Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

8 Trends Impacting Church Leadership for 2021
Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center identify eight notable trends in 2020’s swirl of change. Some trends have been underway for some time, but accelerated significantly in the past year, for example the church’s embrace of online ministry. But in other areas, the events of 2020 have led to renewed emphasis on the basics — prayer, fellowship, faith formation, and the call to racial justice. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/8-trends-impacting-church-leadership-for-2021/

6 Reasons Your Church Needs a Planned Giving Program
David Heetland says churches would more commonly receive sizable bequests if they put in place well-defined planned giving programs. He outlines six ways that planned giving can benefit a congregation and its members. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-reasons-your-church-needs-a-planned-giving-program/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Gerald W. Keucher suggests using the “successor test” when making changes, especially to facilities. He says that when you plan any repair, including what colors to paint, ask these questions:
• Will our successors thank us for doing the repair in this way?
• Or would they mutter, “What were those people thinking?”
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

LPLI Staff Version Provides Better Feedback for Staff Development
For Christian Educators, Program Directors, Youth Directors, Children’s Ministry Directors, Church Administrators, Music Directors, Mission Coordinators, and more
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI: Staff Version provides better feedback for staff development and includes a free guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” designed to lead a staff member through a process of analyzing their results, discussing their results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve their effectiveness. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/

Learn Strategies to Identify and Support New Volunteer Leaders
How can you best support and affirm existing leaders? Help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meetings matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity/

Young but Not Clergy?
The Lewis Center Seeks Input from Younger Adults Who Have Stepped Away from Ordination in the UMC
For many years the Lewis Center for Church Leadership has researched clergy age trends and explored reasons for the decline in the number of young clergy. We are currently seeking input from younger adults (age 40 or under) who may have sensed a call to ministry but decided not to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church or dropped out of the ordination process. If you are “young but not clergy” we invite you to share your perspectives by responding to a brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youngnotclergy. If you know someone who is “young but not clergy,” please share this survey with them. Thank you for your participation. Take the survey now. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youngnotclergy

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Year-End Savings End Friday
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Quotable Leadership
“Diversity can be a tremendous asset…. But this advantage isn’t automatic…. It’s our shared moral and organizational imperative to create workplaces where the burdens of being different are shouldered by all of us.” — Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

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New cohort begins in May
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the 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/

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