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February 15, 2023

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

Stop Beginning Worship with Boring Announcements
Jason Moore says churches should stop beginning their worship with boring announcements and instead give worshipers an overview of what’s coming and why it matters to them. Announcements can be reframed as action steps flowing from the theme of the sermon and presented at the end of the service. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/stop-beginning-worship-with-boring-announcements/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230215

Leading Voices — Brief videos highlighting key learnings and themes related to leadership
>> “All Great Leaders Need Contextual Intelligence”
Doug Powe, Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Watch now. https://youtu.be/UwfYRU37r1o?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230215

Don’t Forget to Say Thanks
Stewardship expert Charles Lane says that thanking your church’s donors isn’t difficult but remembering to do it often is. He outlines key elements in developing a thank you plan and stresses the importance of sticking to it. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/dont-forget-to-say-thanks/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230215

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Lewis Center staff member Jessica Anschutz served until recently as a church pastor. She tells of a practice she found helpful to bring the tone of church meetings more in alignment with the spiritual focus of the congregation. The question used that brought good energy and focus to the meeting’s work was: How have you witnessed God at work since we last met?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

Protect your congregation and your ministry with online sexual ethics training for pastors
The Lewis Center’s Keeping Our Sacred Trust boundary training program offers two online courses to help prevent clergy sexual misconduct: “Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics” and “Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age.” Both courses are confidential, ecumenical, and refreshed for 2023. Each course is $49 and includes .5 CEU credits. Learn more and enroll at lewisonlinelearning.org. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

In-depth interview with Charlie Pillsbury
>> Mediating Conflict in Congregations
How can church leaders address conflicts? Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center staff speaks with attorney and mediator, Charlie Pillsbury, about mediating conflicts in congregations. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/mediating-conflict-in-congregations-an-in-depth-interview-with-charlie-pillsbury/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230215

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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

Free webinar — Register now
>> Sustaining While Disrupting
Learn new ways to address the challenge of congregational innovation.
Tuesday, March 7, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For many congregational leaders preserving cherished traditions while discerning God’s new thing is a challenge. Trying to innovate to address a changing context and culture can take a backseat to daily responsibilities and maintaining ongoing ministries. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for insights and practices to help leaders navigate this impasse in ways that do not become an either/or situation. Learn more and register now for this timely webinar. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/sustaining-while-disrupting/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

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Online Courses for Laity and Clergy
>> Spring 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.
— Courses beginning March 6, 2023:
• Serious Answers to Hard Questions — 2.2 CEUs | Led by Rev. Dr. Scott Pickering https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn-101-serious-answers-to-hard-questions/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
• Methodist Identity Part II: Our Beliefs — 2 CEUs | Led by Scott Gallagher https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn303-methodist-identity-part-ii-our-beliefs/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
— Course beginning April 10, 2023:
• Journey through the Psalms — 1.5 CEUs | Led by Darla M. Thieler https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn202-journey-through-the-psalms/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
Learn more about the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies from BeADisciple now. https://beadisciple.com/wesley/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

“Quotable” Leadership
“The story of America is thus one of slow, often unsteady steps forward. If we expect the trumpets of a given era to sound unwavering notes, we will be disappointed, for the past tells us that politics is an uneven symphony.” — Jon Meacham

Video-based adult Christian study
>> In God’s Time: The Bible and the Future
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/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230215

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February 8, 2023

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

The Rural Church’s Gifts of Intimacy and Diversity
Michael Adam Beck and Tyler Kleeberger describe how the unique demographics of rural churches bring not only the potential for intimacy and neighborliness but also an inherent diversity that forces smaller churches to do the hard work of creating unity amid differences. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-rural-churchs-gifts-of-intimacy-and-diversity/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 117
>> “The Church’s #MeToo Reckoning” featuring Ruth Everhart
How can church leaders address conflicts? In this episode, we speak with attorney and mediator Charlie Pillsbury about mediating conflicts in congregations. Listen now, read transcript, and watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/the-churchs-metoo-reckoning-featuring-ruth-everhart/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

