Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Nurturing a Dementia-Friendly Church
Bishop Kenneth Carder considers how churches can be in ministry with those with dementia and their families. His practical advice to congregations is informed by his poignant personal journey and his profound reflection on the spiritual aspects of coping with dementia. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/nurturing-a-dementia-friendly-church/?id=li20200129

Ways Your Building Can Generate Income and Bless Your Community
Mark DeYmaz writes that churches should leverage their buildings and real estate not just to survive, but to thrive. Using your building more creatively can not only generate income but also expand your presence in the community and bless your neighbors. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/ways-your-building-can-generate-income-and-bless-your-community/?id=li20200129

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches are notorious for their focus on activities that have no definable goal as if good intentions and hard work are enough to produce results. A question leaders and groups must ask of every effort undertaken is:
* What result do we hope to achieve by doing this?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Track Congregational Attendance Better
The “Congregational Attendance Profile” Video Tool Kit doesn’t just track attendance — it reveals clues to improve attendance. By using the included templates, you may effortlessly produce a two-year trends chart showing the big picture. Churches have shown major improvement in attendance by acting on lessons learned from this resource. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/congregational-attendance-profile-cap-download?id=li20200129

Register for Ministry Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
From American University and the Lewis Center
March 5-7, 2020 | Washington, DC
The Ministry Entrepreneurship Certificate Program guides you in thinking beyond the old ways of doing church so that you become a more effective leader. The program is designed for pastors and other ministry leaders seeking innovative ways of addressing ministry challenges today. Sessions: Emotional Intelligence; Sustaining while Disrupting; and Design Thinking. Learn more and register now. https://www.churchleadership.com/ministry-entrepreneurship-certificate-program/?id=li20200129

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

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 ideas can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education?id=li20200129

Quotable Leadership
“No goal is so purely spiritual that it requires no money, space, or time, and … no action is so financial as to lack ethical or spiritual implications.” — Dan Hotchkiss

NEW!
“Changes Congregations Face”
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, from finances to faith formation, the church is changing. This new leadership study explores these topics and more, along with discussion questions and action steps. “Changes Congregations Face” is an ideal conversation starter for your small groups, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. The 39-page document may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Only $3.99. Learn more and view a sample unit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/?id=li20200129

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