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Right Questions for Church Leaders: 2012 Collection
Selected from past issues of Leading Ideas and organized by topics.
By Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 2012
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.” These two sentences introduce “The Right Question,” one of the most popular features in each issue of Leading Idea
s, the Lewis Center’s online newsletter. In response to requests for a collection of questions used in “The Right Question” column over the years, Lovett H. Weems, Jr., has organized selected ones by topic and has made them available in this collection. Learn more
Focus: The Real Challenges That Face the United Methodist Church
By Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 2012
Few would argue that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. But what are the core issues and concerns, the ones that must be addressed if the church is to follow God's leading into the future? Laying aside what can be merely tweaked or adjusted, what must the UMC "reset" about itself? Weems, one of the most highly-respected interpreters of contemporary United Methodism, offers suggestions. Learn more
Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results
By Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin, 2011
Churches need leaders who define ministry in terms of fruitfulness as well as faithfulness. They need pastors and lay leaders who ask about outcomes as well as process. This book provides leaders with the tools they need to assess the fruit their ministry bears in the lives of their congregation, their community, and the world. Learn more
Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 2010
In this revised edition, Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find Church Leadership the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader. Learn more
Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 2003
An astute student of management and leadership theory, Weems offers congregational leaders essential insights into how they can work with and through their churches' ministries to bring about authentic and faithful growth, and how they can work for genuine and effective change without trying to throw out everything that has gone before. The visioning process that Weems outlines in the book is described in a five-minute video on Vimeo
. The book is also published in Korean.
The Crisis of Younger Clergy
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., and Ann A. Michel, 2008
The number of young adults clergy in the UMC has declined precipitously since 1985.Weems and Michel offer several reasons why the numbers have declined so much, but the real strength of their work is a thorough analysis of what the church can do to promote a "culture of call" that will make room for the Holy Spirit to be heard in a local church context. Learn more
Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 1999
Weems reclaims a leadership vision from the great spiritual awakening known as the Wesleyan movement. Weems identifies such early Wesleyan principles as beginning with where people are, focusing on service, and remembering the poor. He enumerates practices of Wesleyan leadership, and names the core passions of the Wesleyan spirit. Learn more
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John Wesley's Message Today
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 1991
With its plain, easy-to-understand language, this Pocket Guide will help you understand the major aspects of John Wesley's theology. Discover what Wesley believed about the image of God and original sin, stewardship, justification by faith, the witness of the Spirit, and social holiness. This 96-page booklet offers study questions to help discuss the importance of Wesley's ideas today.
A Handbook for Seminary Presidents
By G. Douglass Lewis and Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 2006
Any person in administration at a seminary recognizes that leadership in theological education presents a unique set of challenges. A Handbook for Seminary Presidents aims to make this task easier and more fulfilling not only for the presidents themselves but also for deans, faculty, support staff, and all who seek to effectively prepare the next generation of Christian leaders.