Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Preaching to an Empty Room
How can preachers maintain a sense of presence and engage their audience when COVID-19 has their congregants viewing worship via livestream? Read these tips on preaching to an empty room by Alyce McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Center for Preaching Excellence at Perkins School of Theology. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/preaching-to-an-empty-room/?id=li20200401

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 52
“Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis” featuring Michael Koppel
How can your church help congregants deal with fears, anxiety, and economic stresses in this unprecedented time? In the episode we speak with Wesley Theological Seminary Professor Michael Koppel about congregational care needs and responses in light of the challenges of the coronavirus crisis. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-52-pastoral-care-in-the-coronavirus-crisis-featuring-michael-koppel/?id=li20200401

10 Thoughts on Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Alex Shanks says that people pay particular attention to what leaders say and do in times of crisis. He shares ten lessons to help leaders be more deliberate in how they chose to lead in the face of the unprecedented challenges of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/10-thoughts-on-leading-through-the-covid-19-crisis/?id=li20200401

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Leaders often face a crisis or problem thinking that nothing like this has happened before. Even when a situation appears utterly different from anything that has come before, these questions may open new possibilities for addressing it.
* How is this challenge like something this church has faced before or that another church has faced?
* What can we learn from that experience?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“Journey Through the Psalms” Video-Based Adult Christian Study Now Available on Download for Distance Learning
Regularly $75 – Now Only $5 through April 30
To provide churches an alternative to in-person study groups during this time of social distancing, we have made “Journey Through the Psalms” available on download. And through April 30 we’ve reduced the price from $75 to only $5 to allow more churches to benefit from distance learning. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/?id=li20200401

Save on “Right Questions for Church Leaders, Vol. 1-4”
Regularly $15.99 – Now $5.00 for a Limited Time
In response to requests for a collection of questions used in “The Right Question” column over the years, we have organized selected ones by topic and offer them in a four-volume PDF e-book. Topics cover challenges that nearly all church leaders face and make great starting points for discussions in church meetings, small groups, and sermons. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/right-questions-for-church-leaders-volumes-1-4/?id=li20200401

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Teaching Children to Tithe
Teaching children to tithe is an important part of their faith education that we often overlook. “To the Point: Teaching Children to Tithe” suggests using “money jars” to reinforce giving to God, a core value of our faith that should be taught early. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-teaching-children-to-tithe?id=li20200401

Quotable Leadership
“The primary responsibility of leaders is to promote the well-being of people, not themselves.” — Juana Bordas

Read “High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader”
Fruitful leaders develop a set of practices that serve them well and bear much fruit. Tom Berlin and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., provide a vital resource to leaders through “High Yield,” a book that consists of a series of short chapters on leadership practices the authors have found most fruitful in their leadership and have seen exemplified in others. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/high-yield-seven-disciplines-of-the-fruitful-leader?id=li20200401

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