Leading Articles — A look back at the most popular stories of the past 20 years
>> Top 10 Reasons Visitors Don’t Come Back
What do visitors say when asked why they don’t return to a church? Thom Rainer outlines the top 10 responses when hundreds of guests were surveyed about their experiences of visiting a church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/top-10-reasons-visitors-dont-come-back/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
All Christian leaders face the challenge of continuing their spiritual discipleship pilgrimage amid all the challenges of the moment. One pastor reports that she seeks to stay accountable by asking God these three questions each day: How may I glorify you? How might I point others to Christ? (And at the end of the day) Did I love today?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

Free webinar — Register now
>> Sustaining While Disrupting
Learn new ways to address the challenge of congregational innovation.
Tuesday, March 7, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern
For many congregational leaders preserving cherished traditions while discerning God’s new thing is a challenge. Trying to innovate to address a changing context and culture can take a backseat to daily responsibilities and maintaining ongoing ministries. Join Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. for insights and practices to help leaders navigate this impasse in ways that do not become an either/or situation. Learn more and register now for this timely webinar. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/sustaining-while-disrupting/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

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NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post-Pandemic Culture
Application deadline is February 15.
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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

Protect your congregation and your ministry with online sexual ethics training for pastors
The Lewis Center’s Keeping Our Sacred Trust boundary training program offers two online courses to help prevent clergy sexual misconduct: “Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics” and “Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age.” Both courses are confidential, ecumenical, and refreshed for 2023. Each course is $49 and includes .5 CEU credits. Learn more and enroll at lewisonlinelearning.org. https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230208

“Quotable” Leadership
“We believe human beings are imperfect, prone to mistakes and erroneous beliefs, and often slow to change. But we also believe that human beings have an extraordinary capacity to learn, to adapt and pivot, to find new solutions to new problems.” — Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten

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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI202300208

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February 1, 2023

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

Strengthening Online Worship Beyond the Pandemic
Lovett H. Weems Jr. says a continued commitment to online worship is not a hindrance that detracts from in-person worship but rather a vital way to reach new people and accomplish the church’s mission. But as this new worship option continues to evolve, congregations must commit to mastering the medium by learning, seeking feedback, and continuing to improve. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/strengthening-online-worship-beyond-the-pandemic/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

Leading Voices — Brief videos highlighting key learnings and themes related to leadership
>> “Leaders Motivate the Contributions of Resources”
Bishop Tom Berlin, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
Watch now. https://youtu.be/72kTPYrPdaw?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

10 Questions to Develop Transformative Ministry Innovation
Meghan Hatcher outlines 10 guiding questions at the heart of a five-phase theological innovation process that helps churches develop, launch, and implement creative new ministry ideas. She shares how one Texas church employed this process, developed by the Innovation Laboratory, to design a new way of addressing an epidemic of teen anxiety and stress. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/10-questions-to-develop-transformative-ministry-innovation/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Leaders and organizations that do well often display a polite but condescending attitude toward those that are not so successful. This approach can create a deceptive bubble that misses many helpful lessons from others. A usual question for all, including those doing well, is: What can I learn from all others to improve?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

NEW Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Focus
>> Leading the Church in a Post-Pandemic Culture
Application deadline is February 15.
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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

In-depth interview with Josh Packard
>> Gen Z and Mental Health
How can church leaders better reach Gen Z? Doug Powe, Director of the Lewis Center, speaks with Josh Packard about Springtide Research Institute’s research including what faith leaders need to know about Gen Z’s religious beliefs and mental health. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/gen-z-and-mental-health-an-in-depth-interview-with-josh-packard/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

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Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship
Learn how to take your leadership of digital worship to the next level. This recording of the “Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship” webinar 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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

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Lewis Center resource
>> 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/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
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“Quotable” Leadership
“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.” — William James, 1842-1910

