Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 12, 2020

February 12, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Things to Do When a Church Is in Decline
Ron Edmondson says addressing decline promptly and honestly is difficult but critical work for congregations in a slump. Objectively evaluating problems, avoiding blame, and charting a clear way forward are some of the steps he recommends. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-things-to-do-when-a-church-is-in-decline/?id=li20200212

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 49
“What is Messy Church?” featuring Johannah Myers
Looking for a creative, new way to bring people of all ages into a space where they can meet Jesus? We speak with Johannah Myers about Messy Church, a global movement born of the desire to reach individuals and families not attracted to traditional Sunday morning services. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-49-what-is-messy-church/?id=li20200212

3 Keys to Congregational Success: Meaning, Belonging and Values
Dave Brubaker says making meaning of life, providing a network of relationships, and transmitting essential values are three essential ways congregations respond to core human needs. These aspects of congregational life are key to success and may help reach “Nones” and others missing from our pews. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-keys-to-congregational-success-meaning-belonging-and-values/?id=li20200212

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Ronald Heifetz suggests that leaders begin tackling issues for which there is already a sense of urgency among the people. He calls this urgency the “ripeness” of a challenge. The question he suggests for testing such ripeness is:
* Has the issue fastened in people’s minds?
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?
“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=2020212

Apply by April 20 for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows Program
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Applications are due by April 20, 2020. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li20200212

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Learn 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” and learn how your church can demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/?id=li20200212

Quotable Leadership
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou

Moving, Pastor?
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20200212

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