Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Leading between Faith and Patriotism
Lovett H. Weems Jr. writes that preaching at the time of a national holiday offers opportunities and dangers. He says it is important to approach the holiday theme through the lens of biblical faith, especially in today’s deeply polarized political climate. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leading-between-faith-and-patriotism/

Discipling People in Midlife and Beyond
Older adults are leaving or downsizing church involvement at rates comparable to that of younger adults, says Michelle Van Loon. Churches that typically focus most of their energy on early-stage faith training need to give similar attention to the spiritual needs of those in the second half of life. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/discipling-people-in-midlife-and-beyond/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Leaders regularly get criticism. It can become easy to dismiss such feedback. Carey Nieuwhof suggests that effective leaders have the self-confidence and maturity to use this question at such times.
* Is there any truth in this?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

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=li2020506

Why Young Clergy Matter
“Young clergy aren’t necessarily better. They’re just younger. And that matters.”
Having a proportionate number of young persons entering ordained ministry is vital to the vibrancy of the church, as well as its ability to attract younger congregants and form new congregations. And it is essential for developing the long-term experience in ministry necessary for the most challenging assignments. Read “To the Point: Why Young Clergy Matter.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-why-young-clergy-matter/

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What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turn-key tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. The tool kit features videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Quotable Leadership
“Religious liberty does not mean persons can do whatever they please. The limits of religious liberty have to do with whether its exercise causes harm to another.” — Molly Marshall

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