Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Leadership Insights from Jethro
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says when looking for leadership lessons in the Bible we shouldn’t focus so much on Moses that we skip over his father-in-law Jethro. In Exodus 18, Jethro offered important insights that transformed Moses’ practice of leadership and can help us as well. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-leadership-insights-from-jethro?id=li20190410

7 Mindset Shifts that Can Reshape Your Church’s Future
To reshape the future of your church you must set aside old assumptions, fears, and stereotypes and embrace new experiences and methods. In a new book Blank Slate, Lia McIntosh, Jasmine Smothers, and Rodney Smothers explore generational transition, design thinking, and successful private sector organizations to discern a new direction for the church. They name seven mindsets essential to create your own “blank slate” and embrace a new future. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-mindset-shifts-that-can-reshape-your-churchs-future?id=li20190410

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Leaders need a right question to use when proposals aimed at reaching new people are rejected. For example, in a congregation with declining attendance, “dinner church” was suggested as a way to reach new people in their growing community. Church leaders said “no” to the idea. The person who made the proposal said, “OK. But I know the new people around our church are on your heart as much as they are on mine.” Then came the question:
* If dinner church doesn’t work for you, tell me what comparable innovation God has put on your hearts that might accomplish the same goal of reaching people for Christ?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take?
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. The 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. The tool kit features 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?id=20190410

50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity
How can you best help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meeting matter? Support and affirm existing leaders? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity?id=li20190410

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Pastors Moving to New Churches Need the Right Start
Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. The Right Start is available in both Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20190410

Quotable Leadership
“Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.” — Kathleen Norris

“Nones” Now as Big as Evangelicals, Catholics in the U.S.
In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggest that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic, writes Jack Jenkins for Religion News Service. Read more now. https://religionnews.com/2019/03/21/nones-now-as-big-as-evangelicals-catholics-in-the-us?id=li20190410

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