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November 30, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

When Christmas Falls on a Sunday
Why worship on Christmas Day? Jessica Anschutz and Doug Powe share important reasons for worshipping on Christmas Day and offer ideas for innovative, hybrid (or virtual) Christmas Day worship. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/when-christmas-falls-on-a-sunday/

In-depth Interview with Kimberly Daniel
>> A Way Out of No Way
How can Christian innovation address the needs of people who are under-resourced and undervalued? Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff interviews Kimberly Daniel about how Christian innovation can begin to break down barriers to wealth and flourishing. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/a-way-out-of-no-way/

7 Suggestions for Reaching More People this Christmas
Is your church ready to roll out the holiday welcome mat? Ann Michel offers seven suggestions for helping people meet Christ anew this Christmas. Equip your congregation so that visitors are warmly welcomed online and in person this holiday season. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-suggestions-for-reaching-more-people-this-christmas-eve/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Carl Dudley once pointed out that when things are not going well in a church, we tend to focus on our mistakes and weaknesses. He suggested a different approach. Assume that other churches that are more fruitful than yours may have things from which you can learn by asking this question: What can we learn from what others are doing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Devotion for Church Leaders for the Second Sunday of Advent
These reflections are designed to help you step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and reflect on God’s presence in your midst. Join Rev. Dr. Jessica L. Anschutz as we consider how God calls us to faithfully choose a better way. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/1xHryQgq5TM

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Video-based Group Study Curriculum
>> Adult Studies for Your Small Groups and Sunday School Classes in 2023
Bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your congregation’s in-person and online small groups and classes with studies from the Lewis Center. Our video-based curriculum encourages energetic discussion and personal reflection on a number of subjects. Studies include: Journey through the Psalms, In God’s Time, Simply Christian, Religion and Science, Nature: Our First Way Of Knowing God, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Leading Like Nehemiah, and more. Learn more, watch sample videos, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

“Quotable” Leadership
“What does not get measured cannot be fixed. Any organization that hopes to learn and improve needs to base its decisions on evidence. This is particularly true when confronting problems that are the results of systemic unconscious bias.” — Iris Bohnet

The Definitive Guide to Leading a Congregation
>> Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity
The need for leadership in the church is pressing, and the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is great. In “Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity,” Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. 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 this book the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/church-leadership-vision-team-culture-integrity-revised-edition/

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November 23, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Let Us Give Thanks
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. — Philippians 4:6”
In recognition of the holiday, we are republishing some of our favorite articles on gratitude and thankfulness. We hope they help you keep God as the focus of your Thanksgiving.
From everyone at the Lewis Center, best wishes for a safe and happy holiday. We give thanks for you and your faithful and fruitful leadership.

Giving Thanks Faithfully
Ann Michel says Thanksgiving is an opportunity to refocus our expressions of gratitude. True gratitude is always about the giver and not the gift. Faith invites us to focus less on what we are grateful for and more on the God to whom we owe thanks. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/giving-thanks-faithfully/

Devotion for Church Leaders for the First Sunday of Advent
These reflections are designed to help you step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and reflect on God’s presence in your midst. Join Rev. Dr. Jessica L. Anschutz as we consider how God calls us to faithfully choose a better way. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/g2ESt47cULM

Cultivate Generosity through Thankful Living
Sharron Blezard ponders how we can cultivate gratitude and generosity by practicing thankful living in our individual and congregational lives. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/cultivate-generosity-through-thankful-living/

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4 Ways to Help People Cultivate a Heart of Gratitude
Ann Michel suggests ways that churches can cultivate an attitude of gratitude — a mindset that makes people more mindful of God’s abundance, more generous, happier, and more content. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-help-people-cultivate-a-heart-of-gratitude/

10 Ways to Help Children Grow in Faith and Generosity
How can parents shape a generous spirit in their children? Ken Sloane outlines ten practical ways families can focus more intentionally on giving and gratitude, compassion, and service so that their children grow in faith and generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/10-ways-to-grow-a-generous-spirit-in-your-family/

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November 16, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Key Questions to Focus Your Change Agenda
Successful change requires setting priorities. But how can a leader discern which goals are most important? Doug Powe and Lovett Weems suggest a series of questions that can help reveal which initiatives can make the most difference. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-key-questions-to-focus-your-change-agenda/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 114
>> “Bivocational by Choice” featuring Ben Connelly
Can bivocational ministry be a strategic choice and not just a reluctant concession to financial constraints? Ben Connelly shares how bivocational ministry can enhance collaboration, deepen engagement with the mission field, and even promote the personal spiritual growth of those who practice bivocational ministry. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/bivocational-by-choice-featuring-ben-connelly/

4 Promises for Church Leaders Healing Trauma in Congregations
How can church leaders help their congregations heal from collective trauma? Ron Bell outlines four promises for church leaders to help congregations and people heal while still experiencing trauma, whether that trauma is related to race, environment, economic factors, culture, politics, or sex. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-promises-for-church-leaders-healing-trauma-in-congregations/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
One thing that distinguishes the biblical model of fruitful leadership is that there is always a desired harvest. All efforts keep in mind a future destination or outcome. Important questions are: Have we reached the desired outcome? If not, how far along the journey have we come?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

50 Ways to Welcome New People this Advent and Christmas Season
The holidays are coming! Are you ready for more visitors to your church? Learn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time visitors with strategies and tips to ensure they feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people/

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Explore the Religious Workforce Project
Building on previous research, the Religious Workforce Project from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center is an unprecedented effort to understand the nation’s religious workforce in a comprehensive way. The Project includes a national meta-analysis and a qualitative study in the Washington, DC metro area. Funding for the project is generously provided by The Lilly Endowment, Inc. Learn more now. https://religiousworkforce.com/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Advocacy is not advocacy when aimed at those who share your views. That is redundancy. The key to solving most problems is in building a larger consensus than previously existed for a solution.” — Bill Shore

NEW BOOK
>> Sustaining While Disrupting: The Challenge of Congregational Innovation
In this new book, F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. offer theological insights and practical skills to guide church leaders in stewarding traditions while also seeking innovative opportunities for faith communities. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/sustaining-while-disrupting-the-challenge-of-congregational-innovation/

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November 9, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Getting Comfortable Preaching about Money and Generosity
Preaching on the topic of money is spiritually challenging. And it can also be personally challenging to leaders plagued by their own economic insecurity or discomfort in asking people to give. Meredith McNabb of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving says preachers must address their own concerns and fears about money talk so they can invite their people into the faithful practice of generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/getting-comfortable-preaching-about-money-and-generosity/

In-depth Interview with Doug Powe and Lovett Weems
>> Sustaining While Disrupting
How can you bring about meaningful change in your church? F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. maintain that genuine change also involves continuity. Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews them about their new book “Sustaining While Disrupting” and how leaders can sustain key traditions and systems while simultaneously pursuing new initiatives and innovations. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/sustaining-while-disrupting-an-in-depth-interview-with-doug-powe-and-lovett-weems/

10 Ways to Help Children Grow in Faith and Generosity
How can parents shape a generous spirit in their children? Ken Sloane outlines ten practical ways families can focus more intentionally on giving and gratitude, compassion, and service so that their children grow in faith and generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/10-ways-to-grow-a-generous-spirit-in-your-family/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Charlie Baber notes that worship is often planned primarily from the perspective of those already attending church. He suggests questions that might help shape worship with a broader mission. What sort of worship reaches those people in your town who most need the power of God’s love in Christ? How is your music inspiring people to a deeper community and deeper faith? How is your worship grounded in the faith of the past, while evolving with the people God has placed in your community?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Help Your Congregation Live into the Connection between Faith and Generosity
>> Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in conjunction with an annual stewardship campaign or in a variety of Christian education settings. This video tool kit is ecumenical and may be used for self study or with groups. Featured topics: Stewardship 101; What the Bible Teaches about Giving; A Christian Understanding of Money, Possessions, and Generosity; Biblical Generosity; and Faith and Generosity. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

WEBINAR
>> How to Reshape Worship through Mission
Learn how your church can plan worship in ways that celebrate and advance God’s mission for your church.
Tuesday, November 15, Noon-1 p.m. Eastern | $35
“Let Mission Shape Your Worship,” a webinar with Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., will help church leaders continue to strengthen their worship in ways that engage evermore people with God’s love through Jesus Christ. While mission is the church’s reason for being, worship that embodies that mission brings a power that can unify and grow a congregation. In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn practical skills that can be adapted to fit individual church contexts. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/let-mission-shape-your-worship-webinar/

Support the Lewis Center
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Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
>> Devotion to Jesus: The Divinity of Christ in Earliest Christianity
In this eight-session study Dr. Larry Hurtado, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Christian origins, explores when, where, and why Christians first believed in the divinity of Jesus. He also clears away a mountain of popular misinformation. “Devotion to Jesus” is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and watch a sample video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/devotion-jesus-divinity-christ-earliest-christianity/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Things move at the speed of relationship in rural America. You don’t jump straight into business or take care of things as quickly as possible. An essential part of the culture of living and organizing in rural America is slowing down and building relationships.” — Chloe Maxmim and Canyon Woodward

BOOK
>> Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel
Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Ann A. Michel present the Bible’s redeeming and transforming message of generosity, stewardship, and abundance in this comprehensive guide to Christian financial responsibility. The book provides practical advice to pastors and church leaders tasked with funding ministry and inspiring others toward responsible stewardship and greater generosity. It addresses church fundraising, stewardship campaigns, budgets, financing capital needs, endowments, and innovative approaches to economic sustainability. “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance” integrates the theological and practical dimensions of finance to empower congregational leaders to think critically about stewardship from a Christian perspective, helping them use their personal and congregational possessions in the light of faith. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/generosity-stewardship-and-abundance-a-transformational-guide-to-church-finance/

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November 2, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Is Your Church Spending Too Much or Too Little on Personnel?
How does your church spending on personnel compare to other churches? Lovett Weems reports averages of the percentage of total expenditures that congregations spend on all personnel. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-church-spending-too-much-or-too-little-on-personnel/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 113
>> “A Way Out of No Way” featuring Kimberly Daniel
How can Christian innovation address the needs of people who are under-resourced and undervalued? Kimberly Daniel shares how Christian innovation can begin to break down barriers to wealth and flourishing. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/a-way-out-of-no-way-by-kimberly-daniel/

Churches Continue to Increase Lay Staff
How might staffing trends impact the ministry of your congregation? Lovett Weems reports on the increasing amount of personnel spending on lay staff in United Methodist congregations. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/churches-continue-to-increase-lay-staff/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Often when we work regularly with those who don’t share our views, there can be a tendency to focus on those differences. Chloe Maxmim and Canyon Woodward suggest that a better beginning point is to identify those things that we share using a question such as: What are our common hopes, dreams, fears, and frustrations?Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

WEBINAR
>> How to Reshape Worship through Mission
Learn how your church can plan worship in ways that celebrate and advance God’s mission for your church.
Tuesday, November 15, Noon-1 p.m. Eastern | $35
“Let Mission Shape Your Worship,” a webinar with Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., will help church leaders continue to strengthen their worship in ways that engage evermore people with God’s love through Jesus Christ. While mission is the church’s reason for being, worship that embodies that mission brings a power that can unify and grow a congregation. In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn practical skills that can be adapted to fit individual church contexts. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/let-mission-shape-your-worship-webinar/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
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The Lewis Center Has a Special Gift for You This Advent Season!
Each week of Advent, we will release a devotional for church leaders on YouTube. These reflections are designed to help you step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and reflect on God’s presence in your midst. Join us as we consider how God call us to faithfully choose a better way.