Online Courses for Laity and Clergy
>> Spring 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.
— Courses beginning March 6, 2023:
• Serious Answers to Hard Questions — 2.2 CEUs | Led by Rev. Dr. Scott Pickering https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn-101-serious-answers-to-hard-questions/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
• Methodist Identity Part II: Our Beliefs — 2 CEUs | Led by Scott Gallagher https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn303-methodist-identity-part-ii-our-beliefs/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
— Course beginning April 10, 2023:
• Journey through the Psalms — 1.5 CEUs | Led by Darla M. Thieler https://beadisciple.com/online-christian-courses/wmn202-journey-through-the-psalms/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201
Learn more about the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies from BeADisciple now. https://beadisciple.com/wesley/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230201

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January 30, 2023

“Leading Topics” — A special edition of “Leading Ideas” focused on a particular subject of critical interest to church leaders.
From the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Discerning a New Vision to Guide Your Church Forward
In this first Special 20th Anniversary Edition of “Leading Ideas” we re-present some of the most pertinent and popular articles on leadership and vision.

“The very essence of leadership,” according to longtime president of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh, is that “you have to have vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.” It’s little surprise that our Leading Ideas archives contain many articles on the importance of vision and how to discern and deploy a vision to lead your congregation forward.

Two Views of Vision
What kind of vision helps a church finds its way forward? Lovett H. Weems, Jr., says a vision needn’t be grandiose, nor is the process necessarily linear. Drawing on Margaret Wheatley’s “circular” understanding of vision, he explains that visioning can involve a series of small, next-step visions that become a field of energy from which a larger vision emerges. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/two-views-of-vision/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LT20230130

Planning Inspired by the Spirit
Drawing on his experience leading a strategic planning process, Pastor Myung Sun Han identifies key lessons to keep a church-wide planning exercise positive, productive, and Spirit-led. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/planning-inspired-by-the-spirit/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LT20230130

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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LT20230130

When Is the Right Time for Strategic Planning?
Susan Beaumont says strategic plans are meant to guide stable organizations through long periods of adaptation. In seasons of disruption and disorientation, other leadership approaches are more appropriate to spur adaptation. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/when-is-the-right-time-for-strategic-planning/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LT20230130

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Lewis Center resource
>> Discovering God’s Future for Your Church Video Tool Kit
“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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LT20230130

 

 


January 25, 2023

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

To Lead Change, Leaders Need the Courage to Change Themselves
Mike Bonem says that healthy organizational change will not occur unless a leader is willing to reflect, learn, and grow. To lead well, you must have the courage to allow yourself to be changed. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/to-lead-change-leaders-need-the-courage-to-change-themselves/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 116
>> “Mediating Conflict in Congregations” featuring Charles Pillsbury
How can church leaders address conflicts? In this episode, we speak with attorney and mediator Charlie Pillsbury about mediating conflicts in congregations. Listen now, read transcript, and watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/mediating-conflict-in-congregations-featuring-charles-pillsbury/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

Leading Articles — A look back at the most popular stories of the past 20 years
>> 7 Key Characteristics of Diversity-Oriented Churches
Diversity-oriented churches, despite the challenges they face, are some of the fastest growing churches in the United States, says Brian Leander. He names seven characteristics that help explain how these churches are able to embrace greater racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-key-characteristics-diversity-oriented-churches/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Eric Hoeke suggests that church teams and committees use their first meeting of the year, or the one at which new group members are first present, to set guidelines for how they will work together. Some call this a behavioral covenant. These questions may help: How shall we work together? What can we count on from each other? How will we handle differences?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

Online Course: 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 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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LItext-only2023

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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

Who Cares for Clergy?
Religious communities through history have always found ways to care for and support clergy. And this need is arguably greater than ever in an era when increasing numbers of pastors feel overwhelmed by the demands of ministry. What systems are in place to address their needs? Read more now at the Religious Workforce Project. https://religiousworkforce.com/research/who-cares-for-clergy?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI202301025

