Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways to Make Christmas Eve Hospitality the Pattern for the Year
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says special efforts to welcome visitors at Christmas shouldn’t be set aside once the holiday is over. He outlines four ways the hospitality of the Christmas season can be the launching pad for more intentional visitor welcome throughout the year. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-make-christmas-eve-hospitality-the-pattern-for-the-year/?id=li20191204

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 46
“How Can Churches Thrive in a Time Cultural and Institutional Change?” featuring David McAllister-Wilson
How can churches and church-related organizations thrive in a time of rapid cultural change and deteriorating institutional structures? In this episode we speak with David McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley Theological Seminary, about new models of church, new ways of preparing people for ministry, and the importance a renewed vision that engages nontraditional leaders. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-46-how-can-churches-thrive-in-a-time-cultural-and-institutional-change-featuring-david-mcallister-wilson/?id=lit20191204

Will Your Christmas Visitors Feel Celebrated or Shamed?
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff says Christmas visitors can leave feeling shamed or belittled if church insiders project a holier-than-thou attitude. The preparation of Advent, she says, should include prayer about and discernment of how we might reflect the heart of our Father in welcoming all who seek the Christ Child at Christmas. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/will-your-christmas-visitors-feel-celebrated-or-shamed/?id=li20191204

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Clarifying priorities is one of the most important tasks for leaders. Effectiveness and fruitfulness require that that energy goes to the most significant issues. Church consultant Mike Bonem suggests some questions to help leaders do this.
* What must I make time for? If I don’t do anything else this week, I need to make progress on this.
* What part of my schedule must not be changed?
* Where can I say “no”?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Will Your Church Meet Budget?
To answer this vital question, you need to track giving accurately according to your church’s unique pattern of giving — not simply the budget divided by 12 months. The Congregational Giving Profile Video Tool Kit helps you track finances based on the way people in your church actually give, establishing a more meaningful system of monitoring and reporting progress on your budget. The resource includes easy-to-use templates, video instruction sessions, and sample profiles. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/congregational-giving-profile-cgp-download?id=li20191204

A Letter to Churches Seeking New Members
After visiting several churches, Lyda K. Hawes offers candid observations for congregations seeking new members, including “No public humiliation. No stalking. Remember us. And tell us what you really believe.” Read To the Point: A Letter to Churches Seeking New Members. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-a-letter-to-churches-seeking-new-members?id=li20191204

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Looking for an Adult Study for the New Year?
Video-based study curricula from the Lewis Center and the Wesley Ministry Network bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your church. These insightful studies encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection, and are ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork?id=li20191204

Quotable Leadership
“Even in our secularized society, there is still a thread of understanding that perceives Christmas as holy time. On Christmas Eve, it’s as if the world stops and looks at the church and says, ‘What do you have to say?'” — Rev. Mack Strange

Read “John Wesley’s Message Today” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
With its plain, easy-to-understand language, this Pocket Guide will help you understand the major aspects of John Wesley’s theology. You will discover what Wesley believed about the image of God and original sin, stewardship, justification by faith, the witness of the Spirit, social holiness, and more. This 96-page booklet also offers study questions that will help you or your group discuss the importance of Wesley’s ideas for Christians today. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/john-wesleys-message-today/?id=li20191204

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