Support the Lewis Center
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NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

“Quotable” Leadership
“I raise up my voice — not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.” — Malala Yousafzai, youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

Wesley Theological Seminary, in Partnership with SMU Perkins School of Theology, Receives $5 Million Lilly Endowment Grant to Create New Educational Pathways for Ministry
Wesley Theological Seminary, in collaboration with SMU Perkins School of Theology, is developing new non-degree courses and certificates for pastors with the support of a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
The grant to Wesley, part of the third and final phase of Lilly’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, will enable both schools to develop a business model to better support comprehensive theological education: layered and articulated courses and programs that reach and serve pastors and lay ministers throughout their ministries and across many contexts. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/news/wesley-theological-seminary-in-partnership-with-smu-perkins-school-of-theology-receives-5-million-lilly-endowment-grant-to-create-new-educational-pathways-for-ministry/

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October 26, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

My 10 Biggest Leadership Mistakes
Ron Edmondson shares his biggest leadership mistakes so that you can learn from his experience. These leadership lessons point to the importance of honesty and humility, honoring the perspectives of others and attending to the Holy Spirit, and knowing when the time is right for action. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/my-10-biggest-leadership-mistakes/

In-depth Interview with Phil Cooke
>> Ideas on a Deadline
How can you be creative when facing deadlines? Doug Powe, Director of the Lewis Center, interviews media consultant Phil Cooke about gaining clarity about expectations, saying “no,” and stumbling blocks to creativity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/ideas-on-a-deadline-an-in-depth-interview-with-phil-cooke/

The Risk of Trying to Please Everyone
Mike Bonem says a process of meaningful change can be slowed, interrupted, or completely stopped if a leader insists on trying to please everyone. What is critical is building enough genuine support so that the effort can move forward. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-risk-of-trying-to-please-everyone/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
One of the key roles for pastoral leaders is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) and to develop new leaders throughout the congregations. Lee Kricher uses a question that can help pastors assess how they are doing. Would the people in your congregation who know you best consider you to be a leader who is deeply committed to developing other leaders and sharing leadership?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

LPLI Helps Good Church Leaders Become Better Church Leaders
>> LPLI Pastor Version | LPLI Staff Version
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI users receive a personalized leadership profile report that can be used for self-discovery, discussing their results with others, setting goals for improvement, and tracking progress over time. Learn more about LPLI. https://lpli.org/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church
How can a small congregation engage the community in a significant way? With the right approach, a small church can make a big impact in the world through partnerships, creative use of resources, and a focus on relational ministry. Read “To the Point: Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church” to learn how. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-community-ministry-small-church/

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Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
>> Serious Answers to Hard Questions
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Topics include the existence of evil, the relationship between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more. “Serious Questions to Hard Answers” is an outstanding introductory-level study that appeals to a very wide audience and is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and watch sample video clips now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions/

“Quotable” Leadership
“It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success . . . shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.” — Walt Whitman

NEW BOOK
>> Sustaining While Disrupting: The Challenge of Congregational Innovation
In this new book, F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. offer theological insights and practical skills to guide church leaders in stewarding traditions while also seeking innovative opportunities for faith communities. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/sustaining-while-disrupting-the-challenge-of-congregational-innovation/

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October 19, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Practical Strategies for Nurturing a Culture of Generosity
Ann A. Michel and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., authors of “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance,” say creating a culture of generosity requires creativity and consistency. They outline seven strategies that any church can deploy to deepen the link between faith and giving. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-practical-strategies-for-nurturing-a-culture-of-generosity/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 112
>> “Sustaining While Disrupting” featuring Doug Powe and Lovett Weems
What is required to bring about meaningful change in your church? F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. maintain that genuine change also involves continuity. They outline strategies for sustaining key traditions and systems while simultaneously pursuing new initiatives and innovations. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/sustaining-while-disrupting-featuring-doug-powe-and-lovett-weems/

Leadership Lessons from Jackie Robinson
Lovett H. Weems Jr. shares inspiring leadership lessons from the life of Jackie Robinson. Robinson faced challenges and adversity with courage and faith, while striving to make life better for others. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leadership-lessons-from-jackie-robinson/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
The Boston Red Sox baseball team in 1959 was the last to sign a Black player, 12 years after Jackie Robinson began for the Dodgers and three years after he retired. Through those years, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was told by his scouts that Black players were not ready for big league play despite ample evidence otherwise. Yawkey should have asked two questions good leaders use: What may be missing in these reports? How do we verify the evaluations?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Help Your Congregation Live into the Connection between Faith and Generosity
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in conjunction with an annual stewardship campaign or in a variety of Christian education settings. This video tool kit is ecumenical and may be used for self study or with groups. Featured topics: Stewardship 101; What the Bible Teaches about Giving; A Christian Understanding of Money, Possessions, and Generosity; Biblical Generosity; and Faith and Generosity. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

NEW BOOK
>> Sustaining While Disrupting: The Challenge of Congregational Innovation
In this new book, F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. offer theological insights and practical skills to guide church leaders in stewarding traditions while also seeking innovative opportunities for faith communities. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/sustaining-while-disrupting-the-challenge-of-congregational-innovation/

Support the Lewis Center
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50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

“Quotable” Leadership
“That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its steeples.” — William Faulkner, “Light in August”

Free Webinar — Register Now
>> Improving Worship Attendance in a Post-Pandemic World
Learn best practices your church can use to increase in-person and online worship attendance.
Tuesday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For most congregations, attracting new people was a challenge even before the pandemic. Now, churches must focus not only on the continuing need to reach new people but also on reconnecting with the sizable percentage of those who attended regularly before COVID-19 but have not yet returned to the pews. Join Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr., Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to improve your congregation’s in-person and online worship attendance. Learn more and register now. https://forms.gle/HVLwZF2vCxuqNTRP7

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

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October 12, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Genuine Change Involves Continuity
Doug Powe and Lovett Weems of the Lewis Center staff say that successful and lasting change is likely to come through evolution rather than revolution. Therefore, successful change leaders are both innovators and sustainers who give adequate attention to the traditions, people, programs, and assets that make innovation possible. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/genuine-change-involves-continuity/

In-depth Interview with Mike Bonem
>> The Messy Art of Leading Change
How can you lead effectively given the inherent messiness of congregational life? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews leadership expert Mike Bonem on the art of leading change, responding to those who resist change, and the courage to allow yourself to be changed. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-messy-art-of-leading-change-an-in-depth-interview-with-mike-bonem/

A Biblical Model of Leadership Transition
How does the leadership transition from Moses to Joshua provide insights for leaders today? Lee Kricher offers insights on this seamless leadership transition. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/a-biblical-model-of-leadership-transition/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Tod Bolsinger tells of two friends and mentors who used email and even postcards occasionally to ask questions that kept him spiritually grounded. Each always began with “I am praying for you.” Then came a question such as these two: What are you doing for God’s kingdom today? How are you feeling about glorifying God in your life?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

How Do New People See Your Church?

We asked church members in several states to attend nearby churches as visitors and report on their findings. Many reflected on the difficulty churches have in viewing things from the perspective of persons new to their church. The challenge is to think of everything from arrival to departure — signage, hospitality, bulletins, and more — from the vantage point of someone who has never been to your church before. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-do-new-people-see-your-church/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Free Webinar — Register Now
>> Improving Worship Attendance in a Post-Pandemic World
Learn best practices your church can use to increase in-person and online worship attendance.
Tuesday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For most congregations, attracting new people was a challenge even before the pandemic. Now, churches must focus not only on the continuing need to reach new people but also on reconnecting with the sizable percentage of those who attended regularly before COVID-19 but have not yet returned to the pews. Join Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr., Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to improve your congregation’s in-person and online worship attendance. Learn more and register now. https://forms.gle/HVLwZF2vCxuqNTRP7

“Quotable” Leadership
“That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its steeples.” — William Faulkner, “Light in August”

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
>> Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Presented by Biblical Scholar N. T. Wright
This 10-session study addresses questions of the reasonableness of the Christian faith in the modern world. “Simply Christian” is an excellent course for both established believers and seekers and is ideal for your congregation’s in-person or online small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Watch a sample video and learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/simply-christian/

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October 5, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Tips for Building True Spiritual Community
When you move from being “in church” to being “in community,” your vision of others changes. Rebekah Simon-Peter offers five tips for daring to go to the soul and being in community. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-tips-for-building-true-spiritual-community/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 111
>> “Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking” featuring Phil Cooke
How can you be creative when facing deadlines? We speak with media consultant Phil Cooke about gaining clarity on expectations, saying “no,” and stumbling blocks to creativity. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/ideas-on-a-deadline-how-to-be-creative-when-the-clock-is-ticking/

Adding New Income Lines to Your Church Budget
As you plan your budget, does your church focus primarily on expenses without considering the revenue side of the equation? Stewardship expert Grace Pomroy outlines seven creative possibilities for expanding revenue beyond tithes and offerings. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/adding-new-income-lines-to-your-church-budget/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Saj-nicole A. Joni reminds leaders not to think too narrowly about their work but to ask questions such as: Does this agenda cover the full picture? Am I leaving the right legacy?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Free Webinar — Register Now
>> Improving Worship Attendance in a Post-Pandemic World
Learn best practices your church can use to increase in-person and online worship attendance.
Tuesday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For most congregations, attracting new people was a challenge even before the pandemic. Now, churches must focus not only on the continuing need to reach new people but also on reconnecting with the sizable percentage of those who attended regularly before COVID-19 but have not yet returned to the pews. Join Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr., Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to improve your congregation’s in-person and online worship attendance. Learn more and register now. https://forms.gle/HVLwZF2vCxuqNTRP7

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Build a Better Annual Budget for Your Church
The “Developing Your Operating Budget” Video Tool Kit helps you understand what an operating budget is, different ways that churches create their annual operating budgets, and five common budgeting models. No matter your church size, this resource will provide clues and wisdom to help your budget advance your mission and accomplish God’s vision for your congregation. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/developing-your-operating-budget-download/

“Quotable” Leadership
“If we sit together, surrender our need to blame, reclaim our wonderful human minds, and use all the information available, we can find our way through to solutions.” — Margaret J. Wheatley

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
>> Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together
Church leaders have always looked to the Scriptures for wisdom on how to fulfill their callings. This six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that can inspire and guide faith leaders today. The accompanying Study and Discussion Guide provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. Watch an introductory video, view sample Study and Discussion Guide pages, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/

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September 28, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Does an Aging Population Explain High Clergy Ages?
For most traditions, the disproportionate aging of clergy is a crucial challenge. Lovett H. Weems Jr. highlights some of the findings in the National Congregations Study (NCS) and names some of the challenges facing denominations today. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/does-an-aging-population-explain-high-clergy-ages/

In-depth Interview with Elizabeth Shulman
>> Ministries with Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers
How can congregations support persons with dementia and their caregivers? Jessica Anschutz interviews Elizabeth Shulman, who offers an organic, three-part program to aid congregations in creating ministries to meet the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/finding-sanctuary-ministries-with-persons-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers-an-in-depth-interview-with-elizabeth-shulman/

Still Fewer Young United Methodist Elders in 2022
Lovett H. Weems Jr. reports that the declining number of young elders in the United Methodist Church has accelerated while the number of young deacons increased. The number of young clergy continues to be a cause for concern. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/still-fewer-young-united-methodist-elders-in-2022/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Courtney E. Martin says that people who want to be sensitive to persons different from themselves often focus too much on looking for something to read or the advice of an expert. When there is uncertainty about how plans may be received by others, she suggests that asking these questions is preferable: What do you think? How does this feel to you?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Free Webinar — Register Now
>> Improving Worship Attendance in a Post-Pandemic World
Learn best practices your church can use to increase in-person and online worship attendance.
Tuesday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For most congregations, attracting new people was a challenge even before the pandemic. Now, churches must focus not only on the continuing need to reach new people but also on reconnecting with the sizable percentage of those who attended regularly before COVID-19 but have not yet returned to the pews. Join Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr., Rev. Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to improve your congregation’s in-person and online worship attendance. Learn more and register now. https://forms.gle/HVLwZF2vCxuqNTRP7

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Online Courses for Laity and Clergy
>> Registration is Open for Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies Courses from BeADisciple
The Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies — created in partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary — offers online courses and educational materials that are theologically rich and deep. Courses are appropriate for anyone, lay or clergy, and may be used to earn CEU credits and a certification in Advanced Christian Studies.
Registration is open for these upcoming courses:
N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian — 2.2 CEUs
Methodist Identity: Our Beliefs — 2 CEUs
Devotion to Jesus: The Divinity of Christ in Earliest Christianity — 2 CEUs
Learn more about the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies from BeADisciple now. https://beadisciple.com/wesley/

Support the Lewis Center
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Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor
Churches that receive a young pastor need to remember how lucky they are! Many congregations say they want a younger pastor, but few have the opportunity. Learn how you can support a young pastor with “To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-young-pastor/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Compassion makes no distinction between friends and enemies, neighbors and outsiders, compatriots and foreigners. Compassion is the gate to human community.” — Joan D. Chittister

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
>> Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth
Presented by Dr. Francis S. Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health
Is it possible to be a Christian and take science seriously? Must we choose between God and science? The nine lessons in this essential and inspiring course offer a positive alternative: a way to live in today’s world as scientifically informed. “Religion and Science” is ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more, watch preview clips, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/religion-science-pathways-truth/

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September 21, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

3 Leadership Shifts for the Current Reality
Olu Brown says that a new paradigm of leadership is required given the challenges of the present age. Church leaders need to shift the conversation from problems to promise, shift their outlook from church to community, and shift the momentum by believing that miracles can occur. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-leadership-shifts-for-the-current-reality/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “The Messy Art of Leading Change” featuring Mike Bonem
How can you lead effectively given the inherent messiness of congregational life? Leadership expert Mike Bonem speaks about the art of leading change, responding to those who resist change, and how leading well depends on having the courage to allow yourself to be changed. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/the-messy-art-of-leading-change-featuring-mike-bonem/

Why Excellence in Ministry Matters
Michael White and Tom Corcoran say excellence in ministry is essential to capturing the time and attention of your congregation and community. More importantly, it honors God, inspires people, builds trust, and rebuilds the church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/why-excellence-in-ministry-matters/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
We all have commitments, values, and responsibilities that we like to think we are upholding. Robin Diangelo suggests a question we may want to ask occasionally about these things we consider important: How do I know how I am doing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Learn to Protect, Sustain, and Grow Your Church’s Money for Ministry
“Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money” provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

FREE VIDEO
>> Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It
Learn how to encourage the spiritual gift of giving. This eight-minute video by Lewis Center Senior Consultant Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of the importance of congregational giving and ways you can improve it. Watch now. https://youtu.be/oaYECQp-f0w

