Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Resurrection Hope and the Response to COVID-19
Resurrection involves transformation and to proclaim resurrection hope is to affirm the possibility of change. Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff sees resurrection hope in the willingness of so many churches to embrace new and innovative approaches to ministry in this time of uncertainty and travail. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/resurrection-hope-and-the-response-to-covid-19/?id=li20200408

Choosing Joy in the Face of Disruption and Loss
We can choose to dwell on the loss and change COVID-19 has brought to our lives, or we can shift our focus and choose joy. American University’s Bryan Champion says during this time of isolation we have received the precious gift of time to spend with those most dear to us, advance goals, and improve our own leadership. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/staying-connected-in-a-time-of-social-distancing/?id=li20200325

COVID-19 Resources
Leading Ideas articles, podcast episodes, and links — https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/covid-19/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In times of rapid change, it is more important than ever to learn from what is happening. Even in times of chaos, says Gil Rendle, there are observations and clues that reflection and questioning can bring out. Such learning should be followed by this question he suggests:
* What now will we do with this?
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“Journey Through the Psalms” Video-Based Adult Christian Study Now Available on Download for Distance Learning
Regularly $75 – Now Only $5 through April 30
To provide churches an alternative to in-person study groups during this time of social distancing, we have made “Journey Through the Psalms” available on download. And through April 30 we’ve reduced the price from $75 to only $5 to allow more churches to benefit from distance learning. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/?id=li20200408

NEW: How-To Guide for Online Studies
To help congregations that might be unfamiliar with the technical aspects of distance learning, we’ve put together a How-To Guide with tips, suggestions, and links to helpful video tutorials to get your study groups online. Includes information on Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype. Open the How-To Guide at https://www.churchleadership.com/how-to-guide-for-online-studies/?id=li20200408.

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Watch “Leadership Lessons that Shaped My Ministry”
From seminary student to seminary president, and from local church pastor to founding director of the Lewis Center, Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., has devoted his life to serving God and the church. He shares the leadership lessons that have shaped his many years of ministry. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/leadership-lessons-that-shaped-my-ministry/?id=li20200401

Quotable Leadership
“From the Exodus and American slavery to the Holocaust and apartheid, faith in action has served as the North Star for generations of believers – an enduring force that centered morality in the fight for justice and has helped sustain oppressed people through the worst of times.” — LaShawn Warren

Apply by April 20 for the Renowned Lewis Fellows Program for Outstanding Young Clergy
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Applications are due by April 20, 2020. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li2020408

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