Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 30, 2019

January 30, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Believe in Miracles and Act Accordingly
Research on rapidly growing churches helped Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee understand that miracles are happening in all our churches and communities all the time. Some churches and church leaders live and work and act like they believe this, and others don’t. This distinction makes all the difference. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/believe-in-miracles-and-act-accordingly?id=li20190130

3 Actions Churches Should Take in Light of #MeToo
Phill Martin, a clergy coach and an executive with the National Association of Church Business Administrators, says churches should take proactive steps to protect against the possibility of sexual abuse or misconduct before an incident arises. He says honesty, accountability, and resources can help prevent misconduct. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-actions-churches-should-take-in-light-of-metoo?id=li20190130

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Surveying the landscape in which your church does ministry is always helpful. These four questions might help.
* What are three trends affecting churches today?
* Which will make the most impact?
* How should we prepare?
* What steps can we take?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

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50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance
Worship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. Our free “50 Ways” tip sheet provides practical strategies to help you invite new people to attend worship; improve the attendance of current members; make your church visible and attractive; welcome worship guests warmly; and make worship accessible to newcomers. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-worship-attendance?id=li20190130

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

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 trend 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=li20190130

Quotable Leadership
“Most of us fear change even when we know that death is necessary for resurrection.” — Barbara Melosh

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=li20190130

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