January 15, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
F.I.S.H. Differently! Take Stock of all Available Capital Resources
Sidney Williams says that established congregations seeking to develop transformational ministries must learn to fish differently by taking full advantage of all the capital resource available to them — Faith Capital, Intellectual Capital, Social Capital, and Human Capital. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/f-i-s-h-differently-take-stock-of-all-available-capital-resources/?id=li20200115
5 Disciplines of Teams that Thrive
Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird studied leadership teams in more than 2,500 churches to discover the distinctive features of thriving teams. They found that the key factors in successful teamwork are a shared purpose, leveraging of differences among team members, exercising of leadership through inspiration rather than control, clear decision-making processes, and a culture of ongoing collaboration. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-disciplines-of-teams-that-thrive/?id=li20200115
The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Church leadership is about change toward the next faithful step God has for us. Situations often seem complex, but three simple questions can keep a leader focused.
* What is the change or result we are seeking?
* How far along are we in reaching this goal?
* What do we need to do next to reach the goal?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/
Learn Best Practices to Build and Fund You Capital Budget
Your capital budget isn’t just about facilities — it’s about using your facilities to further your church’s mission. The “Building and Funding Your Capital Budget” Video Tool Kit helps you understand what a capital budget is, how to engage the big questions about your church, and how to assess your current situation. No matter your church size, this resource provides clues and wisdom to help your capital budget advance your mission and accomplish God’s vision for your congregation. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/building-funding-capital-budget?id=li20200115
Grow and Affirm Your Church’s Volunteer Leaders
How can you best support and affirm existing leaders? Help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meeting matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in 50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity?id=li20200115
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Register for Ministry Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
From American University and the Lewis Center
March 5-7, 2020 | Washington, DC
The Ministry Entrepreneurship Certificate Program guides you in thinking beyond the old ways of doing church so that you become a more effective leader. The program is designed for pastors and other ministry leaders seeking innovative ways of addressing ministry challenges today. Sessions: Emotional Intelligence; Sustaining while Disrupting; and Design Thinking. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/ministry-entrepreneurship-certificate-program/?id=li20200115
“The leader is granted authority to lead because he or she is believed to be the best one to protect, interpret, and represent the core values and beliefs of the group, and to contribute to their realization.” — Penny Jamieson
Free Video Study: “Moving Faith Communities Forward”
“Moving Faith Communities Forward” is a dialogue about race in America and 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. “Moving Faith Communities Forward” is sponsored by the Community Engagement Institute at Wesley Theological Seminary. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/moving-faith-communities-fruitful-conversations-race/?id=li20200115
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