2018 EdComm Conference

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Conference Topic: Resilient Teaching

The topic of the 2018 EdComm Conference was Resilient Teaching presented by Dr Donald Guthrie, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago. He is the co-author of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving. Dr Guthrie explored the ideas of building resilience by pursuing spiritual formation, avoiding burnout, building emotional and cultural intelligence, alongside developing healthy practices for stress management and leadership.

Below you will find recordings of the talks and resources connected to the conference proceedings.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Donald Guthrie, EdD

Dr Donald Guthrie, EdD
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Director of the PhD (Educational Studies)
Professor of Educational Ministries
The Jeanette L. Hsieh Chair of Educational Leadership

BA Grove City College, MDiv Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 
MA Indiana University of Pennsylvania, EdD University of Georgia

Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, Dr. Guthrie worked in campus ministry for 12 years with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and served on the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary. During his 15 years at Covenant, he directed the Field Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Distance Learning programs and also served as Vice President for Academics. Dr. Guthrie is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has enjoyed serving as a ruling elder in several local churches over the past 25 years. He is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing cultural trends, intergenerational ministry, calling and vocation, and adult learning. He is a co-author of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving.

Conference Recordings

We were very thankful to Compassion Australia for its generous support of the conference and for providing each attendee with a copy of the book 'Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving'. As Dr Guthrie mentioned at the conference, this book was designed to be used as a 'go-to' guide where you can explore the themes of the research, their implications and application. As you read this material, reflect on its content and seek to apply it to your professional practice, the reading can be accredited as Teacher Identified Professional Development. There are also additional resources at [http://www.resilientministry.com]. Enter it into your personal log and into your online professional development record with NESA. Don’t forget to write a short explanation of how the activity addressed the standard descriptors you nominated.


Burns, B., Chapman, T.D. & Guthrie, D.C. (2013). Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving (Downers Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press).

Additional Resources are available at http://www.resilientministry.com

Further Reading

During the conference Dr Guthrie mentioned a number of titles. They are listed below and may form other reference points for you to investigate.

Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

Cosden, D. (2006). Heavenly Good of Earthly Work (Ada, MI: Baker Academic).

Greenman, J.P. (2010). Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press).

Linsky, M., Heifetz, R.A., & Grashow, A. (2009). The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (Boston, MA: Harvard University Press).

Creech, R.R., Herrington, J., & Taylor, T. (2003). The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation (Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass).

Nichols, M.P. (2009). The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships (2nd Ed) (New York, NY: Guilford Publications).

Palmer, P. (2017). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life (20th Anniversary Ed.) (New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons).

Patterson, K., McMillan, R., Grenny, J., & Switzler, A. (2011). Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (2nd Ed) (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill).

Weimer, M. (2013). Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (2nd Ed) (New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons).