Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Steps to a More Welcoming Church Building
Lovett Weems reminds us that visitors often form a first impression of a church based on the appearance of the areas they first encounter, such as the parking lot, entry, and restrooms. He recommends four steps to assess and improve the message sent to newcomers by the condition of your facilities. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-steps-to-a-more-welcoming-church-building/?id=li20200219

4 Ways to Multiply Disciples the Way Jesus Did
Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird explain that for our ministries to have a truly exponential impact, all of us need to be mentoring, developing, and multiplying disciples. They share four key learnings about how Jesus nurtured his followers by investing time in them. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-multiply-disciples-the-way-jesus-did/?id=li20200219

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Both individual leaders and congregations can benefit from identifying those things that we do occasionally or when requested that seem important and appreciated. There are other practices that we do sometimes but just as often we fail to do. This question may help:
* What are some things that we should do more consistently? How will we do that?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“Be the Welcoming Church”
Best practices for cultivating welcoming worship, church buildings, congregations, websites, and more
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable with “Be the Welcoming Church.” This study includes engaging videos, a Study and Discussion Guide, and more. “Be the Welcoming Church” features the segment “How Welcoming is Your Building?” in which presenter Lovett H. Weems, Jr., outlines steps to make sure your building and grounds make a good first impression. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in adult classes and groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?id=li20200219

How Do New People See Your Church?
We asked church members in several states to attend nearby churches as visitors and report on their findings. Many reflected on the difficulty churches have in viewing things from the perspective of persons new to their church. The challenge is to think of everything from arrival to departure — signage, hospitality, bulletins, and more — from the vantage point of someone who has never been to your church before. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-do-new-people-see-your-church?id=li20200219

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Quotable Leadership
“Churches are likely to grow toward partnership among their members when there is a dynamic of leadership behavior among a variety of people and not just one leader.” — Letty Russell

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