Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Emerging Trends Impacting Church Life
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe and Associate Director Ann A. Michel reiterate the importance of nine major trends they outlined last year. They also name five other emerging trends ranging from the rise of digital ministry to the waning influence of denominational institutions. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-emerging-trends-impacting-church-life/?id=li20200108

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 47
“The New Face of Missional Ministry” featuring Tom Berlin
How can a congregation be more effective in developing a missional presence? In this episode we speak with Tom Berlin, lead pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, about how being adaptive can help churches better live into a more fruitful missional sensibility. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-47-the-new-face-of-missional-ministry-featuring-tom-berlin/?id=li20200108

Get Off to a Great Start with Volunteers in the New Year
Deborah Ike says the fresh start of a New Year is a great time to implement strategies to strengthen your volunteer team. Her tips include expressing gratitude, seeking feedback, developing volunteer leaders, and delegating more. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/get-off-to-a-great-start-with-volunteers-in-the-new-year/?id=li20200108

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
The Resourceful Communities program of The Conservation Fund suggests seven questions congregations should ask when considering a community ministry.
1. What resources does your church have to engage in a ministry project?
2. What do you know about your community that has inspired this ministry idea and what more do you need to know?
3. Who are you partnering with in this ministry?
4. Who will primarily benefit from your ministry?
5. How can those who will benefit be a part of the planning process?
6. How do you know that people will utilize and benefit from your ministry?
7. What specific need is your ministry addressing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

New 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. New 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/?id=li20200108

Learn to Motivate and Connect with Volunteers
Strong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. “50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement” offers tips to help you lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-active-engagement/?id=li20200108

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

NEW Adult Leadership Study Curriculum
“Changes Congregations Face”
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, 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. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/?id=li20200106

Quotable Leadership
“When everything you do is focused on people who already attend your church, you create barriers for engaging new people. And that’s how your church starts to die.” — Tony Morgan

Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2020 in Washington, DC
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 by February 15, 2020.. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?id=litop20200108

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