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The leader must be prepared to admit that he or she does not have all the answers.” — Charles Handy

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

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September 14, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Ministering to Congregants Who Haven’t Returned Post-COVID-19
One in every three churchgoers has not returned to in-person worship services since the pandemic. Tricia K. Brown offers ideas for ministering to members of your congregation who have not yet returned to in-person worship. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/ministering-to-congregants-who-havent-returned-post-covid-19/

In-depth Interview with Rebekah Simon-Peter
>> Forging a New Path
When do things go back to normal? How do we get people (back) to church? How do we do more with less? Jessica Anschutz interviews Rebekah Simon-Peter, who calls us to the next normal as she explores what it means to invite people to church as spiritual community and to do more with less. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/forging-a-new-path-an-in-depth-interview-with-rebekah-simon-peter/

Developing New Leaders through Shared Leadership
How can shared leadership develop the next generation of leaders? Lee Kricher explores the importance of shared leadership when developing a pipeline of new leaders. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/developing-new-leaders-through-shared-leadership/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Adam Grant tells about Daryl Davis who played piano at many country music venues. Often, he was the only Black person present, and sometimes was among people with racial prejudice. When things got tense in those situations, Daryl used a question he first remembers using the first time he experienced overt racism. When he was 10 years old and marching in a Cub Scout parade, white spectators started throwing things at the kids. His question: How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Pandemic Worship Services Survey
>> How did your church handle worship services during the height of the coronavirus?
For an upcoming free webinar, we are collecting information about how the pandemic has affected worship services. In this brief survey, we would be grateful to you for sharing how your church fared during this time. Many thanks in advance for your participation! Take survey. https://forms.gle/5ohoSdVL4CUMCkXB6

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Tips for Motivating and Connecting with Volunteers
Strong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. “50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement” offers tips to help you lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-active-engagement/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders discover a more fruitful way of being in ministry together. The video tool kit provides practical strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Do the work that is nearest.” — Charles Kingsley

Video-based Adult Christian Study
>> Lead Your Small Groups on a Journey through the Psalms
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms with “Journey through the Psalms,” an eight-session video-based study that is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, “Journey Through the Psalms” invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. Learn more and watch a sample video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/

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September 7, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Moving Beyond a Congregational Identity Crisis
Asking “Who are we?” helps congregations gain clarity in the midst of an identity crisis. Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. offers three priorities for congregations to move forward. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/moving-beyond-a-congregational-identity-crisis/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “Finding Sanctuary: Ministries With Persons With Dementia and Their Caregivers” featuring Elizabeth Shulman
How can congregations support people with dementia and their caregivers? Elizabeth Shulman offers an organic three-part program to help congregations create ministries to meet the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/finding-sanctuary-ministries-with-persons-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers-featuring-elizabeth-shulman/

5 Good Questions to Assess Your Volunteer Teams
Are your ministry teams reaching their full potential? Dan Reiland shares five good questions for assessing the health and productivity of volunteer teams. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-good-questions-to-assess-your-volunteer-teams/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Church leaders are always considering how to best use their property and facilities. Dave Harder suggests questions to consider: Whom are our property and buildings for? What are the dreams of our neighbors? How could our building be an intersection of community and connection in our neighborhood?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Discover the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
Apply now for Leading the Church in a Post Pandemic Culture, a new Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership focus from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth in the post pandemic world. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Video-based Studies for Your Small Groups, Sunday School classes, and Bible studies
Video-based adult Christian studies from the Lewis Center encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection. Studies include Journey through the Psalms, Simply Christian, In God’s Time, Religion and Science, Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God, Be the Welcoming Church, Leading Like Nehemiah, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, and more. All studies may be used both in-person and online. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/

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Learn Strategies to Identify and Support New Volunteer Leaders
How can you best support and affirm existing leaders? Help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meetings matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read now, share, and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

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August 31, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Tips for Making Your Next Retreat a Real Retreat
Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff offers tips for planning relaxing, spiritually renewing retreats. Use these seven tips to ensure your next retreat is meaningful for all participants. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-tips-for-making-your-next-retreat-a-real-retreat/

In-depth Interview with Trey Hall
>> Evangelism Insights from The Methodist Church in Britain
What can we learn about congregational revitalization, Fresh Expressions, and evangelism from the Methodist Church in Britain? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Trey Hall, a Methodist pioneer, church planting strategist, and evangelist. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/evangelism-insights-from-the-methodist-church-in-britain-an-in-depth-interview-with-trey-hall/

Saying “Yes” to Clear Purpose Can Require Saying “No” to Long-Cherished Ministries
Jaye Johnson says a congregation that is clear about who it is must say “no” to ministries that are inconsistent with that purpose. While this can be painful, it is essential to releasing new energy for mission. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/saying-yes-to-clear-purpose-can-require-saying-no-to-long-cherished-ministries/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Peter Drucker liked to ask two questions he considered important and that even successful people often cannot answer. Do you know what you’re good at? Do you know what you need to learn so that you get the full benefit of your strengths?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 tips and strategies can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education/

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BOOK
>> Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results
By Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Tom Berlin
Communities need a vision of ministry that focuses on changing people’s lives. Absent that vision, ministry will fail. “Bearing Fruit” 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 and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/bearing-fruit-ministry-with-real-results/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The gospel of Jesus Christ is always at risk since it must invariably assume some cultural form in every time and place. Because of the limitations of all cultural forms, the variability of the gospel depends on its mobility of moving out of old forms into new ones.” — Peter J. Paris

Video-based Adult Christian Study
>> In God’s Time video-based adult Christian study
In this 10-session video-based adult study, Dr. Craig Hill makes eschatology —- the study of the “Last Things” — and the book of Revelation understandable to laypeople and experts alike. In God’s Time avoids the extremes of pulp fiction and high scholarly debate and instead opens up the entire Bible — encouraging Christians to take seriously the hope of God’s ultimate victory. Learn more and view a sample of the Session 1 video and Participant’s Guide. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/in-gods-time/

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August 24, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Does Your Church Truly Embrace Children or Merely Tolerate Them?
Sam Rainer says that families visiting your church know instinctively whether you sincerely welcome the presence of their children or just tolerate them. He outlines six perspectives and practices that signal to families that their children are truly valued, welcomed, and included. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/does-your-church-truly-embrace-children-or-merely-tolerate-them/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “Forging a New Path” featuring Rebekah Simon-Peter
When do things go back to normal? How do we get people (back) to church? How do we do more with less? In this episode Rebekah Simon-Peter calls us to the next normal as she explores what it means to invite people to church as spiritual community and to do more with less. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/forging-a-new-path-featuring-rebekah-simon-peter/

5 Ways to Encourage People to Increase Their Giving
Stewardship expert Rev. Charles Cloughen Jr. outlines five proven strategies to help people grow in giving and strive toward the tithe. Key factors include helping your givers see an increase as reasonable and doable by asking for a specific amount and leveraging the power of relationships through a personal ask and thank you. Read more now.  https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-ways-to-encourage-people-to-increase-their-giving/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches are normally aware of groups of people in their communities who are not present in their congregations. While churches wish their constituencies were more reflective of their communities, little may change. Roman Catholic priest Michael White suggests three questions that should help, once we identify those not present. What, specifically, are you going to do about it? Who is doing it? How are you keeping track of how well you’re doing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Optimize Your Church’s Annual Financial Campaign
Did you know that church members who pledge give 30 percent more than those who don’t pledge? And congregations that seek annual financial commitments have significantly higher levels of overall giving? With the “Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns” Video Tool Kit you will learn to reap the harvest of generosity through best practices to make your annual financial campaign more effective. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/optimizing-annual-financial-campaigns-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
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Learn Strategies to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Whether online or in person, the church should demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” to learn how. Read now, share, and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/

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50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now, share, and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

“Quotable” Leadership
“What is often called exceptional ability is nothing more than persistent endeavor.” — Pauli Murray

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
>> New cohort begins in May 2023
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

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August 17, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Know What Season You’re In
Michael White and Tom Corcoran say people in your community are influenced less by the liturgical season and more by cultural seasons that define the rhythms of their lives. Church leaders need to understand how the school calendar, recreational activities, major sporting events, and secular holidays shape church attendance and where people are emotionally and intellectually. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/know-what-season-youre-in/

In-depth Interview with Travis Norvell
>> Church on the Move
How can your church reorient its posture toward its neighbors and neighborhood? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center Staff interviews Minnesota Pastor Travis Norvell on his decision to conduct his ministry by bike, on foot, and on public transportation, and how it revealed new people, new partners, and new possibilities for ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/church-on-the-move/

Every Church is a Work in Progress
Is your church imperfect? Youth ministry expert Deech Kirk says “welcome to the club.” Successful church leaders need to accept that every church is a work in progress and that building healthy, sustainable, thriving ministries takes time, hard work, and patience. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/every-church-is-a-work-in-progress/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
For leaders to make a difference, they must have a passion for the cause they are leading. Rosabeth Moss Kanter suggests questions to see if you pass the “passion test” for the effort you seek to lead. Does the idea fit my long-held beliefs, values, and convictions? Do I think that this is vital for the future of people I care about? Do I get excited when I think about it and convey excitement when I talk about it? Am I convinced this can be accomplished?

Ensure Your Church’s Mission Hits the Mark
Vital congregations are increasingly committed to serving others through mission — but churches want to know whether their good intentions always yield good results. Through engaging videos and presentations, the “Doing Good Well” Video Tool Kit explores the fruitfulness of mission efforts and provides practical strategies to help ensure your mission hits the mark. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/doing-good-well-download/

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50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance
Worship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. Our free “50 Ways” tip sheet provides practical strategies to help you invite new people to attend worship; improve the attendance of current members; make your church visible and attractive; welcome worship guests warmly; and make worship accessible to newcomers. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-worship-attendance/

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BOOK
>> Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit
Worship attendance matters. In “Overflow,” authors Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin share research-based insights, tactical ideas, and practices that lead to increased attendance. They instruct church leaders on the importance of paying attention to factors critical to worship growth and demonstrate new approaches to worship planning. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/overflow-increase-worship-attendance-bear-more-fruit/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The leadership task is first one of drawing people together for mutual listening, discerning and experimenting — not fixing. If ever there was a time to experiment your way into a fresh contextual expression of the church, this is it.” — Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen

Video-based Adult Christian Study
>> Women Speak of God
From the earliest days of the church, women have spoken and written of their faith. This eight-session study introduces us to the voices of six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling, and who were able to attest to God’s living presence amidst their struggles. “Women Speak of God” is ideal for women and men in your congregation’s in-person and online small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes who want to grow in faith and see how God works in difficult times and places. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/women-speak-god/

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August 10, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Building Your Stewardship Team
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff says forming a lay-led stewardship team is key to a successful stewardship campaign and to fostering a culture of generosity within your church. She outlines the need, benefits, and implementation steps for creating such a group. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/building-your-stewardship-team/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “Evangelism Insights From The Methodist Church in Britain” featuring Trey Hall
What can we learn about congregational revitalization, Fresh Expressions, and evangelism from the Methodist Church in Britain? Trey Hall shares insights on these subjects drawing from his experience in the United States and Great Britain. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/evangelism-insights-from-the-methodist-church-in-britain-featuring-trey-hall/

Doing Planning Differently
What if you focused on making already-planned ministry events better rather than creating new events? Olu Brown offers three planning strategies for Doing Church Differently™ and returning to simplicity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/doing-planning-differently/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
John Perkins’s work in racial reconciliation and justice over a lifetime leads him to believe church leaders in white churches mistakenly believe that if people believe right, they will act right. He offers this question for consideration: How are you helping your church learn to love?
https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Optimize Your Church’s Annual Financial Campaign
Did you know that church members who pledge give 30 percent more than those who don’t pledge? And congregations that seek annual financial commitments have significantly higher levels of overall giving? With the “Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns” Video Tool Kit you will learn to reap the harvest of generosity through best practices to make your annual financial campaign more effective. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/optimizing-annual-financial-campaigns-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
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Connecting Generosity to Faith
What will it take to help church members practice what Robert Schnase calls “extravagant generosity”? In “To the Point: Connecting Generosity to Faith,” Wesley Theological Seminary President David McAllister-Wilson says we can ask three questions about how to take next steps to connect faith and generosity more effectively. Read now, share, and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-connecting-generosity-to-faith/

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FREE VIDEO
Why Community Engagement Matters
The most vital congregations always do two things: connect people with God and connect with their communities. Learn about the latter in this five-minute video as Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of the importance of community engagement to your church. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/CNm1O0nyYU0

“Quotable” Leadership
“Your job as a leader is to help your people fully realize their own capacity and power. The more trust you build, the more possible it is to practice this kind of leadership.” — Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
>> New cohort begins in May 2023
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

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August 3, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Hospitality and Stewardship Lessons from a Homecoming
How are visitors to your congregation greeted and welcomed? Ken Sloane outlines five lessons for extending hospitality and engaging new givers. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-hospitality-and-stewardship-lessons-from-a-homecoming/

