February 6, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
3 Leadership Principals from Archbishop Tutu
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe learned through firsthand experience working with Desmond Tutu the key principals of the archbishop’s leadership effectiveness. Powe says Archbishop Tutu was fully present to whomever he was with. He regarded even opponents as children of God. And he remained persistent in the face of problems, large and small. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-leadership-principals-from-archbishop-tutu?id=li20190206
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast:”Every Sunday is the Superbowl” featuring Robert C. Wright
How can you effectively change a church culture? In this episode, Bishop Robert C. Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta shares insights with Lewis Center Director Doug Powe about leading struggling congregations through change. Listen now. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-26-every-sunday-is-the-superbowl-featuring-robert-c-wright?id=li20190206
Leaders Learn to Work with Difficult People
When confronted with a difficult person, do you try to work around them or just complain behind their back? Lewis Center staffer Ann Michel says effective leaders find ways to collaborate with problematic people if their support and help is crucial to their objectives. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leaders-learn-to-work-with-difficult-people?id=li20190206
The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Charles Zech, a retired Villanova professor, encourages congregations to focus more carefully on what they are accomplishing. Some questions he suggests are:
* How will we know when we are accomplishing our mission?
* How will we know that we have impacted our parishioners?
* How will we know how effective the church staff is?
* How will we know if our programs are effective?
*bHow will we know how to allocate our financial resources?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/
Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2019 in Washington, DC
“The coursework and faculty were passionate and diverse, delving into cutting-edge areas and methods I had never used or considered. The development of my own project changed the direction of my work and ministry forever.” — United Methodist pastor
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. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2019. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence?id=li20190206
Free Video: Engaging Young Adults
Engaging young adults in church, historically a challenge, is even more difficult today. What should your congregation do? And not do? This brief video shares clues from a Faith Communities Today report on improving ministry with younger people. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/engaging-young-adults?id=li20190206
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Adult Education Study: Serious Answers to Hard Questions
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Topics include the existence of evil, the relationship between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more. “Serious Questions to Hard Answers” is an outstanding introductory-level study that appeals to a very wide audience and is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions?id=li20190206
“What the world doesn’t understand, it either worships or fears.” — Alice Walker
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