“Quotable” Leadership
The one single center out of which all good ministry flows is a deep grounding in God through prayer and self-reflection that allows ministers to find that their most basic identity and deepest security lie in God, and only in God. — Roberta Bondi

Book by Lovett H. Weems Jr.
>> John Wesley’s Message Today
With its plain, easy-to-understand language, this Pocket Guide will help you understand the major aspects of John Wesley’s theology. You will discover what Wesley believed about the image of God and original sin, stewardship, justification by faith, the witness of the Spirit, social holiness, and more. This 96-page booklet also offers study questions that will help you or your group discuss the importance of Wesley’s ideas for Christians today. Learn more and order now.https://www.churchleadership.com/books/john-wesleys-message-today/?utm_source=wordpress&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=LI20230125

Discover more books from Lewis Center authors at churchleadership.com/books. https://www.churchleadership.com/category/books/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230125

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January 18, 2023

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

A New Model for Leading Change
What is God calling your church to do in the near future given your church’s mission and context? Doug Powe and Lovett Weems outline key considerations for leaders who seek to innovate while also sustaining what is most essential in their ministries. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/a-new-model-for-leading-change/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

Leading Voices — Brief videos highlighting key learnings and themes related to leadership
>> “All Leadership is Cross-Cultural Leadership”
Laura Heikes, Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas
Watch now. https://youtu.be/10Idns_HuRs?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

Equip Your People to Invite
Why aren’t your church members inviting others to church? It’s likely you’ve been asking them to invite their friends and neighbors without giving them the tools they need to do it. Here are 13 practical ways to equip people to invite friends to church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/equip-your-people-to-invite/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
Year-end staff reviews are common in churches but what about doing a year-end congregation review! If you are daring enough to give this a try, you may want to consider some questions secular organizations use to track how they are doing from one year to another. All questions need ranking options with them. How satisfied are you with the overall ministry of [church name]? How likely are you to continue your participation in [church name]? If you were choosing a church for the first time, how likely would you be to choose [church name]? How strongly do you feel that [church name]sets an example of excellence? How likely are you to recommend [church name]to someone else?
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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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

In-depth interview with Mark DeYmaz
>> The Coming Revolution in Church Economics
What if tithes and offering no longer support your church’s operations? How can you create multiple streams of income by leveraging the value of your congregation’s people, programs, money, and buildings? This recap of a 2020 “Leading Ideas Talks” podcast episode features a discussion between Mark DeYmaz and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center Staff on The Coming Revolution in Church Economics. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-coming-revolution-in-church-economics-an-in-depth-interview-with-mark-deymaz/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

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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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118

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Lewis Center resource
>> Be the Welcoming Church
Learn best practices for building welcoming worship, church buildings, congregations, websites, and more 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. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118
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“Quotable” Leadership
If you’re a leader, authenticity is your most precious commodity, and you’ll lose it if you attempt techniques that don’t fit your strengths. — Marcus Buckingham

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. This resource is ideal for women and men in your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/women-speak-god/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230118
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January 11, 2023

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

What Would Martin Luther King Jr. Say to the Church Today?
Anthony Hunt reflects on how Martin Luther King Jr. would address today’s social challenges by reimagining King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Hunt posits a contemporary version of King’s letter that emphasizes the right and responsibility of voting and the need to continue to dream and hope for a better tomorrow. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-would-martin-luther-king-jr-say-to-the-church-today/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230111

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 115
>> Gen Z and Mental Health: Insights for Faith Leaders
How can church leaders better reach Gen Z? Josh Packard shares findings from the Springtide Research Institute on what faith leaders need to know about Gen Z’s religious beliefs and mental health. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/gen-z-and-mental-health-insights-for-faith-leaders-featuring-josh-packard/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230111

