Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Reaching New People this Christmas is More Important than Ever
Ann Michel and Doug Powe of the Lewis Center write that the pandemic makes connecting with new people this Christmas more important than ever. But new ways of being and doing church adopted in the face of the coronavirus present some natural opportunities for outreach and evangelism during this holiday season. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/reaching-new-people-this-christmas-is-more-important-than-ever/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 69
“Practicing Ministry in Digital Spaces” featuring Keith Anderson
Most churches moved so quickly into digital ministry in 2020 that they have not had a chance to think about lessons learned or what comes next. In this episode, digital ministry expert Keith Anderson reflects on what we have learned and how our pandemic practices might reshape the future narrative of the church. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-69-practicing-ministry-in-digital-spaces/

11 Creative Ideas for Christmas Eve Worship in 2020
Looking for creative ways to worship this Christmas Eve? A group of Minnesota churches assembled this list of ways to gather safely to celebrate Christmas Eve during a time when churches can’t enjoy fully packed sanctuaries. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/11-creative-ideas-for-christmas-eve-worship-in-2020/

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.”
Co-pastors of a church designing Christmas Eve worship in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic asked members of their Worship Committee to name what had been most meaningful to them about Christmas Eve worship in the past. Recognizing that many traditions would not be possible this year, they changed the tone of the conversation in a way that created genuine excitement. They asked:
* What can we do this year that will be so memorable that people will be talking about it for decades to come?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Video-based Group Study Curriculum
Adult Studies for the New Year and Lent
Bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your congregation’s in-person and online small groups and classes with studies from the Lewis Center. Our video-based curriculum encourages energetic discussion and personal reflection on a number of subjects. Studies include: Changes Congregations Face, Journey through the Psalms, In God’s Time, Simply Christian, Religion and Science, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Leading Like Nehemiah, and more. Watch video previews and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork

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/

Support the Lewis Center
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Reach New Disciples this Christmas
Christmas is nearly upon us, and our Leading Ideas archives of past Christmas articles provide inspiration and ideas for your congregation this season. Even in this most unusual Christmas in this most unusual year, these articles will help you reach more people and unchurched people, provide opportunities for newcomers, attract children and families, offer inspiring giving for ministries, and much more. Explore Christmas articles now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/christmas/

Quotable Leadership
“The task of leadership during a sustained crisis … is treacherous…. People clamor for direction, while you are faced with a way forward that isn’t at all obvious. Twists and turns are the only certainty. Yet you still have to lead.” — Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky

Read “Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church”
Too often church advocates insist that if genuine change is to occur in the church, then they must throw out everything that has gone before. The problem with such calls for radical change is that they are not true to the way that genuine and lasting change takes place, says author Lovett H. Weems, Jr. In his book Take the Next Step he offers congregational leaders essential insights into how they can work with and through their churches’ ministries to bring about authentic and faithful growth. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/take-the-next-step-leading-lasting-change-in-the-church/

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