In-depth Interview with Kenda Creasy Dean
>> What Makes Christian Social Innovation Christian?
How can church leaders approach innovation in ways that are consistent with their faith? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe interviews Kenda Creasy Dean, author of “Innovating for Love.” She says Christian social innovation focuses on people not problems and seeks to participate in God’s new thing rather than trying to get God to participate in ours. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-makes-christian-social-innovation-christian/

Getting Beyond Ministry Burnout and Tiredness
Tiredness and burnout in church leadership occurs primarily because leaders over-function, micromanage, or are placed in roles that do not use their God-given spiritual gifts. Jaye Johnson says the antidote is to reclaim the passion that comes when one leads out of one’s own unique giftedness. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/getting-beyond-ministry-burnout-and-tiredness/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Church leaders frequently encourage spiritual discernment for themselves and other individuals when faced with important decisions. Such discernment is also needed for congregations as they examine their circumstances and context through the eyes of their mission. One question suggested for such congregational discernment is:
Where is God drawing us as a community?
https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Engaging Local Schools Video Tool Kit
In these changing times, it’s more important than ever to consider a school-focused initiative. Schoolchildren, parents, and teachers across the country are in need of supplies, meals, tutoring, and support. The “Engaging Local Schools” Video Tool Kit guides your congregation in discerning a vision for a school partnership that responds to the needs present in your neighborhood and utilizes the unique gifts your church has to offer. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/engaging-local-schools-download/

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50 Ways to Welcome New People
Learn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time visitors. “50 Ways to Welcome New People” provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people/

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Video-based Adult Christian Study
>> Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God
Ideal for autumn, this popular seven-session video-based adult Christian study awakens our visceral knowing of the Creator through the creation, reconnects us with the sacred landscapes we call home, encourages us to provide space and time for spiritual reflection in nature, and helps us live in greater harmony with God’s earth. Learn more, watch a video preview, and see sample Study Guide pages now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nature-our-first-way-of-knowing-god/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Once they have earned the right to begin a major change process, effective leaders will build a supporting coalition and organize a careful and open process to plan and implement that change.” — David R. Brubaker

To the Point: Pastors Can Help the Wealthy Achieve Charitable Goals
Christopher F. Poch, author of “Managing Your Wealth: A Must-Read for Affluent Families,” shares tips that pastors can use to help the wealthy achieve their charitable goals. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-pastors-can-help-the-wealthy-achieve-goals/

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July 27, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

One Invitation Away from Returning
Are there folks in your church who got out of the habit of attending during the pandemic and haven’t returned yet? Rebekah Simon-Peter says that one sincere, guilt-free invitation might be all that is needed to get them back. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/one-invitation-away-from-returning/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “Church on the Move” featuring Travis Norvell
How can your church reorient its posture toward its neighbors and neighborhood? Minnesota Pastor Travis Norvell decided to conduct his ministry by bike, on foot, and on public transportation. He shares how this revealed new people, new partners, and new possibilities for ministry. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/church-on-the-go-featuring-travis-norvell/

6 Essential Elements of Fruitful Small Groups
What are the essential elements of a fruitful small group? Scott Hughes names and explains six elements that characterize effective small groups — prayer and scripture, Bible study, accountability, nurture and care, mission, and covenant. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-essential-elements-of-fruitful-small-groups/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
George Thompson offers these two questions to help your church stay attuned to changing circumstances:
What is beginning to change in your community? How are you responding?
https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Learn How to Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. “Taking Church to the Community” features engaging videos and presentations and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
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50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

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Leadership Study for Small Groups — Only $3.99
>> Changes Congregations Face
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, from finances to faith formation, the church is changing. This new leadership study explores these topics and more, along with discussion questions and action steps. “Changes Congregations Face” is an ideal conversation starter for your small groups, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. The 39-page document may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Only $3.99. Learn more and view a sample unit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/

“Quotable” Leadership
“I have always thought what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in being leaders as much as in developing leadership in others.” — Ella Baker

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
>> New cohort begins in May 2023
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

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July 20, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

What to Do When People Leave Your Church
Ron Edmondson writes that people leave churches for all kinds of reasons, but it’s still hard not to take it personally. He shares five tips to ease the pain of losing those in whom you’ve invested. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-to-do-when-people-leave-your-church/

In-depth Interview with Luke Edwards
>> Lessons from the Fresh Expressions Movement
What can we learn from the Fresh Expression movement’s novel approach to forming new faith communities? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews Luke Edwards, a church developer from Western North Carolina. He shares how a process that begins with listening and relationship building can lead to the formation of new, nontraditional worshipping communities among those unlikely to attend church on Sunday mornings. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/lessons-from-the-fresh-expressions-movement-in-depth-interview-with-luke-edwards/

How to Be Yourself in the Spotlight of Public Ministry
Sarah Bereza’s new book, “Professional Christian,” examines the question of what it means to be fully yourself in the spotlight of public ministry. She sets aside the popular concepts of authenticity and sincerity and focuses instead on preparation and mindfulness as ways we can be fully present and fully ourselves within the demands of real-time ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-to-be-yourself-in-the-spotlight-of-public-ministry/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Communication is one of the primary ways that people lead. Dianna Booher provides questions all leaders would do well to ask about their communication. Among them are:
Is your communication correct? Is your communication complete? Is your communication clear? Is your communication consistent?
https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Be the Welcoming Church
>> Best practices for building welcoming worship, church buildings, congregations, websites, and more
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable with “Be the Welcoming Church.” This study includes engaging videos and a Study and Discussion Guide providing scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure a group conversation. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in online or in-person adult classes and groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor
Churches that receive a young pastor need to remember how lucky they are! Many congregations say they want a younger pastor, but few have the opportunity. Learn how you can support a young pastor with “To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-young-pastor/

Support the Lewis Center
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Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
>> New cohort begins in May 2023
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Leadership is a reciprocal relationship between those who choose to lead and those who decide to follow.” — James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

E-BOOK
> Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults
How can your congregation reach young adults better? “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults,” a curated collection of “Leading Ideas” articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical e-book is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/

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July 13, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Understanding and Honoring Your Congregation’s Unique Culture
Roy Spore says every church has its own culture and a unique set of accumulated values. Productive leaders know how to identify these values and use them to drive decisions, inspire action, and move the congregation forward toward its vision. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/understanding-and-honoring-your-congregations-unique-culture/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
>> “What Makes Christian Social Innovation Christian?” featuring Kenda Creasy Dean
How can church leaders approach innovation in ways that are consistent with their faith? In this episode Kenda Creasy Dean says it starts by focusing on people and not problems, and by seeking to participate in God’s new thing rather than trying to get God to participate in ours. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/what-makes-christian-social-innovation-christian-featuring-kenda-creasy-dean/

5 Principles of Dramatic Improvisation Inform a Healthier Response to Conflict
David Woolverton explains how the key principles of dramatic improvisation can provide a helpful framework for responding to conflict and change in congregations. Engaging the creative edge of improvisation can produce an environment of substantive hope amid the chaos of a church conflict. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-principles-of-dramatic-improvisation-inform-a-healthier-response-to-conflict/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When Anne L. Bryant was executive director of the American Association of University Women, she used four questions to keep the organization focused on its mission as it considered new initiatives.
Is this needed? Is it credible for us to do? Do our members want it? What can we uniquely contribute?
https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
>> New cohort begins in May 2023
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Learn Strategies to Identify and Support New Volunteer Leaders
How can you best support and affirm existing leaders? Help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meetings matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity/

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The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
>> Moving, Pastor?
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

NEW FREE VIDEO
>> 15 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
Is your congregation getting ready for a new pastor? If yes, be sure to check out this new free video with tips from Robert Crossman on how to prepare to welcome your new pastor and how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/xBWc1gvItM8

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July 6, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Critical Steps in Deploying Your Vision
Discerning a new vision is only the first step toward congregational renewal and change. Olu Brown outlines four critical steps necessary to make that new vision come alive — convening a team, sharing a new narrative, asking questions, and not being afraid to fail. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-critical-steps-in-deploying-your-vision/

Why Making Your Church Multigenerational Is Worth the Effort
Chuck Lawless says it is hard to be a multigenerational church, but it is worth the effort. He outlines some of the benefits of multigenerational ministry as well as the obstacles that prevent many congregations from embodying this ideal. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/why-making-your-church-multigenerational-is-worth-the-effort/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Church leaders often feel they are having to navigate a culture radically different from that in which they grew up. Old ways no longer seem to work. James Harnish poses a question that we might do well to raise in our congregations.
What does it mean to be the body of Christ on this side of a cultural revolution?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Online Courses for Laity and Clergy
>> Registration is Open for Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies Courses from BeADisciple
The Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies — created in partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary — offers online courses and educational materials that are theologically rich and deep. Courses are appropriate for anyone, lay or clergy, and may be used to earn a certification in Advanced Christian Studies.
• Registration is open for these upcoming courses:
• Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth
• A Life Worthy of the Gospel
• Methodist Identity Part I: Our Story and Part II: Our Beliefs
• Simply Christian
• Devotion to Jesus: The Divinity of Christ in Earliest Christianity
Learn more about the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies from BeADisciple now. https://beadisciple.com/wesley/

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Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor
Single persons in ministry face a unique set of challenges around maintaining boundaries, privacy, and social connections, particularly if they serve in a congregation that has only been served in the past by married clergy. “To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor” describes how congregations and pastors can work together on the “tender balance” between being supportive and allowing privacy. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-single-pastor/

Support the Lewis Center
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FREE VIDEO
Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It
To help you reach new disciples, this free Lewis Center video by Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of why worship attendance is important and ways you can improve it. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/K5MzaQGe3Vo

“Quotable” Leadership
“The ability to withdraw and reorient oneself, if only for a moment, presumes that one has learned the art of systematic neglect, to sort out the more important from the less important….” — Robert Greenleaf

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
If a new pastor is in your congregation’s future, be sure to check out 50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor. This free resource shares tips and advice on saying goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and best practices for welcoming your new pastor. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor/

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June 29, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways to Expand the Reach of Small Groups
How can you prevent your small groups from becoming inwardly focused and impenetrable to newcomers? Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff outline four strategies to help groups maintain an outward focus and an invitational posture. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-expand-the-reach-of-small-groups/

In-depth Interview with Jee Hae Song
>> The Power of Storytelling in Ministry
How can storytelling impact your ministry? And how can you inspire others to share their stories? Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff interviews Jee Hae Song who says we all have gifts for storytelling. She shares part of her story to inspire others to share how God works in their lives. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-power-of-storytelling-in-ministry-an-in-depth-interview-with-jee-hae-song/

How to Know When You Need to Ask for Help
Is your cup empty? Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff writes that many church leaders feel drained by the demands of ministry in these challenging times. She says it’s important to recognize when you need help and outlines strategies to replenish your leadership capacity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-to-know-when-you-need-to-ask-for-help/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Leaders tell stories to help change take place. As they tell their change stories, leaders should keep in mind questions that are inevitably on their listeners’ minds.
Where are we going? Why is this change necessary? What specific steps will need to be taken? How can we make the change a success? What’s in it for us?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

PLAN NOW FOR FALL
>> Adult Christian Studies for Your Small Groups
Lewis Center video-based adult Christian studies encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection and are ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Studies include Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God, Changes Congregations Face, Journey through the Psalms, The Methodist Class Leader, In God’s Time, Simply Christian, Religion and Science, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Leading Like Nehemiah, and more. Learn more now and shop for fall. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 tips and strategies can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education/

Support the Lewis Center
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What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Nostalgia is a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.” — Brené Brown

FREE VIDEO
>> Engaging Young Adults
Engaging young adults in church, historically a challenge, is even more difficult today. So what should your congregation do? And not do? Learn ideas and strategies to improve ministry with younger people in your congregation and community in this brief video. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/sTJdQDcecxI

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June 22, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Youth Ministry by Any Other Name
Kenda Creasy Dean writes that today ministry with young people often means finding young people where they live and work and embedding the church beside them as they seek meaning, purpose, and belonging. She says that Christian social innovation, especially, has become an alternate context for ministry with young people. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/youth-ministry-by-any-other-name/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
“Lessons from the Fresh Expressions Movement” featuring Luke Edwards
What can we learn from the Fresh Expression movement’s novel approach to reaching people unlikely to attend church on Sunday mornings? In this episode Luke Edwards discusses a process of listening and relationship building that can lead to deepening discipleship and the formation of new, nontraditional worshipping communities. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/lessons-from-the-fresh-expressions-movement-featuring-luke-edwards/

Faith Leaders Are First Responders in Preventing Suicide
Anne Mathews-Younes writes that faith leaders and faith communities are in a unique position to prevent suicide. She shares information about how to recognize the warning signs for suicide, ask the suicide question, and get help for those who are at risk. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/faith-leaders-are-first-responders-in-preventing-suicide/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When your church establishes or changes a policy, these questions may help before implementing the new or revised policy.
What problem are we trying to solve? Will the policy create a more significant problem? Is the policy in any way discriminatory? Is the policy legal? Is the policy clear? Do we really need it?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
>> Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
For pastors, church staff, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, counters or tellers, bookkeepers, church secretaries, seminarians, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. Learn more, watch an introductory video, and enroll now. https://www.churchleadership.com/keeping-our-sacred-trust-assuring-financial-integrity/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
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50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth
How can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth/

