Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Characteristics of Biblical Evangelism
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says biblical evangelism is characterized by four key practices — proclamation, community, service, and witness. Focusing on these practices can demystify the concept of evangelism and strengthen a congregation’s evangelistic efforts. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-characteristics-of-biblical-evangelism?id=li20181205

Room at the Inn
Doug Ruffle, who once served as a missionary in Argentina, shares the heartwarming story of a Christmas pageant that went off script, yet captured the true meaning of Christmas. It invites us to make room for the Christ Child in our lives. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/room-at-the-inn?id=li20181205

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
As you are planning your website or reviewing your current website, you might make sure these basic questions are answered.
* What is our vision for our constituents and community?
* What is it like here?
* What can people expect?
* How are we serving?
* How can you connect?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take in 2019?
Discovering God’s Future for Your Church is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. The tool kit features videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church?id=li20181205

50 Ways to Welcome New People This Christmas
Your church will soon be filled with first-time visitors, so it’s vital to make a good first impression. 50 Ways to Welcome New People provides strategies and tips to ensure your guests feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people?id=li20181205

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

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=li20181205

Quotable Leadership
“Governance practices should direct organizations toward the future and hold them accountable to the vision.” — Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson Elton

Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2019 in Washington, DC
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer a 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.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/leadership-excellence/?id=li20181205