Leading Articles — A look back at the most popular stories of the past 20 years
>> 10 Things Great Preachers Do Differently
What separates good preachers from great preachers? Charley Reeb, a Florida pastor known as a gifted preacher, says talent is less important than approaching the task with the right perspective and preparing effectively. He outlines ten things that you can do to become a great preacher. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/10-things-great-preachers-do/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230111

The Right Question
>> Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
In the early days of Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, legendary civil rights organizer Ella Baker volunteered to help bring order to the many initiatives going on at any one time. After her review, she provided a question rather than a solution. Have we been so busy doing the things that had to be done that we have failed to do what should be done?
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Lewis Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Expanded Content
We are excited to celebrate 20 years of providing leadership resources for every church! Throughout 2023 you’ll find special features, including:
Leading Articles — A look back at the most popular stories of the past 20 years
Leading Voices — Brief videos highlighting key learnings and themes related to leadership
Leading Topics — Special editions of Leading Ideas focusing on topics of critical interest to church leaders

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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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230111

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Free video study
>> Learn to Talk Honestly and Openly about Faith and Race in Your Church
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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI202301011

“Quotable” Leadership
Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t. — Michelle Obama

Book by Lovett H. Weems Jr.
>> Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church
Too often church advocates insist that if genuine change is to occur in the church, then they must throw out everything that has gone before. The problem with such calls for radical change is that they are not true to the way that genuine and lasting change takes place, says Dr. Weems. In his book “Take the Next Step” he offers congregational leaders essential insights into how they can work with and through their churches’ ministries to bring about authentic and faithful growth. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/take-the-next-step-leading-lasting-change-in-the-church/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI202301011
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January 4, 2023

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

5 Trends Impacting Church Leadership for 2023
Doug Powe, Ann Michel, and Jessica Anschutz identify five trends church leaders should keep in mind as they develop creative ministries to reach new people in 2023. From worship and hybrid ministry to relationship building, staffing and finances, paying attention to these trends will help chart the course for the new year. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-trends-impacting-church-leadership-for-2023/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

Is Your Congregation Making an Impact?
What metrics are most helpful in assessing your church’s health and vitality? Susan Nienaber says that, in this new chapter of the church’s history, congregations need a streamlined approach to setting priorities and goals. Focusing on weekly metrics may be less helpful than clarifying the desired outcomes of ministries and discerning what must be measured to determine success. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-congregation-making-an-impact/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

Bivocational By Choice: An In-depth Interview with Ben Connelly
Can bivocational ministry be a strategic choice and not just a reluctant concession to financial constraints? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff interviews Ben Connelly about how bivocational ministry can enhance collaboration, deepen engagement with the mission field, and even promote the personal spiritual growth of bivocational ministry practitioners. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/bivocational-by-choice/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

The Right Question
Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
To improve, leaders must have a self-awareness of how they are doing. There are weaknesses a leader knows even if they are not obvious to others. Then there are limitations of one’s leadership that both the leader and constituents know. But there is another set of places where attention may be needed that can only come from asking a question such as: What limitations of my leadership are seen by others yet unknown to me?
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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 by February 15, 2023. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

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Metrics Should Be a Tool for Learning, Not Judging
The current focus on setting numerical goals for ministry and reporting results is not new, though now greatly expanded. In the past, virtually all goals churches set related to money. Today the same attention is being given to people categories, but the concept is the same. Lovett H. Weems Jr. explains the advantage and pitfalls. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-metrics-a-tool-for-learning-not-judging/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

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Lewis Center Resource
>> Congregational Giving Profile Video Tool Kit
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. The Congregational Giving Profile 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. | From $39 https://www.churchleadership.com/product/congregational-giving-profile-cgp-download/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

“Quotable” Leadership
By getting closer to their constituents and by letting their constituents get to know them, leaders can strengthen their foundation of credibility. — James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

>> Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers
A book by Dr. Ann A. Michel, Lewis Center Senior Consultant
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. “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/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230104

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