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Video-based Adult Christian Study
Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God
This popular seven-session video-based adult Christian study recognizes our innate and embedded knowing of God in and through God’s creation nature. “Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God” includes videos, discussion questions and a suggested weekly spiritual practice in nature that can be done either individually or as a group. Learn more, watch a video preview, and see sample Study Guide pages now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nature-our-first-way-of-knowing-god/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Leaders can be both humble and highly competent when they acknowledge that God is the true source of the competency.” — Justin A. Irving and Mark L. Strauss

Online Summer 2022 Course for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for his online summer course from Wesley Theological Seminary, CM-137-OL Church Finances, from July 11-15. The course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Learn more and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

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June 15, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Stewardship Priorities for Incoming Pastors
What stewardship tasks require the attention of a pastor beginning ministry in a new congregational setting? Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Ann A. Michel of the Lewis Center Staff share a list of initial stewardship priorities for incoming pastors. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-stewardship-priorities-for-incoming-pastors/

In-depth Interview with Scott Thuma
The Pandemic’s Real Impact on Clergy and Congregations
How has the pandemic shaped the vitality and resiliency of congregations? Did it really prompt large numbers of pastors to leave ministry? Doug Powe, director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, interviews Scott Thumma, principal investigator for the Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations research project. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-pandemics-real-impact-on-clergy-and-congregations-an-in-depth-interview-with-scott-thumma/

Listening to Your Community
It’s easy to lose sight of the ways God is alive and at work in our communities without intentional efforts to know and understand our neighbors. Paul Nixon describes three strategies for reconnecting with the pulse of your community. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/listening-to-your-community/

The Right Question
> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Pastor G. Travis Norvell encourages churches to “draw your parish” as a way of understanding better the community your church serves. After thinking of the boundaries that make sense for your parish, he suggests you ask these questions:
Who calls it home? What brings joy to those who call it home? What causes pain in the parish? Where is God already at work in your parish?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

FREE VIDEO AND DOWNLOADS
Planned Giving: What Every Church Can and Should Do
Learn simple steps that any church can take to encourage legacy giving. Includes links to the free downloads “26 Things Churches and Pastors Can Do to Encourage Bequests” and “Sample Messages for Your Church.” Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/W70zUQGK89E

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Online Summer 2022 Course for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for his online summer course from Wesley Theological Seminary, CM-137-OL Church Finances, from July 11-15. The course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Learn more and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

“Quotable” Leadership
“If an organization is falling behind, it needs to change its tactics, change its pace, or change the players.” — Thomas W. Malnight and Ivy Buche

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
We can no longer simply open the church doors and expect that new people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. Learn tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community/

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June 8, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Four Incarnational Benefits of Bivocational Ministry
Steven Van Ostran challenges the common perception that bivocational ministers are second-class or somehow “less than” those serving full time. He names four specific ways bivocational ministry can make the church more present to the community, more relevant, and more prophetic. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/four-incarnational-benefits-of-bivocational-ministry/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
“The Power of Storytelling in Ministry” featuring Jee Hae Song
How can storytelling impact your ministry? And how can you inspire others to share their stories? Jee Hae Song believes we all have gifts for storytelling. In this episode she shares part of her story to inspire others to share how God works in their lives. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/the-power-of-storytelling-in-ministry-featuring-jee-hae-song/

A Simple Approach to Creating a Culture of Accountability for Ministry Leaders
Kelly Brown says that creating a culture of accountability can be simple. SIMPLE is an acronym for remembering these six key principles: setting expectations, inviting commitment, measuring progress, providing feedback, linking consequences, and evaluating effectiveness. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/a-simple-approach-to-creating-a-culture-of-accountability-for-ministry-leaders/

The Right Question
> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Howard Guttman uses the idea of “self-coaching” to describe how leaders can help themselves grow. Questions he suggests include:
Am I able, ready, and willing to change my behavior permanently? Who are the people who can provide me with insight about my behavior and with support, and who will be honest with me? What’s the message that these people are giving me? What actions am I going to take?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

LPLI Helps Good Church Leaders Become Better Church Leaders
> LPLI Pastor Version | LPLI Staff Version
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI users receive a personalized leadership profile report that can be used for self-discovery, discussing their results with others, setting goals for improvement, and tracking progress over time. Learn more about LPLI. https://lpli.org/

Watch. Learn. Lead.
Subscribe to the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

Can Church Leaders Help Reframe the Gun Debate?
Lovett H. Weems Jr. says that church leaders can make a difference on issues of extreme political polarization such as guns, if they put themselves in the role of interpreter, reframer, questioner, and fellow seeker. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/can-church-leaders-help-reframe-the-gun-debate/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Online Summer 2022 Course for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for his online summer course from Wesley Theological Seminary, CM-137-OL Church Finances, from July 11-15. The course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Learn more and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.” — Adam Grant

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

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June 1, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Christian Social Innovation Starts with Who, Not Why or How
Churches do their best innovating when they focus less on “great ideas” or attempting to “fix the church” and more on the needs and longings of the people in their communities. Kenda Creasy Dean reminds us that love is the relentless driver of Christian social innovation. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/christian-social-innovation-starts-with-who-not-why-or-how/

In-depth Interview with Dave Barnhart
Church Comes Home
The pandemic taught us that church happens in powerful and meaningful ways outside our buildings. Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews Dave Barnhart, author of “Church Comes Home,” on how small, home-centered worshiping communities can connect with people who may never cross the threshold of your church building. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/church-comes-home-interview/

Learning to Underreact
Overreacting to the criticism and complaints that are an inevitable part of ministry leadership only ups the emotional ante. Dan Hotchkiss says learning to underreact is a critical skill for every church leader and offers three tips for turning down the temperature. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/learning-to-underreact/

The Right Question
> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When an event or ministry seems to have lost its vitality and becomes harder each year to implement successfully, it may be time to ask these questions.
What need brought it into existence? What was its purpose when it began? Does that need still exist? If so, do the results from what we are currently doing indicate we are meeting the need well?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
> Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off guard when it does.
Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more, watch an introductory video, and enroll now. https://www.churchleadership.com/keeping-our-sacred-trust-assuring-financial-integrity/

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FREE VIDEO
Why Look to Nehemiah for Lessons on Leadership?
In this video, explore how Nehemiah understood his leadership as a calling from God, how he grounded his action in prayer, and how everything he did came from the belief that he was doing God’s will. Watch now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/W70zUQGK89E

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Online Summer 2022 Course for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for his online summer course from Wesley Theological Seminary, CM-137-OL Church Finances, from July 11-15. The course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Learn more and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

“Quotable” Leadership
“I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things.” — Mary Oliver

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

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May 25, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

The Resilient Small Church
We often think of large churches as strong and small churches as weak. But Lovett H. Weems Jr. shares a powerful example of how size does not always bring resilience in the face of adversity. He explains how in some circumstances smaller churches can be less vulnerable and fragile than larger ones. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-resilient-small-church/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
“The Pandemic’s Real Impact on Clergy and Congregations” featuring Scott Thumma
The pandemic taught us that church happens in powerful and meaningful ways outside our buildings. Dave Barnhart describes how small, home-centered worshiping communities can connect with people who may never cross the threshold of your church. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/the-pandemics-real-impact-on-clergy-and-congregations-featuring-scott-thumma/

How Perfectionism Gets in the Way of Ministry
Does perfectionism keep you from leading in the most impactful way? Margaret Marcuson describes the nature and origin of perfectionistic tendencies, how they can limit our ministry objectives, and simple strategies for learning to let go. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-perfectionism-gets-in-the-way-of-ministry/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
One way to get a reading on what others see as your capabilities is suggested by Andy Stanley. He encourages leaders to ask a few people who know you and your work well, “If I came to work for you … where would you deploy me because you think I could make the greatest contribution there?” and “what area or areas would you see that I avoid?”
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

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5 Indices of Health and Vitality for Small to Mid-Sized Congregations
Small church expert Dr. Lew Parks describes five indices of health and vitality for small to mid-sized congregations that contribute to “dynamic equilibrium.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-new-way-view-small-church-vitality/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
If a new pastor is in your congregation’s future, be sure to check out “50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor.” This free resource shares tips and advice on saying goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and best practices for welcoming your new pastor. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Infrequent church attendees haven’t left your church. They just haven’t been lately.” — Carey Nieuwhof

Online Summer 2022 Course for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for his online summer course from Wesley Theological Seminary, CM-137-OL Church Finances, from July 11-15. The course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Learn more and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

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May 18, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Audiences for Digital Engagement
Jessica L. Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff shares how congregations can begin to reach four groups of people through ministry on digital platforms. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-audiences-for-digital-engagement/

In-depth Interview with Olu Brown
Normalizing Next
How can church leaders embrace rather than fear the future? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe interviews Olu Brown on how leaders can “normalize next” and begin living their future now by engaging innovative thinking, creative partnerships, and hybrid strategies to fulfill their mission. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/normalizing-next/

7 Ways to Reengage Volunteers
Whether it’s due to post-pandemic fatigue, lingering health concerns, or broader cultural shifts, volunteerism hasn’t bounced back as readily as other aspects of congregational life. Susan Beaumont outlines seven ways to revitalize volunteer engagement. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-ways-to-reengage-volunteers/

The Right Question
>> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Instead of responding to ideas by noting weaknesses, Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, discovered that asking probing questions often led to constructive dialogue rather than defensiveness. One such question she used was: Help me understand how this comes together?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Learn to Increase Active Engagement in Your Church
What can you do when 20% of your congregation does 80% of the serving, learning, and leading? The “Increasing Active Engagement” Tool Kit includes videos, narrated presentations, outlines of key points, and supplementary materials to help you get and keep people involved and engaged. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/increasing-active-engagement-download/

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Tips for Motivating and Connecting with Volunteers
Strong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. “50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement” offers tips to help you lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-active-engagement/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Online Summer 2022 Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits.
> CM-142-OL Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 6–10) with Dr. Michel.
> CM-137-OL Church Finances (July 11–15) with Dr. Weems.
Learn more about these courses and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

“Quotable” Leadership
“An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all.” — Dorothy Day

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
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May 11, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Creatively Engaging Your Community While Remaining True to Who You Are
Vital churches find new and creative ways to engage their neighbors. But that doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning the best of what your church has always been. Paul Nixon explains how churches can adapt their strengths to engage their neighbors in authentic ways. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/creatively-engaging-your-community-while-remaining-true-to-who-you-are/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
“Church Comes Home” featuring Dave Barnhart
The pandemic taught us that church happens in powerful and meaningful ways outside our buildings. Dave Barnhart describes how small, home-centered worshiping communities can connect with people who may never cross the threshold of your church. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/church-comes-home-featuring-dave-barnhart/

Telling Your Faith Story
Sharing faith stories nurtures an awareness of how God is working among us. Harold Percy outlines two simple approaches to sharing faith stories that can encourage people to consider and share how faith has shaped their lives. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/telling-your-faith-story/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Luke Edwards offers questions church leaders can use when they seek to “listen” to their communities and better understand their context and neighbors.
* What do my neighbors care about?
* Where do my neighbors gather?
* What burdens do my neighbors carry?
* Who in my community is disconnected from church in its current form?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Learn to Welcome and Engage Newcomers in New Ways
Learn concepts and strategies to welcome and respond to your first-time and repeat visitors, reach younger generations, expand your church’s entry points, and get new people involved. “The New Welcome” Video Tool Kit helps you open your church to new people by acknowledging the changing ways that people enter into the life of congregations. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-new-welcome-download/

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Unclutter Your Church Now
Revitalizing congregations must strip away some of the vestiges of the past to make space for the new amidst decades of physical and emotional clutter. “To the Point: Unclutter Your Church Now” helps congregations unshackle from the weight of clutter and disorganization. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-unclutter-your-church/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Online Summer 2022 Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits.
* CM-142-OL Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 6–10) with Dr. Michel. In this course you will explore the biblical and theological basis for healthy congregational stewardship and a survey of best practices for cultivating generosity.
* CM-137-OL Church Finances (July 11–15) with Dr. Weems. In this course you will explore building and funding congregational budgets, accurate tracking of giving, increasing methods of giving and streams of income, and proper financial administration of funds, examining all from both a theological perspective and from best practices of financial transparency and accountability.
Learn more about these courses and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The fastest and simplest way to become an innovator is to get good at looking at things as they are, and then turning that idea upside down.” — Dan Roam

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
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May 4, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Religious Participation?
Amy Kubichek of the Lewis Center staff shares Pew Research Center findings on how COVID-19 has impacted religious participation. As of March 2022, 90% of congregations had resumed in-person worship services, but only two-thirds of those who typically worship at least once a month have attended in person. Twenty-one percent are worshiping only online or on TV, and half of those who have attended in person are also worshiping digitally. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-has-covid-19-impacted-religious-participation/

In-depth Interview with Tony Morgan
Positioning Your Church for Growth in a New Season of Ministry
How can your church reach new people in today’s evolving ministry context? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews Tony Morgan, chief strategist for The Unstuck Group about trends, perspectives, and strategies drawn from his work with scores of congregations across the country and abroad. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/positioning-your-church-for-growth-in-a-new-season-of-ministry/

