Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Reengaging People During Lent
Tom Berlin shares Floris United Methodist Church’s plan for reaching out during Lent to those feeling distant from the church. Each household will receive a Lenten gift bag with everything needed to participate in a Lenten study, join a small group, and attend Holy Week and Easter services. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/reengaging-people-during-lent/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 71
“Recalibrating the Church” featuring Scott Cormode
Why is change so difficult for churches? In this episode we speak with Scott Cormode about how church leaders can break free of common myths that cloud our thinking about change and how to embrace processes that sow the seeds of meaningful innovation. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-71-recalibrating-the-church-featuring-scott-cormode/

5 Simple Ways to Grow New Leaders
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center suggests ways churches can breathe life into stagnant leadership structures by employing simple organic approaches to leadership development. The key is understanding how formal and informal leadership systems can work together in a healthy leadership culture. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-simple-ways-to-grow-new-leaders/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Scott Cormode captures the dilemma of church leaders today in this perceptive question:
* How do you help people change who desperately need to change but desperately do not want to change?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. “More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders, in churches both large and small, discover a more fruitful way of being in ministry together. Learn more and watch video previews now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

Teaching Children to Tithe
Teaching children to tithe is an important part of their faith education that we often overlook. “To the Point: Teaching Children to Tithe” suggests using “money jars” to reinforce giving to God, a core value of our faith that should be taught early. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-teaching-children-to-tithe/

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New Doctor of Ministry begins in May
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness
In a world that is all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace.
What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead, he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. Learn more and apply today. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/public-engagement/

Quotable Leadership
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lead Your Small Groups on a Journey through the Psalms
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms with Journey through the Psalms, an eight-session video-based study that is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, “Journey Through the Psalms” invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/

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