Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Digital Church Is Here to Stay
Carey Nieuwhof says the post-COVID-19 world will be a different place. The move to digital worship is here to stay, he predicts. Putting it back on the shelf in the new normal would ignore the greatest opportunity the church today has to reach people. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/digital-church-is-here-to-stay/?id=li20200429

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 54
“The Adept Church” featuring F. Douglas Powe Jr.
Is your church caught between a rock and a hard place? In this episode we speak with F. Douglas Powe Jr. about his new book, “The Adept Church,” and what churches can do to move toward a more interactive way of connecting with others. Dr. Powe is director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and holds the James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-53-developing-effective-leaders-featuring-bishop-yehiel-curry/?id=li20200415

How Can Leaders Best Respond to an External Shock?
Leaders need to focus on core mission and values in the face of a powerful external shock says Meredith McNabb of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Addressing this crisis with integrity, confidence, and hope requires knowing your congregation and its purpose. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/how-should-leaders-respond-to-an-external-shock/?id=li20200429

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
It’s usually not a good idea to copy what another church is doing without considering your context. However, all of us can learn from other congregations are doing. Some wise church leaders regularly ask this question.
* What are churches just a bit larger than ours doing from which we can learn?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/. Only $5 for a limited time.

Online Summer Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. CM-142 Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 1-5, 2020) and CM-137 Church Finances (July 6-10, 2020) are each 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Other online summer courses from Wesley include Ministry & Self-Care; Bonhoeffer in a Post Truth World; Solution-based Pastoral Care; Howard Thurman: Mystic, Prophetic, Theologian; and many more. Registration is now open, and some classes start May 26. See the full list of online summer and fall courses and register now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/admissions/try-a-class-2/

Giving Up to Our Potential
It’s often said that Christians are the most generous people. Unfortunately, it turns out this claim is not entirely true. Even though Christians are more generous than non-religious Americans, that’s not much to brag about. The vast majority of Christians are not giving up to their potential or in proportion to what their faith teaches. Read “To the Point: Giving Up to Our Potential.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-to-point-giving-up-to-our-potential?id=li20200429

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“The Adept Church” by Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. helps congregations develop realistic roadmaps for navigating between “a rock and a hard place.” The book outlines a clear process for defining a church’s current reality in order to make the strategic decisions to determine the direction it needs to go. This theologically grounded, yet practical guide is for church leaders seeking to save their churches. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/the-adept-church-navigating-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/?id=li20200429

Quotable Leadership
“If we forget our past, we won’t remember our future and it will be as well because we won’t have one.” — Flannery O’Connor

Regularly $75 — Now Only $50 through April 30
Adult Christian Studies for Distance Learning
To provide churches an alternative to in-person study groups during this time of social distancing, we’ve made these studies available on download: Simply Christian, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Religion and Science, and Women Speak of God. And through April 30 we’ve reduced the price to allow more churches to benefit from distance learning. Journey Through the Psalms is also available for only $5. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/?id=li20200422

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