August 26, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
5 Essential Practices of a Hero-Making Leader
Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird say that effective leaders focus less on being the hero themselves and more on making other people heroes in God’s unfolding story. This hero-making approach to leadership development is rooted in Jesus’ ministry and rests upon five essential mindset shifts that build the kingdom through the power of multiplication. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-essential-practices-of-a-hero-making-leader/
4 Tools the Pandemic Has Uncovered for Special-Needs Ministry
Sandra Peoples, a leading voice for the special-needs community, says the modifications churches have made to reach members during the COVID-19 crisis have made special-needs families more connected than ever. She believes new ways of reaching out to those in isolation could continue to bless these families long after the pandemic has passed. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/4-tools-the-pandemic-has-uncovered-for-special-needs-ministry/
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
There are more good ideas than any church or church leader can pursue. The challenge is sorting out the ones that will matter most. One question that may help is:
* To what extent will this help those we serve?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.
New Doctor of Ministry begins May 2021
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness
What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. In a world that’s all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace. Learn more and apply now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/public-engagement/
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/
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Leading in Crisis: Keeping the Mission Alive
How do we witness the Good News when today’s news seems so bleak? The Lewis Center’s Frederick Douglas Powe Jr. and others offered answers on the Leading in Crisis webcast from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Watch now. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3425218294208553&extid=UYSG9lpL5Gp8mD4I
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” — Audre Lorde
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