Bible and praying) and small groups.  These disciplines and groups begin in students’ last year of seminary, and then after graduation continue on for about four more years, with the same disciplines and newly configured groups.

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September 9, 2013

What Are You Building?

Pleasant Ridge is a strong supporter of the Theological Education Fund, which distributes money among ten Presbyterian seminaries to support their preparation of men and women for various types of ministry.  In my sermon, I thanked the congregation and then asked them what they are actually building when they donate money for this cause.

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August 9, 2013

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

In a recent blog post I wish that I had made more explicit my friend and colleague Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter’s contributions to a conversation with faculty and staff from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and to the topic of expanding leadership training beyond seminaries through the non-profit management departments of business schools. 

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July 30, 2013

Mixing Business School with Seminary

Earlier this month I was in Chicago and met with a representative from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, an institution of the United Methodist Church, two coordinators for executive non-profit education from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, at the invitation of my long-time friend and colleague, Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter.

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June 3, 2013

Imaginative, Resilient Leaders

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Atlanta, I preached and presented at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, where I had formerly served as an associate pastor.  I was pleased to meet someone who has become a part of the church since I left in 2003.  He told me, “Now when you get back to Louisville, you tell everyone how important it is that we keep educating our pastors.”

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May 13, 2013

Some Thoughts on the Future of Theological Education

I was in Dumaguete City, the Philippines a couple of weeks ago for a consultation on theological education in Asia.  There were about twenty representatives from South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States.  Most who were there were professors, but some denominational staff members, a bishop, and some mission co-workers were also present.  The event was very well-coordinated by the World Mission Office for Asia.

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March 18, 2013

Theological Education in Puerto Rico

During my first year in this call, I have sought to visit as many seminaries as I can, and last week I had the opportunity to visit the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.  Its president, Dr. Sergio Ojeda Cárcamo, spent the morning helping me to understand its ministry.  

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