Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Eliminating the Downward Drag of Ministry Clutter
Michael Kurtz explains that churches are quick to add new programs but slow to eliminate older ones, creating ministry clutter and program overload. Regular pruning is required to regain focus. He outlines three guidelines for deciding where to cut back.
Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/eliminating-the-downward-drag-of-ministry-clutter?id=li20190102

3 Deresolutions to Start the New Year
Mike Bonem says effective leaders are strategic in deciding what not to do. He advocates resolving to drop inconsequential tasks and delegate work peripheral to your core responsibilities as well as tasks that would help other leaders develop.
Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-deresolutions-to-start-the-new-year?id=li20190102

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
A few years ago, the Lewis Center staff were all asked to respond to four questions as a way of determining the shape of the Center’s next chapter. Perhaps these questions can help in your situation.
1. Raise? What acts and activities could profitably be raised above their current level?
2. Reduce? What acts and activities could be reduced from the current level of time and energy?
3. Eliminate? What acts and activities could be eliminated?
4. Add? What things could we do that we are not now doing that, if done well, would take us to new levels of mission effectiveness?Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take in 2019?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. The tool kit features videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more.
Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church?id=20190102

Stop Complaining about Sunday Morning Sports
It’s a common complaint among clergy types, “Sunday morning sports are taking people away from worship!” The antidote is an understanding of vocation through which people see their entire lives as their ministry, suggests to “To the Point: Stop Complaining about Sunday Morning Sports.”
Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-stop-complaining-about-sunday-morning-sports?id=20190102

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 Education Study for Lent?
The Wesley Ministry Network offers insightful video-based ecumenical studies that encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection. Ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes, courses include video lessons, Leader’s Guides, Participant’s Guides, and more.
Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork?id=li20190102

Quotable Leadership
“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out.” — Dee Hock

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=li20190102

Editor: Dr. Ann A. Michel (amiche@wesleyseminary.edu)
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