Fruitful Meetings Are About the Right Questions
Blake Bradford describes how framing meeting agendas around critical questions promotes engagement, innovation, and discernment. Excellent questions focus the power of the group’s gathered wisdom, rather than expecting the group to rubber stamp preformulated plans and solutions. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/fruitful-meetings-are-about-the-right-questions/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Is your ministry changing to fulfill your mission in the new circumstances most churches face today? These questions might help determine if you truly have changed.
* Have our metrics changed?
* Do we count different things now?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Online Summer 2022 Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits.
* CM-142-OL Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 6–10) with Dr. Michel. In this course you will explore the biblical and theological basis for healthy congregational stewardship and a survey of best practices for cultivating generosity.
* CM-137-OL Church Finances (July 11–15) with Dr. Weems. In this course you will explore building and funding congregational budgets, accurate tracking of giving, increasing methods of giving and streams of income, and proper financial administration of funds, examining all from both a theological perspective and from best practices of financial transparency and accountability.
Learn more about these courses and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

Watch us on YouTube!
Subscribe to the LewisLeadership YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

50 Ways to Welcome New People
Learn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time visitors. “50 Ways to Welcome New People” provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Instead of shutting out what is different, we should welcome it because it is different and through its difference will make a richer content of life.” — Mary Parker Follett, 1868-1933

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
Includes information on “Making Meetings Matter”
“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders discover a more fruitful way of being in ministry together. The video tool kit provides practical strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
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April 27, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Evangelism: A Witness to Love Not a Dirty Word
Our understanding and practice of evangelism are too often captive to stereotypes and false perceptions. Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. says we can redeem evangelism by moving beyond evangelism as marketing or manipulation to reclaim a Jesus-inspired vision of evangelism: witnessing to God’s transforming love in authentic ways. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/evangelism-a-witness-to-love-not-a-dirty-word/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast
100th Episode!
“Normalizing Next” featuring Olu Brown
How can church leaders embrace rather that fear the future? Olu Brown shares how leaders can “normalize next” and begin living their future now by engaging innovative thinking, creative partnerships, and hybrid strategies to fulfill their mission. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/normalizing-next-featuring-olu-brown/

5 Signs You’re Doing Online Ministry Right
Successful online ministry requires a new mindset and different metrics. Carey Nieuwhof outlines five signs indicating that your online ministry is connecting with people and helping them grow in faith, rather than just advertising what happens in your building. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-signs-youre-doing-online-ministry-right/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Often the questions used to solicit feedback regarding worship services or other ministries are too general to provide useful information. Using a “one thing” question can usually address that problem. For example, this question was added to a survey used with first-time guests:
* What’s one thing that would have made the service better for you?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Online Summer 2022 Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each course is 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits.
CM-142-OL Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 6–10) with Dr. Michel. In this course you will explore the biblical and theological basis for healthy congregational stewardship and a survey of best practices for cultivating generosity.
CM-137-OL Church Finances (July 11–15) with Dr. Weems. In this course you will explore building and funding congregational budgets, accurate tracking of giving, increasing methods of giving and streams of income, and proper financial administration of funds, examining all from both a theological perspective and from best practices of financial transparency and accountability.
Learn more about these courses and register for academic or CEU credit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/wesley-theological-seminary-summer-2022-courses-from-lewis-center-staff-members/

Watch us on YouTube!
Subscribe to the LewisLeadership YouTube channel for video podcast episodes, leadership strategies and tips, free video resources, and much more. Explore the channel now. https://www.youtube.com/lewisleadership

FREE VIDEO
Hybrid Evangelism: The New Reality for Congregations
Even before the pandemic, reaching new people has long been a struggle for many congregations. Learn how to forge meaningful connections both in-person and online as Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Jessica Anschutz share ways to maximize your congregation’s potential for engaging hybrid evangelism. Watch now on the Lewis Center’s YouTube channel. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/hybrid-evangelism-the-new-reality-for-congregations-2/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Presented by Biblical Scholar N. T. Wright
This 10-session study addresses questions of the reasonableness of the Christian faith in the modern world. “Simply Christian” is an excellent course for both established believers and seekers and is ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Watch a sample video and learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/simply-christian/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Even the most well-crafted efforts at inclusion can rarely prevent the experience of loss by some. As a result, one often cannot shield oneself from the outrage of those parties who must face loss and are unwilling to change.” — Ronald Heifetz

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


April 20, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Making Your Ministry Present in Its Physical Space
Does your church building express your congregation’s values and invite others to explore what you do? Does it communicate the gospel? Travis Norvell explains how your church’s physical presence in the neighborhood is a tool for communicating its mission and identity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/making-your-ministry-present-in-its-physical-space/

In-depth Interview with Jordana Wright
Building Vibrant Community Connections in Digital and Physical Spaces
How can your congregation connect with new people in both physical and digital spaces? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Jordana Wright on strategies for transforming congregations into vibrant community hubs. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/building-vibrant-community-connections-in-digital-and-physical-spaces/

4 Key Lessons for Vital Small Church Ministry
David Gilmore says the size of a congregation need not be a determining factor in its ability to connect with its neighbors. Small congregations who are intentional about finding their niche, empowering laity, focusing outward, and collaborating can be just as vital as larger congregations. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-key-lessons-for-vital-small-church-ministry/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Alicia Garza, co-organizer of Black Lives Matter, uses a different approach in countering stereotypical comments associated with certain racial or ethnic groups, such as how many people live in the same house or seeing working age adults standing around during the workday. She responds with questions such as:
* I’ve seen that too. What do you think it’s like to live in a house with so many people? or
* I saw that too. Why are so many Black people, particularly Black men, unemployed?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions
Pastors moving from one church to the next need to focus on how they can effectively conclude their ministry in the church they are leaving, paving the way for their successor, and on how they can get off to a good start in their next church. “50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions” offers tips, strategies, and best practices for these transitions. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-improve-pastoral-transitions-2/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
Studies for Your Small Groups and Sunday School Classes
Bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your congregation’s in-person and online small groups and classes with studies from the Lewis Center. Our video-based curriculum encourages energetic discussion and personal reflection on a number of subjects. Studies include: Journey through the Psalms, In God’s Time, Simply Christian, Religion and Science, Nature: Our First Way Of Knowing God, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Leading Like Nehemiah, and more. Learn more, watch sample videos, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Every human partnership is based not on equality of gifts but on a relationship of mutual trust that allows each to find her or his own best forms of service and affirms this in others.” — Letty Russell

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


April 13, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Resurrection as a Call to Action
Many congregations that haven’t celebrated Easter in person since 2019 are relishing the joy of returning to the comforts of pre-pandemic church life. But Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff says we can’t allow our Easter celebrations to divert attention from the challenge of renewing the church. Drawing on the biblical narrative, she writes that Easter is not an end point but rather a call to action. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/resurrection-as-a-call-to-action/

Ten Traits of Jesus as Transformational Leader
When studying the subject of transformational leadership, we should take a look at our own leader, Christ Jesus. He is the one who can best speak to the issue of leadership. Here are ten traits of Jesus, the transformational leader. As you read over the descriptions, take time to assess your own life and activity as a leader. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/ten-traits-of-jesus-as-transformational-leader/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
A church that would normally extend a warm welcome to a new couple or family learned that a single, young adult had visited several times without anyone greeting or welcoming him. People did not seem to “know what to do” with a visitor who was different from their expectations.
* What assumptions or hidden biases may be limiting your church’s mission?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Good Friday Holiday
Lewis Center offices will be closed on April 15 in observance of Good Friday.
From all of us at the Lewis Center, best wishes for a joyful Easter! May you experience the power of Christ’s resurrection anew this season.

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth
How can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Try to take each day and each task as they come, breaking them down into manageable pieces for action while struggling to see the whole. And don’t think you have to ‘win’ immediately or even at all to make a difference.” — Marian Wright Edelman

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


April 6, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

As Memory Fades, Ministry Grows: Ministry Alongside Persons with Dementia
Jessica L. Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff shares ideas for pastoral care and spiritual support for persons with dementia and their caregivers. As the number of dementia diagnoses grows, congregations have an opportunity to serve their community in meaningful ways. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/as-memory-fades-ministry-grows-ministry-alongside-persons-with-dementia/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 99
“Positioning Your Church for Growth in a New Season of Ministry” featuring Tony Morgan
How can your church reach new people in today’s evolving ministry context? Tony Morgan shares trends, perspectives, and strategies drawn from his work with scores of congregations across the country and abroad. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/positioning-your-church-for-growth-in-a-new-season-of-ministry-featuring-tony-morgan/

4 Critical Areas of Support for Virtual Worship
Olu Brown says virtual church has a specific set of needs whether it is part of a hybrid worship or a stand-alone worship service for streaming only. He outlines four core areas critical to formulating a successful virtual worship experience — team, technology, planning, and hospitality. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-critical-areas-of-support-for-virtual-worship/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Some churches today recognize that they must move to the next chapter in their history since as good as the past chapter has been, it no longer fits today’s context. In such situations, wise advice for leaders is captured in this simple question:
* How do you communicate your new identity while respecting your past one?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Be the Welcoming Church
Best practices for building welcoming worship, church buildings, congregations, websites, and more
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable with “Be the Welcoming Church.” This study includes engaging videos and a Study and Discussion Guide providing scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure a group conversation. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in online or in-person adult classes and groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

FREE VIDEO
Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship
Learn how to take your leadership of digital worship to the next level. In this free resource the Lewis Center’s Tim Snyder explores key guiding questions that should drive digital worship design and shares case studies from the Religious Workforce Project (a research project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.). Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/participation-presence-leading-meaningful-digital-worship-webinar-video/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

More Churches are Returning to Normal Operations, but In-person Attendance is Unchanged since Fall
As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and pandemic restrictions are eased across the U.S., churches increasingly are holding services the way they did before the outbreak began, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. But there has not been a corresponding rise over the past six months in the share of Americans who are attending in-person services. Read more now. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2022/03/22/more-houses-of-worship-are-returning-to-normal-operations-but-in-person-attendance-is-unchanged-since-fall/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Our tendency is to believe that the present is better than the past and that the future should look about like the present.” — Scott Cormode

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


March 30, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Why Limit the Celebration of Easter to Just One Sunday?
David Manner says that many churches attract new attendees with the lure of Easter but then quickly leave the subject. He asks, if Easter really is the foundation of our faith, why do we limit its celebration to just one Sunday? Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/why-limit-the-celebration-of-easter-to-just-one-sunday/

In-depth Interview with Sheila Beckford
Anti-Racism 4 Reals
How can church leaders counter racism in real time? Jessica Anschutz interviews Sheila Beckford about strategies for equipping church leaders to do the hard work of anti-racism to bring about real change. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/anti-racism-4-reals/

Key Considerations When Leasing Building Space to Outside Groups
Domenic Dutra says not every potential lessee makes a good partner. He lists critical questions and consideration for any congregation considering renting space in their building that promote a fruitful relationship. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/key-considerations-when-leasing-building-space-to-outside-groups/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Luke Edwards offers questions church leaders can use when they seek to “listen” to their communities and better understand their context and neighbors.
* What do my neighbors care about?
* Where do my neighbors gather?
* What burdens do my neighbors carry?
* Who in my community is disconnected from church in its current form?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
If a new pastor is in your congregation’s future, be sure to check out “50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor.” This free resource shares tips and advice on saying goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and best practices for welcoming your new pastor. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth
Presented by Dr. Francis S. Collins, former Director of the National Institutes of Health
Is it possible to be a Christian and take science seriously? Must we choose between God and science? The nine lessons in this essential and inspiring course offer a positive alternative: a way to live in today’s world as scientifically informed. “Religion and Science” is ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more, watch preview clips, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/religion-science-pathways-truth/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The relationship between faith and political engagement is far more nuanced than taking a stand on just one or two contentious issues. People of faith have a duty to examine all aspects of public life, particularly those affecting the marginalized.” — LaShawn Warren

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


March 23, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Change and the Small Church
Roy L. Spore believes that decline and death are not inevitable for smaller rural churches. While smaller churches are often skeptical of change imposed from the outside, many find new life and energy for ministry when a new vision emerges from with the congregation itself. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/change-and-the-small-church/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 98
“Building Vibrant Community Connections in Digital and Physical Spaces” featuring Jordana Wright
How can your congregation connect with new people in both physical and digital spaces? Jordana Wright shares creative strategies for transforming congregations into vibrant community hubs. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/building-vibrant-community-connections-in-digital-and-physical-spaces-featuring-jordana-wright/

Keeping Your Meetings from Getting Stuck in the Weeds
Blake Bradford outlines strategies to make sure your meetings stay focused and productive. They include practicing mutual accountability, managing time carefully, and having a clear decision-making process for each agenda item. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/keeping-your-meetings-from-getting-stuck-in-the-weeds/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
“For God so loved the world” begins a treasured passage of scripture. Churches need to remember that they exist to serve that same world to which God sent Jesus Christ. A question that helps us remember this is:
* What is different in the world because of our work?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. “Taking Church to the Community” features engaging videos and presentations and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church
How can a small congregation engage the community in a significant way? With the right approach, a small church can make a big impact in the world through partnerships, creative use of resources, and a focus on relational ministry. Read “To the Point: Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church” to learn how. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-community-ministry-small-church/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

