Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 5, 2020

August 5, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Ministering with Families in the Ongoing Pandemic
Emily Peck McClain describes the very real challenges children, youth, and families face during this time of upheaval and distance from physical church. She offers practical suggestions for how congregations can meet their material, spiritual, and emotional needs. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/ministering-with-families-in-the-ongoing-pandemic/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 61
“The Art of Hospitality” featuring Debi Nixon
How can your church welcome visitors in a way that delights them and lets them know they matter? In this episode we speak with Debi Nixon of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection about the essential Christian practice of hospitality. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-61-the-art-of-hospitality-featuring-debi-nixon/

3 Ways to Counter Online Fatigue
Are you and your church growing weary of so many online encounters? There are different ways of connecting safely that don’t involve staring at a screen, writes F. Douglas Powe Jr., director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) at Wesley Theological Seminary. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-ways-to-counter-online-fatigue/

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

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Sometimes not knowing how to do something can be an opening for someone else. Ask this question:
• What weakness of mine can I use as a way to engage the gifts of someone else?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2021
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

50 Ways to Welcome New People
Learn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time visitors. “50 Ways to Welcome New People” provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Even if your worship services are online, the basics of hospitality shared in this free tip sheet remain the same. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people/

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Your Local Schools Need You
Because of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to consider a school-focused initiative. Schoolchildren, parents, and teachers across the country are in need of supplies, meals, tutoring, and support during these unprecedented times. The “Engaging Local Schools” Video Tool Kit guides your congregation in discerning a vision for a school partnership that responds to the needs present in your neighborhood and utilizes the unique gifts your church has to offer. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/engaging-local-schools-download

Quotable Leadership
“Almost everyone who attends your church for the first time has already been to your church … online. All of which means the foyer moved.” — Carey Nieuwhof

Lead Your Small Groups on a Journey through the Psalms
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms with “Journey through the Psalms,” an eight-session video-based study that is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, “Journey Through the Psalms” invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/

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