Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Leading When You Don’t Know the Way
Consultant Susan Beaumont says church leaders need a different set of skills in ambiguous, disorienting periods of transition. In such seasons of change leaders must manage anxiety, embrace the freedom of unknowing, explore new possibilities and avoid acting prematurely. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leading-when-you-dont-know-the-way/?id=li20200122

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 48
“Congregational Renewal Begins with Breakthrough Prayer” by Sue Nilson Kibbey
Looking for ways to re-energize you congregation? In this episode we speak with church renewal expert Sue Nilson Kibbey about the central role of breakthrough prayer in helping a congregation shift the focus of its gaze up and out, rather than down and in. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-48-congregational-renewal-begins-with-breakthrough-prayer-by-sue-nilson-kibbey/?id=li20200122

The Case for Church Membership
People are less inclined today to join a church than in the past, even if they are interested and involved. But membership still matters, say Jayson Bradley, as it is a proclamation of commitment, belief, mutual support, and a desire to mature as part of a community. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-case-for-church-membership/?id=li20200122

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Historian James Hudnut-Beumler writes insightfully about both the history and future of mainline Protestantism. He features a simple but essential question that applies to all congregations. He says that the “whither mainline Protestantism” question hangs on an answer to this question:
* How do mainline Protestants recruit or bring in new members?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Apply by 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, 2020. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?id=li20200122

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take?
Discovering “God’s Future for Your Church” is a turn-key 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=20200122

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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Apply by April 20 for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows Program
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy (under the age of 35) from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Support for this program is provided by the Lilly Endowment’s Transition into Ministry initiative. Applications are due by April 20, 2020. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li20200122

Quotable Leadership
“Attention is the currency of leadership. Getting people to pay attention to tough issues rather than diversions is at the heart of strategy.” — Ronald Heifetz

Free PDF E-book
We appreciate your support of the Lewis Center! As our gift to you, please enjoy “50 Quotations for Fruitful Leaders” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Why a collection of quotations? The right phrase or succinct quotation can sometimes carry more power than long essays or intense discussion. Something seemingly complex seems clearer, or perhaps an issue that appeared narrow is seen now in a broader context. Often a quotation will spark our own imagination and inspire our own creativity. Download now free. https://www.churchleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/50-Quotations-for-Fruitful-Leaders-2019Update.pdf

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