FREE VIDEO
Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It
To help you reach new disciples, this free Lewis Center video by Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of why worship attendance is important and ways you can improve it. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-worship-attendance-matters-and-clues-for-improving-it/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Good leaders bring different people with different knowledge and gifts together for joint performance, and they do so in a way that draws out the strengths of people while rendering the weaknesses as irrelevant as possible.” — Larry Rasmussen

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


March 16, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

How a Creative, Justice-Oriented Stations of the Cross Called a Community to Action
Jessica L. Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff reports on one congregation’s unique approach to sharing the Stations of the Cross and the Stations of the Resurrection with its community and beyond. This creative, lay-led effort offers an example of sharing the Good News in visible, justice-oriented ways. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-a-creative-justice-oriented-stations-of-the-cross-called-a-community-to-action/

In-depth Interview with Brian Brown
Understanding Conflict
How can leaders respond to conflict in healthier, more productive ways? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Brian Brown on perspectives and practices that can help keep conflict from diverting too much energy from our churches. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/understanding-conflict/

4 Keys to Moving from Online Worship to Online Ministry
Nicole Reilley says posting worship services online is just the first step in developing a holistic online ministry. She enumerates four keys to developing a digital ministry that engages people and moves them toward Christ and his church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-keys-to-moving-from-online-worship-to-online-ministry/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Portal ministries are those through which many new people enter your church. These entry points change over time. Dan Pezet suggests we ask these questions:
* What ministries have served as portal ministries for your church?
* How effective are they at connecting new people to your church today?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

LPLI Staff Version Provides Better Feedback for Staff Development
For Christian Educators, Program Directors, Youth Directors, Children’s Ministry Directors, Church Administrators, Music Directors, Mission Coordinators, and more
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI Staff Version provides better feedback for staff development and includes a free guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” designed to lead a staff member through a process of analyzing their results, discussing their results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve their effectiveness. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Even as our church buildings reopen and the season of Advent approaches, we find that we can no longer simply open the doors and expect that new people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. “50 Ways to Take Church to the Community” provides tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

“Quotable” Leadership
“To care about climate change, you only need to be one thing, and that’s a person living on planet Earth who wants a better future. Chances are, you’re already that person — and so is everyone else you know.” — Katherine Hayhoe, climate scientist

FREE VIDEO
Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It
To help you reach new disciples, this free Lewis Center video by Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of why worship attendance is important and ways you can improve it. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-worship-attendance-matters-and-clues-for-improving-it/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


March 9, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Thanking God It’s Good Friday: Intergenerational Children’s Ministry
Jessica L. Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff reports on an intergenerational ministry that teaches children about the significance of Holy Week and Easter. She shares insights for how congregations might launch a similar effort to educate children and reach new people. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/thanking-god-its-good-friday-intergenerational-childrens-ministry/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 97
“Anti-Racism 4 Reals” featuring Sheila Beckford
How can church leaders strive to be anti-racist? We speak with Sheila Beckford about strategies for equipping church leaders to do the hard work of anti-racism in order to work toward real change. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/97-anti-racism-4-reals-sheila-beckford/

How One-to-One Conversations Reintroduced a Church to its Neighbors
Travis Norvell, pastor of Judson Church in Minneapolis, describes the blessing and insight that flowed from his decision to schedule 110 one-on-one conversations with neighbors and community leaders. The result was ministry more focused on what people actually need and want instead of what the church thinks they need and want. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-one-to-one-conversations-reintroduced-a-church-to-its-neighbors/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In the secular workplace, “derailment” is a term often used in relation to new leaders who do not work out. There are some common characteristics associated with those who derail. Here are a few questions to help assess if someone may be a candidate for derailment.
* Are you always right and everyone else is wrong?
* Do I grab the center of attention?
* Do I let my mood swings affect my leadership?
* Do I focus on negatives?
* Do I get little things right but the big things wrong?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does. Protect your congregation with “Assuring Financial Integrity.” This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Free Webinar Video
Giving Strategies for the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Learn new perspectives and practices for funding ministry in an increasing challenging environment. In this video Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel, authors of Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance, explore key changes in the landscape of congregational giving and new possibilities for enhancing generosity in the 21st century. Watch now. https://youtu.be/3hGW9W-21mA

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Christian Study
Lead Your Small Groups on a Journey through the Psalms
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms with “Journey through the Psalms,” an eight-session video-based study that is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, “Journey Through the Psalms” invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. Learn more and watch a sample video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Historical atrocities can never be fully repaired—and the past has a habit of catching up with anyone who ignores or tries to outpace it.” — Sarah Federman

Easter Resources
For great ideas on celebrating Easter in your church, check out our archives of Leading Ideas articles on the subject. Explore the archives now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/lenteaster/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


March 2, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

6 Touchstones of Financial Integrity for Churches
Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Ann A. Michel of the Lewis Center explain the importance of systems that guard against financial impropriety. They outline six major touchstones that maintain sacred trust by creating an atmosphere of trust and transparency in stewarding a church’s financial resources. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-touchstones-of-financial-integrity-for-churches/

In-depth Interview with Tyler Sit
Centering Marginalized Voices to Lead Change
What practices can help church leaders learn from failures and address conflict in ways that lead to fruitful ministry? The Lewis Center’s Jessica Anschutz interviews Tyler Sit about centering marginalized voices, meeting the needs of the community, managing conflict, and other leadership lessons he has learned as a church planter. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/centering-marginalized-voices-to-lead-change/

Leading through Conflict
David Woolverton says there are two types of church conflict — conflict that destroys teams, ministries, and congregational vibrancy and conflict that cultivates growth by driving toward a transformative end. The key variable is a leader who sees their leadership role as not merely resolving the conflict but rather developing healthier ways for the congregation to carry out its mission. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leading-through-conflict/

The Right Question
> “Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Pastor Kevin Murriel suggests two questions that he finds helpful when people want to have open conversations about race.
* Where did I first learn about race?
* Who influences my perspective on race today?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

New Online Course
Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity
> Learn practices to prevent fraud and financial misconduct in your church.
Though one in 10 Protestant churches experiences some type of embezzlement, most leaders assume that fraud will never occur in their church. And they are caught off-guard when it does.

Protect your congregation with Assuring Financial Integrity. This new online course from the Keeping Our Sacred Trust ethics training series explores issues of maintaining financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings. “Assuring Financial Integrity” is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, treasurers, counters or tellers, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. Learn more and watch an introductory video. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/CourseInfo/10007

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Learn Strategies to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Whether online or in person, the church should demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” to learn how. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Christian Study
Serious Answers to Hard Questions
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Topics include the existence of evil, the relationship between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more. “Serious Questions to Hard Answers” is an outstanding introductory-level study that appeals to a very wide audience and is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and watch sample video clips now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions/

“Quotable” Leadership
“So convinced God lived in the boxes I’d constructed, I failed to look for God in God’s favorite place: the margins.” — Rachel Held Evans

BOOK
Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance
By Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel
Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Ann A. Michel present the Bible’s redeeming and transforming message of generosity, stewardship, and abundance in this comprehensive guide to Christian financial responsibility. The book provides practical advice to pastors and church leaders tasked with funding ministry and inspiring others toward responsible stewardship and greater generosity. It addresses church fundraising, stewardship campaigns, budgets, financing capital needs, endowments, and innovative approaches to economic sustainability. “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance” integrates the theological and practical dimensions of finance to empower congregational leaders to think critically about stewardship from a Christian perspective, helping them use their personal and congregational possessions in the light of faith. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/generosity-stewardship-and-abundance-a-transformational-guide-to-church-finance/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


February 23, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

How to Get People to Follow You When the Way Is Uncertain
How do we lead in a time of chaos, confusion, division, and uncertainty? Carey Nieuwhof suggests five practices that can help leaders maintain focus and influence. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-to-get-people-to-follow-you-when-the-way-is-uncertain/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 96
“Understanding Conflict” featuring Brian Brown
How can leaders respond to conflict in healthier, more productive ways? Brian Brown shares perspectives and practices that can help keep conflict from diverting too much energy from our churches. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/understanding-conflict-featuring-brian-brown/

Should Your Church Consider Selling Property?
Real estate expert Domenic Dutra outlines factors to be considered in determining whether selling church property might be a faithful course of action. The ideal selling situation, he explains, isn’t rushed by fiscal emergencies but is generated out of a careful planning process aligned with the ultimate mission of the church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/should-your-church-consider-selling-property/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Alicia Garza uses a question she learned from her mother in dealing with problems:
* How would the story of the conflict change if all acknowledged that what happens between us is half mine and half yours?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Should Pastors Know What Members Give?
“Every time I teach on stewardship,” writes the Lewis Center’s Ann A. Michel, “this question invariably comes up: ‘Should pastors have access to contribution records?’” In some congregations, pastors are prohibited from knowing what people contribute. In others, pastors choose to shield themselves from this information. A good pastor, however, may wish to attention to all the signs of spiritual development. Check out “To the Point: Should Pastors Know What Members Give?” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-should-pastors-know-what-members-give/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Free Webinar — Register Now
Hybrid Evangelism: The New Reality for Congregations
Tuesday, March 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Relying on the same old approaches to evangelism cannot meet the challenges of today. Now we must forge meaningful connections both in-person and online. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to maximize your congregation’s potential for engaging hybrid evangelism. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/hybrid-evangelism-the-new-reality-for-congregations/

“Quotable” Leadership
“What is the use of captains who are more at home entertaining the passengers than navigating the ship?” — P. T. Forsyth, Lyman Beecher Lectures, 1907

FREE VIDEO
Take the Next Step: The Importance of Reaching More People, Younger People, and More Diverse People
“There is no future for a church or denomination that cannot reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people,” asserts Lovett H. Weems Jr. In this brief video he explains the challenge of reaching these groups and how these three goals are inextricably linked. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/take-next-step-reaching-people-younger-people-diverse-people-2/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


February 16, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Moving Forward With Hybrid Worship
Effective hybrid worship requires that churches ascribe high and equal value to in-person and online worshipers. Olu Brown outlines key steps a congregation should take to assure that their worship is accessible and welcoming to those not in the building. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/moving-forward-with-hybrid-worship/

In-depth Interview with Ed Brandt
The Building Blocks of Congregational Renewal
What does it take to turn a congregation around? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe interviews Ed Brandt, a long-serving pastor who recently retired as chief of chaplains for the U.S. National Guard. Brandt describes how success in ministry is grounded in the hard but essential work of reaching out to the community, forging new connections, getting to know people, listening, earning trust, taking risks, and learning from mistakes. Read more now.  https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-building-blocks-of-congregational-renewal/

4 Truths About Ministry Revealed by the Pandemic
Tom Berlin says that two years of global pandemic have revealed some key truths about the nature of ministry. Serving in this difficult time has raised the challenge of embracing new skill sets, forced a renewed reliance on the Spirit’s sustenance, brought the centrality of Christ-filled relationships to the fore, and magnified the importance of our foundational callings. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-truths-about-ministry-revealed-by-the-pandemic/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Pastor John Mark Comer came to a time in his ministry when he realized that he had to make major changes to simplify and focus his life. The question that came to him while on an airplane flight that led to change is one that has challenged people of faith for generations:
* What if I changed my life?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Free Video
Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship
Learn how to take your leadership of digital worship to the next level. In this video the Lewis Center’s Tim Snyder explores key guiding questions that should drive digital worship design and shares case studies from the Religious Workforce Project (a research project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.). Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/participation-presence-leading-meaningful-digital-worship-webinar-video/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Free Webinar — Register Now
Hybrid Evangelism: The New Reality for Congregations
Tuesday, March 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Relying on the same old approaches to evangelism cannot meet the challenges of today. Now we must forge meaningful connections both in-person and online. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to maximize your congregation’s potential for engaging hybrid evangelism. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/hybrid-evangelism-the-new-reality-for-congregations/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Video-based Adult Christian Study
Nature – Our First Way of Knowing God
This popular seven-session video-based adult Christian study awakens our visceral knowing of the Creator through the creation, reconnects us with the sacred landscapes we call home, encourages us to provide space and time for spiritual reflection in nature, and helps us live in greater harmony with God’s earth. Learn more, watch a video preview, and see sample Study Guide pages now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nature-our-first-way-of-knowing-god/

“Quotable” Leadership
“A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. ” — Cornel West

The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr.
“The Adept Church” helps congregations develop realistic road maps for navigating between a “rock and a hard place” with a clear process for defining reality — a process based on strategic decisions concerning where the church needs to go and not where it is currently. This theologically grounded, yet practical guide is for church leaders seeking to save their churches. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/the-adept-church-navigating-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


February 9, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

People Support What They Help To Create
David McAllister-Wilson describes how a style of leadership than engages others not only engenders support and buy-in but also promotes better decision making and more effective outcomes. While top-down solutions are tempting in these uncertain times, investing time and effort in collaboration is ultimately more effective. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/people-support-what-they-help-to-create/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 95
“Centering Marginalized Voices to Lead Change” featuring Tyler Sit
What practices can help church leaders learn from failures and address conflict in ways that lead to fruitful ministry? In this episode we speak with Tyler Sit about centering marginalized voices, meeting the needs of the community, managing conflict, and other leadership lessons he has learned as a church planter. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/centering-marginalized-voices-to-lead-change-featuring-tyler-sit/

