Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Begin with Where
Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal church in downtown Washington, DC, considers what it means for an older urban church to thrive in a changing context while remaining committed to its history and values. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/begin-with-where?id=li20180418

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Rooted in Place — Committed to the City”
How can older churches thrive in changing urban contexts? In this episode of Leading Ideas Talks, Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel speaks with Rev. William Lamar, pastor of the historic Metropolitan AME Church in downtown Washington, DC. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/rooted-in-place-committed-to-the-city-featuring-william-lamar?id=li20180418

Positively Urgent
Mike Bonem says a sense of urgency is necessary to propel change, but that urgency need not come from a negative sense of doom and gloom. Urgency can also be generated by a positive sense of hope and opportunity. Good leaders create positive urgency. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/positively-urgent?id=li20180418

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
realized they were working from an unspoken assumption: “If it was good enough for me, it is good enough for our children.” They discovered that nothing changed until they went from an unspoken assumption to a stated question:
* What will it take to reach our children?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Plan Now to Partner with Your Local Schools This Fall
If your congregation is considering a school-focused initiative this year, start planning now with the Engaging Local Schools Tool Kit. Through videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, this engaging resource guides your congregation in considering questions that are critical to the success of a school-focused service initiative. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/engaging-local-schools-download?id=li20180418

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
If a new pastor or associate pastor is in your congregation’s future, be sure to check out “50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor” prepared by Bob Crossman. This resource shares tips on how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and offers helpful advice on how to welcome your new pastor. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor?id=li20180418

Quotable Leadership
“Freedom is not a gift but an achievement. Historically and morally speaking, it is the fruit of struggles, tragic failures, tears, sacrifices, and sorrow.” — Samuel DuBois Cook in letter to Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1956

Read “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 ebook is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/?id=li20180418

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=li20180418

Editor: Dr. Ann A. Michel
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