Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Goals that Promote Healthy Multicultural Ministry
Drawing on his experience in a cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry setting, Albert Shuler explains that successful multicultural ministry depends on clear goals and objectives. The ultimate goal of creating a healthy interaction between cultures rests on the initial goals of minimizing conflict, recognizing differences, and respecting differences. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-goals-that-promote-healthy-multicultural-ministry?id=li20190116

Make Decisions with Your Head but Implement Them with Your Heart
Communication specialist Theodore May explains that the tendency to lead from the heart often impedes rational decision making in churches. But it can be an advantage when it comes to implementing key decisions. Churches, he says, can be particularly effective in creating compelling narratives to generate support for their decisions. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/make-decisions-with-your-head-but-implement-them-with-your-heart?id=li20190116

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Carey Nieuwhof finds these questions helpful for a quick checkup on how you are doing as a leader.
1. Is anyone following you? If no one’s following, you are not leading.
2. Who is following you? High capacity leaders will attract other high capacity people.
3. Who are you following? Who’s mentoring you? With whom do you spend time?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Welcome and Engage Newcomers
Learn concepts and strategies to welcome and respond to your first-time and repeat visitors, reach younger generations, expand your church’s entry points, and get new people involved. “The New Welcome” Video Tool Kit helps you open your church to new people by acknowledging the changing ways that people enter into the life of congregations. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-new-welcome-download?id=li20190116

Free Video: “The New Realities of Engaging Newcomers”
This five-minute video by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. provides an overview of how new people are coming into church communities in different ways than previously, what it means for your congregation, and what you can do to engage these newcomers today. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/the-new-realities-of-engaging-newcomers?id=li20190116

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
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Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults better? “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults,” a curated collection of “Leading Ideas” articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical e-book is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/?id=li20190116

Quotable Leadership
“Encourage people to fall in love with your mission, not your methods.” — Carey Nieuwhof

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. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence?id=li20190116

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