Why Church Leaders Can’t Afford to Wait and See
Tony Morgan says churches can’t wait passively to see if things return to normal. Nor should they long for the return of old systems and strategies that often weren’t working even before the pandemic. The task of leaders in this moment is to create urgency, embrace change, and bring clarity to the mission God calls us to. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/why-church-leaders-cant-afford-to-wait-and-see/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Whenever undertaking an effort for which you have insufficient knowledge and experience, it is always a good idea to identify others who know more and talk with them. A good question to end each of those conversations is:
* Is there someone to whom you would go to learn more about this subject?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Apply by Feb. 15 for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Learn Strategies to Identify and Support New Volunteer Leaders
How can you best support and affirm existing leaders? Help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meetings matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Free Webinar — Register Now
Hybrid Evangelism: The New Reality for Congregations
Tuesday, March 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Relying on the same old approaches to evangelism cannot meet the challenges of today. Now we must forge meaningful connections both in-person and online. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to maximize your congregation’s potential for engaging hybrid evangelism. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/hybrid-evangelism-the-new-reality-for-congregations/

“Quotable” Leadership
“I am a professor of history, so I know this in my bones: nothing is inevitable. History is made by people who stared, blinking, into the uncertain future. Their paths were not lit before them by sacred meteors.” — Kate Bowler

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders discover a more fruitful way of being in ministry together. The video tool kit provides practical strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


February 2, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Strategies to Engage New Givers
How can congregations invite new givers to begin their journey of generosity? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff outlines seven strategies more likely to connect with newer, younger givers. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-strategies-to-engage-new-givers/

In-depth Interview with Christian Smith
How Parents Pass Religious Faith to their Children
What determines whether children will carry on the faith of their parents? Past research established that parents play the critical role. Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews noted sociologist Christian Smith about new research examining how parents shape their children’s faith and the critical factor of talking about religion in the context of day-to-day life. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-parents-pass-religious-faith-to-their-children/

9 Indicators that Reveal a Church’s Innovative Potential
Meghan Hatcher says particular characteristics within a church’s organizational culture foster an environment in which innovation thrives. She outlines nine key indictors strongly associated with an organization’s ability to innovate revealed through research by the Innovation Laboratory at the Center for Youth Ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/9-indicators-that-reveal-a-churchs-innovative-potential/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Jeff Bezos instructs managers when they are hiring to consider three criteria reflected in these questions:
* Will you admire this person?
* Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group he or she is entering?
* Along what dimension might this person be a superstar?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Free Webinar — Register Now
Hybrid Evangelism: The New Reality for Congregations
Tuesday, March 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Relying on the same old approaches to evangelism cannot meet the challenges of today. Now we must forge meaningful connections both in-person and online. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Jessica Anschutz for this timely and important webinar to learn ways to maximize your congregation’s potential for engaging hybrid evangelism. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/hybrid-evangelism-the-new-reality-for-congregations/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Apply by Feb. 15 for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

“Quotable” Leadership
“For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. . . . Without hope there can be no future, . . . without meaning there can be no struggle.” — Cornel West

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. This comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. “Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


January 26, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Shifts for More Authentic Community Engagement
Dan Pezet believes churches can forge meaningful connections with their neighbors through impactful community ministries. But only if the church’s motives are perceived as genuine, not self-serving. He outlines four mindset shifts required of church leaders who seek to engage their community more authentically. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-shifts-for-more-authentic-community-engagement/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 94
“The Building Blocks of Congregational Renewal” featuring Ed Brandt
What does it take to turn a congregation around? Ed Brandt, a long-serving pastor who recently retired as chief of chaplains for the U.S. National Guard, believes success in ministry is grounded in the hard but essential work of reaching out to the community, forging new connections, getting to know people, listening, earning trust, taking risks, and learning from mistakes. Listen now, read transcript, or watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/the-building-blocks-of-congregational-renewal-featuring-ed-brandt/

Thinking of Redeveloping Your Church Property? Know First Where You Stand
Rick Reinhard says more and more congregations are looking to rent, sell, or redevelop unused buildings and property. But before launching into the real estate market, churches should take time to understand the value of their property, the key players in their community, and where decision-making authority lies in their congregation or denomination. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/thinking-of-redeveloping-your-church-property-know-first-where-you-stand/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Leaders face times when they need to decide to stay with what they are doing or to move to some other place or role. Ursula M. Burns, former CEO of Xerox, when facing such a decision was helped by a question she was asked by a colleague.
* Are running away from something or running toward something?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Congregation?
The Lewis Center is proud to be a collaborating partner on the “Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations” study led by Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary). “Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations” is a research project that seeks to thoroughly investigate the current changes and eventual outcomes of the pandemic for congregational life in the United States. Learn more about this study and how your congregation can participate in the research. https://www.covidreligionresearch.org/get-involved/congregational-denominational-leaders/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Free Webinar — Register Now
Giving Strategies for the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Tuesday, February 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Learn new perspectives and practices for funding ministry in an increasing challenging environment. Join Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel, authors of “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance,” for this 90-minute interactive presentation exploring key changes in the landscape of congregational giving and new possibilities for enhancing generosity in the 21st century. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/free-webinar-giving-strategies-for-the-21st-century-new-challenges-and-new-opportunities/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Future leaders will need cross-cultural grace to constructively depolarize a situation: an ability to listen and learn from people who are very different from them, and perhaps different in a disturbing way.” — Bob Johansen

Read “Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers”
By Dr. Ann A. Michel, Lewis Center Associate Director
The landscape of ministry is rapidly evolving as more and more lay persons take on significant ministry roles. Yet our mindset about ministry hasn’t been as quick to change. Lay ministry practitioners are often ill-prepared and underappreciated, confused about their call, and unsure of their theological identity. Dr. Michel’s book “Synergy” is a leadership guide that speaks directly to their needs. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/synergy-leadership-guide-church-staff-volunteers/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


January 19, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

The 5 P’s of Sustainability for Small Churches
Rebekah Simon-Peter says small churches cannot succeed by emulating the megachurch model of programming for every stage of life. She believes that five P’s — people, prayer, provision, partnership, and presence — are key to the sustainability of smaller churches. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-5-ps-of-sustainability-for-small-churches/

In-depth Interview with Jacqueline Jones-Smith
Leveraging Your Church’s Assets
Your church may have more resources than you think. In an interview with Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff, Jacqueline Jones-Smith explains how Christ Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, once slated for closure, turned itself around by embracing a more entrepreneurial mindset and taking stock of its physical and human assets. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leveraging-your-churchs-assets/

Challenge and Opportunity for Predominantly White Churches
The demographic makeup of localities across the U.S. is rapidly diversifying. Some predominantly white congregations perceive this as a challenge or even a threat. But Lovett H. Weems Jr. suggests it can be an opportunity for them to make a positive difference as “hosts for Christ” welcoming newcomers to their communities. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/challenge-and-opportunity-for-predominantly-white-churches/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Having good measures for the outcomes (fruits) you seek is important. Having the right measures is even more important. Questions to consider before determining a metric you want to monitor include:
* Is it influenceable?
* Can it be measured?
* Is it worth measuring?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

5 Indices of Health and Vitality for Small to Mid-Sized Congregations
Small church expert Dr. Lew Parks describes five indices of health and vitality for small to mid-sized congregations that contribute to “dynamic equilibrium.” Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-new-way-view-small-church-vitality/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Free Webinar — Register Now
Giving Strategies for the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Tuesday, February 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Learn new perspectives and practices for funding ministry in an increasing challenging environment. Join Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel, authors of “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance,” for this 90-minute interactive presentation exploring key changes in the landscape of congregational giving and new possibilities for enhancing generosity in the 21st century. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/free-webinar-giving-strategies-for-the-21st-century-new-challenges-and-new-opportunities/

“Quotable” Leadership
“Leadership is about creating, day by day, a domain in which we and those around us continually deepen our understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future.” — Joseph Jaworski

Learn to Protect, Sustain, and Grow Your Church’s Money for Ministry
Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


January 12, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Spiritual Practices for the New Year
Jayne Davis suggests a few spiritual practices that can help anchor you to God and bring joy, meaning and deep rest in the coming new year. They include gratitude, wonder, sabbath, and asking questions while deepening your relationship with God and others. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-spiritual-practices-for-the-new-year/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 93
“How Parents Pass Religious Faith to their Children” featuring Christian Smith
What determines whether children will carry on the faith of their parents? Past research established that parents play the critical role. In this episode noted sociologist Christian Smith shares new research examining how parents shape their children’s faith and the critical factor of talking about religion in the context of day-to-day life. Listen now, read transcript, or URL TBD watch video. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/how-parents-pass-religious-faith-to-their-children-featuring-christian-smith/

4 Principles for Engaging Donors Who Care About Making a Difference
Baby boomers and Gen Xers are currently the most critical donor base for most congregations. James Elrod says these generations want proof that their gifts are making a difference. He outlines four principles for measuring and reporting results. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-principles-for-engaging-donors-who-care-about-making-a-difference/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Despite a range of diversity represented by effective leaders, Peter Drucker found that they behaved in much the same way. They asked similar questions. For example, when going into a new position, instead of asking “What do I want?” or “What do I want to do?”, they asked these questions:
* What are the organization’s mission and goals?
* What needs to be done?
* What can and should I do to make a difference?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

Free Webinar — Register Now
Giving Strategies for the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Tuesday, February 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Learn new perspectives and practices for funding ministry in an increasing challenging environment. Join Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel, authors of “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance,” for this 90-minute interactive presentation exploring key changes in the landscape of congregational giving and new possibilities for enhancing generosity in the 21st century. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/free-webinar-giving-strategies-for-the-21st-century-new-challenges-and-new-opportunities/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” — Peter F. Drucker

Read “Not Safe for Church”
By F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Jasmine Smothers
Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people. In Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, Lewis Center Director Doug Powe and Pastor Jasmine Smothers give 10 ways to help churches move from just saying what they intend to do to actually doing it. This book provides tools to help congregations reframe the Good News in non-traditional ways plus study questions for church leadership teams. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/not-safe-church-ten-commandments-reaching-new-generations/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas

 

 


January 5, 2022

“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

What to Watch in 2022
F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Ann A. Michel of the Lewis Center staff name some of the changes church leaders should keep top of mind as we embark on 2022. They include still evolving patterns of worship and congregational life, worrying attendance trends, churches reevaluating their building needs, and underlying demographic changes that challenge assumptions many churches hold regarding their future. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-to-watch-in-2022/

In-depth Interview with Teresa Stewart
Creating Powerful Worship in Small Congregations
Do you want amazing worship on a small church budget? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Teresa Stewart, a blogger and creator of the website Paper Bag Cathedrals, on ways small congregations can enliven their worship. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/creating-powerful-worship-in-small-congregations/

How to Organize an Intergenerational Morning of Service for MLK Day
Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff reports on how a Connecticut church has made the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a time for intergenerational learning and service. She shares tips on how churches large or small might launch a similar effort to educate and inspire young people and connect with the broader community. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-to-organize-an-intergenerational-morning-of-service-for-mlk-day/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Saj-nicole A. Joni helps leaders think more broadly about their work through questions such as:
* How diverse is my inner circle?
* Am I pushing inquiry to the limits regularly?
* Who really makes me think in new ways?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders.” https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/

Free Webinar — Register Now
Giving Strategies for the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Tuesday, February 1, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
Learn new perspectives and practices for funding ministry in an increasing challenging environment. Join Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel, authors of “Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance,” for this 90-minute interactive presentation exploring key changes in the landscape of congregational giving and new possibilities for enhancing generosity in the 21st century. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/free-webinar-giving-strategies-for-the-21st-century-new-challenges-and-new-opportunities/

Online and Hybrid Ministry Resources
“Leading Ideas” articles, podcast episodes, and links. Explore now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/online-ministry/

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 tips and strategies can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now, download free, and share. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education/

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you. Donate now. https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

“Quotable” Leadership
“The key to resilience is trying really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying again.” — Tod Bolsinger

Will Your Church Meet Budget?
To answer this vital question, you need to track giving accurately according to your church’s unique pattern of giving — not simply the budget divided by 12 months. The “Congregational Giving Profile” Video Tool Kit helps you track finances based on the way people in your church actually give, establishing a more meaningful system of monitoring and reporting progress on your budget. This essential resource includes easy-to-use templates, video instruction sessions, and sample profiles. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/congregational-giving-profile-cgp-download/

Free Video Study
Learn to Talk Honestly and Openly about Faith and Race
“Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race” is a dialogue about race in America and may be used to help your church bring people together to talk about moving forward bravely and boldly in the name of Christ. The study is divided into four 15-minute videos which may be used in one or more sessions. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/moving-faith-communities-fruitful-conversations-race/

Editors: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) and Dr. L. Jessica Anschutz (janschutz@wesleyseminary.edu)
Copyright © 2004-2022 Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
https://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas