Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Preach Like Ted
Charley Reeb says preachers should take a lesson from TED Talks — the 18-minute internet videos that have reached over a billion people worldwide. The popularity of TED Talks suggests people still hunger for powerful, authentic discussion of ideas, especially when presented in novel and memorable ways. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/preach-like-ted/?id=li20190821

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 39
“Pastor as Community Activist” featuring Heber Brown, III
How can pastors be on the frontlines of community activism while also being faithful to their call? In this episode we speak with Heber Brown III, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and founder of the Black Church Food Security Network, about his work for racial justice in Baltimore and beyond. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-39-pastor-as-community-activist-featuring-heber-brown-iii/?id=li20190821

Fruitful Leaders Ask Questions
The paradigm of “leader as expert” doesn’t work in a world where the questions keep changing and old answers no longer apply. Daniel Cash and William Griffith say effective leaders ask the right questions to unleash the creativity of the group and surface new approaches to adaptive challenges. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/fruitful-leaders-ask-questions/?id=li20190821

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In 2018, Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old from Carmel, Indiana, who was battling a rare bone cancer, became an inspirational figure for his beloved Purdue football team. Knowing that every day could be his last, he was grateful for every moment and reminded us all “that we are all in hospice to a certain degree.” He posed this incisive question:
* Why can’t we make every day count like it’s the last?

“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Adult Christian Study and E-book
Church leaders have always looked to scripture for wisdom on how God’s leaders are to fulfill their callings. One such leader is Nehemiah. This six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that are an inspiration and guide to faith leaders today. The accompanying study and discussion guide provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. An e-book is also included with the study or may be purchased separately. Learn more about the study and e-book now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/?id=li20190821

Want More Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders”
In response to requests for a collection of questions used in “The Right Question” column over the years, we have organized selected ones by topic and offer them in four volumes. Topics cover challenges that nearly all church leaders face and make great starting points for discussions in church meetings, small groups, and sermons. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/?id=li20190821

Support the Lewis Center
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Tools for Dealing with Racism and Violence
The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race offers resources to model the divine love of Christ in response to racism and violence. It’s especially important for laity and clergy in white congregations and other predominantly white spaces to “learn, act and speak clearly in opposition to hate speech and violence,” says the commission. Learn more. http://www.gcorr.org/more-than-gun-laws-more-than-mental-health-lets-talk-about-mass-violence-fueled-by-white-supremacy/?id=li20190821

Quotable Leadership
“The most effective way to influence both individual and institutional behavior is to ask questions.” — Lyle E. Schaller

“The Methodist Class Leader” Adult Christian Study
Originally $75, now $25 for the first 300 purchasers thanks to a generous contribution!
This seven-session video-based study curriculum examines the office of Methodist class leader. Class leaders and class meetings were part of the genius of the original Methodist movement. Yet, in many branches of Methodism today, the office no longer exists or has devolved into a merely token role. This study draws on the extensive work of Dr. David Lowes Watson, a leading scholar of Methodist history and an advocate for the revitalization of the office of class leader. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-methodist-class-leader/?id=li20190821

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