Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Fostering the Courage to Lead
David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, sees courage as essential to church leadership. He explains how courage is formed not through study or proclamation, but within groups where people care about one another and are committed to a common mission. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/fostering-courage-lead?id=li20180411

5 Key Practices for Connecting with Your Context
Mark Gornick and Maria Liu Wong have been working to understand new practices of ministry that are emerging in vital and diverse urban settings. They have discerned five important themes and practices in how good, sustainable, and flourishing ministry occurs in cities, and in other settings as well. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-key-practices-connecting-context?id=li20180411

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
A congregation wanting to reach younger more diverse people found these questions helpful.
* If your congregation were successful in the coming year in reaching people younger than the current congregation, who might these younger people be? Where would you find them?
* If you congregation were successful in the coming year in reaching people more diverse than the current congregation (race, income, education, marital status, etc.), who might these people be? Where would you find them?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

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Learn to Connect with Your Church’s Neighbors
The Connect with Your Neighbors Video Tool Kit provides you with tools and strategies to welcome your neighbors and improve worship attendance. Topics include: Discovering the People God has Given Us; Ways to Understand Your Neighbors Better; Discovering Who Your Neighbors Are; The Theology of Welcome; Needs-based Community Outreach; and more. Learn more and watch introductory videos: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/connect-with-your-neighbors-download?id=li20180411

Quotable Leadership
“Courage is a habit, a virtue. You get it by courageous acts.” — Mary Daly

Adult Education Studies: “Methodist Identity”
The Methodist Identity video series explains what it means to be Methodist. The studies benefit both lifelong Methodists and those coming to Methodism from other traditions. Part 1: Our Story is hosted by Rev. Dr. Justo González, and Part 2: Our Beliefs is hosted by Bishop Gregory Ingram. Each study includes eight lessons and video presentations, supplemental videos, study guides, and extensive supplemental presentations. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/methodist-identity?id=li20180411

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 on concluding ministry in one setting and beginning ministry in a new setting. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-improve-pastoral-transitions-2?id=li20180411

Editor: Dr. Ann A. Michel
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