Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways to Create Accountability for Discipleship
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says it’s common for many individuals within a congregation to be responsible for discipleship. But often, no one person is accountable for it. He suggests having a discipleship coordinator who can help define clearly the meaning of discipleship and integrate it into all areas of church life. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-create-accountability-for-discipleship?id=li20190123

Episode 25
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Toward a Culture of Joyful Generosity”
Has stewardship become a dirty word in your congregation? Stewardship consultant Cesie Delve Scheuermann speaks with Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel about cultivating generosity through simple practices of gratitude and sharing the good that money can do in the church and the world. Listen now. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-25-toward-a-culture-of-joyful-generosity-featuring-cesie-delve-scheuermann?id=li20190123

The Problem with Being Spiritual but Not Religious
Tom Bandy explains that the rise in the number of people who claim to be spiritual but not religious is a manifestation of a larger societal trend to personalize and control the way individuals experience the world. But Bandy maintains that religion can never be personalized because the search for meaning is a shared desire and because control of the meaning of life lies with a transcendent God. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-problem-with-being-spiritual-but-not-religious?id=li20190123

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When beginning any new initiative, two questions to keep in mind are:
* What are the indicators we will monitor to determine if this effort is effective?
* Who will review the effectiveness of the initiative other than those who are leading it?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Adult Education Study: “Religion and Science – Pathways to Truth”
Is it possible to be a Christian and take science seriously? Must we choose between God and science? The nine lessons in this essential and inspiring course offer a positive alternative: a way to live in today’s world as scientifically informed believers. “Religion and Science” is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/religion-science-pathways-truth?id=li20190123

To the Point: Should Pastors Know What Members Give?
When Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel teaches on stewardship, this question invariably comes up: “Should pastors have access to contribution records?” There are valid pastoral, spiritual, and developmental reasons why pastors should know what people give. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-should-pastors-know-what-members-give?id=li20190123

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Learn to Increase Active Engagement in Your Church
What can you do when 20 percent of your congregation does 80 percent of the serving, learning, and leading? The “Increasing Active Engagement” Tool Kit includes videos, narrated presentations, outlines of key points, and supplementary materials to help you get people involved and engaged. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/increasing-active-engagement-download?id=li20190123

Quotable Leadership
“We must not be discouraged that the threads of our social texture cross one another. We must remember that nothing can be woven out of threads that all run the same way.” — Emily Greene Balch, Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, 1946

What Can Church Do for the Burned-Out Generation?
“I’ve never known how to explain to older church members why their children or grandchildren just aren’t as involved as they are. It’s not that these younger generations don’t attend church or don’t profess faith or don’t want to be involved. It’s that they just … aren’t,” writes Laura Patterson for Ministry Matters. Read more now. https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/9436/what-can-the-church-do-for-the-burned-out-generation?id=li20190123

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