Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

The 4 “C’s” of Impactful Leadership
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe says that courage, conviction, collaboration, and creativity are four characteristics of effective leadership evident in the powerful legacy of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. These four “C’s” can also set apart our leadership if we learn to harness their collective power. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-4-cs-of-impactful-leadership/?id=li20200205

3 Ways to Lead More Collaboratively
Justin Irving and Mark Strauss write that collaboration is an important factor contributing to effective leadership. Leading with humility, celebrating the contributions of others, and embracing the benefits of teamwork are three key principles vital to more successful organizational leadership. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-ways-to-lead-more-collaboratively/?id=li20200205

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Robert Greenleaf, whose name is associated with the concept of servant leadership, said that pacing oneself by appropriate withdrawal is one of the best ways for leaders to make optimal use of their energy and resources. He suggests using this question:
* How can I use myself to serve best?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Application Deadline is February 15 for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2020 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 by February 15. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?id=li20200205

Free Video Study Series
Let’s Talk about Faith and Race
“Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race” is a dialogue about race in America that may be used to help your church bring people together to talk about moving forward bravely and boldly in the name of Christ. The resource is divided into four 15-minute videos which may be used in one or more sessions. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/moving-faith-communities-fruitful-conversations-race/?id=li20200205

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

Looking for an Adult Study for Lent?
Bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your congregation’s small groups and classes with studies from the Lewis Center and the Wesley Ministry Network. Our studies encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection. Titles include: “Changes Congregations Face,” “Leading Like Nehemiah,” “The Methodist Class Leader,” “Simply Christian,” “Religion and Science,” “Serious Answers to Hard Questions,” “Journey through the Psalms,” and more. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork?id=li20200205

Quotable Leadership
“The dynamics of privilege have allowed mainline Protestants to sort themselves away from the differences they profess to cherish.” — Graham Reside

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. “50 Ways to Take Church to the Community” provides tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community/?id=li20200205

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