Right Questions for Church Leaders

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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 Ideas, the Lewis Center’s online newsletter. This column grew out of Director Lovett H. Weems’s realization years ago that leaders spend far too much time trying to figure out the “right answers” to a range of issues facing congregational life while that time would be more profitably used in discerning a few key questions that can change the direction of a church.

In response to requests for a collection of questions used in “The Right Questions” column over the years, we have organized selected ones by topic and offer them in four volumes.


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Right Questions for Church Leaders: Vol. 4 book cover
Right Questions for Church Leaders, Volume 4
  • Understanding Your Church’s Identity
  • Identifying and Supporting Leaders
  • Reviewing Programs
  • Planning
  • Facing Challenges
  • Looking for Clues
  • Creative Abandonment
  • Seeking Feedback
  • Evaluation of Others
  • Habits
  • Leading Groups
  • Making the Most of Meetings
  • Worship
  • Encouraging Creativity
  • Delegation
  • Personal Reflection and Assessment

Right Questions for Church Leaders: Vol. 3 coverRight Questions for Church Leaders, Volume 3
  • Vision
  • Understanding Your Church’s Identity
  • Organizational Integrity
  • Reaching New Disciples
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Planning
  • Reviewing Programs
  • Remembering a Ministry’s Purpose
  • Priorities
  • Identifying and Supporting Leaders
  • Staffing and Hiring
  • In Times of Transition
  • Dealing with Differences
  • Facing Challenges
  • Personal Reflection and Assessment

Right Questions for Church Leaders: Vol. 2 coverRight Questions for Church Leaders, Volume 2
  • Understanding Your Church’s Identity
  • Supporting Leaders
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Reaching New Disciples
  • Staffing and Hiring
  • Reviewing Programs
  • Use of Time
  • Planning
  • In Times of Transition
  • Seeking Feedback
  • Fruitful Leadership
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Facing Challenges
  • Preaching
  • Looking for Clues
  • Personal Reflection and Assessment

Right Questions for Church Leaders: Vol. 1 coverRight Questions for Church Leaders, Volume 1
  • The Church’s Purpose
  • Remembering a Ministry’s Purpose
  • Identifying and Supporting Leaders
  • Communication
  • Reaching New Disciples
  • Seeing Your Church as Others Do
  • Reviewing Programs
  • Creative Abandonment
  • Assessing Differing Directions
  • Planning
  • Understanding Your Church’s Identity
  • Knowing What’s Going On
  • Making the Most of Meetings
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Facing Challenges
  • Personal Reflection and Assessment
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About Author

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, professor of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and author of several books on leadership.