Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Letting Go of This Pastor and Preparing for the Next Church consultant Susan Beaumont shares four leadership practices that can help a congregation prepare when their pastor is getting ready to leave. Approaching the situation honestly and communicating openly can help a church understand that times of loss, experienced openly and fully, lead into times of promise. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/letting-go-of-this-pastor-and-preparing-for-the-next?id=li20190424

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 31
“Leaving Well and Starting Strong: Planning for an Effective Pastoral Transition” featuring Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
How can a pastor avoid common pitfalls and make the most of opportunities when moving from one congregation to the next? In this episode we speak with Lovett H. Weems, Jr., about how to plan for a pastoral transition, leave well, and get off to a strong start in a new church. Listen now. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-31-leaving-well-and-starting-strong-planning-for-an-effective-pastoral-transition-featuring-lovett-h-weems-jr?id=li20190424

The Changing Face of Ministry
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe describes shifting staffing patterns and ministry models emerging as more and more mainline congregations suffer decline. The Lewis Center is launching a three-year research effort supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. to study these and other changes in the religious workforce, the impact on local congregations, and implications for how people prepare for ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-changing-face-of-ministry?id=li20190424

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When new pastors arrive, they need ways to learn much about a new church in a short time. Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith suggest giving members notecards and asking them to write their responses to these questions:
* What is one thing I need to know about the church?
* What is one way we are going to reach new people?
* What is one dream you have for the church?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Lewis Center Launches Major Study of the Nation’s Religious Workforce
The Lewis Center and Wesley Theological Seminary have launched an initiative to study the makeup of the religious workforce across Christian traditions in the U.S. We will engage various thought leaders across these traditions throughout the project as we seek to identify strategies for more effective ministry. Read the news release. https://www.churchleadership.com/news/lewis-center-launches-major-study-of-the-nations-religious-workforce?id=li20190424

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=li20190424

Support the Lewis Center
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Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church
How can a small congregation engage the community in a significant way? With the right approach, a small church can make a big impact in the world through partnerships, creative use of resources, and a focus on relational ministry. Read “To the Point: Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church” to learn how. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-community-ministry-small-church?id=li20190424

Quotable Leadership
“If the pastor is doing everything, the church is probably not growing. And if it is growing, such growth may not be from a healthy growth process.” — Olu Brown, church planter

Learn to Be a Better Clergy Mentor
Clergy mentors indicate overwhelmingly that they need more training for their task. Mentees value mentoring but also indicate that their mentors need more resourcing for this important responsibility. “Taking Clergy Mentoring to the Next Level” is designed for clergy mentors who wish to prepare for a ministry of mentoring. Available in Group Training and Individual Study versions. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-clergy-mentoring-to-the-next-level-individual-version-download?id=li20190424

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