Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Is Your Church like Fine China? Proper, Pretty, and Only for Special Occasions?
Cynthia Weems says that our churches have become like fine china — perfect and proper but locked away in a cabinet except on special occasions and increasingly irrelevant. Renewal requires a different, less fragile image of Christian life — the biblical image of a potter constantly reworking a flawed vessel until it becomes useful. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-church-like-fine-china-proper-pretty-and-only-for-special-occasions/?id=li20190710

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 36
“Think Big” featuring Joe Daniels
How can a congregation make an impact no matter its size? In this episode we speak with Joe Daniels, the pastor of Emory Fellowship in Washington DC, and co-author of the new book, “Connecting for a Change: How to Engage People, Churches, and Partners to Inspire Hope in Your Community.” Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-36-think-big-featuring-joe-daniels/?id=li20190710

5 Turnoffs for Millennials Seeking a Church
Drawing on research conducted by the Barna Group, Jeremy Steele outlines some of the turnoffs for millennials when they visit new churches. An outdated digital presence and a lack of diversity top the list. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-turnoffs-for-millennials-seeking-a-church/?id=li20190710

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Ensuring that all events and special programs are reviewed each time they occur is an important role of leaders. Here are some possible questions to use:
* Did we have a clear purpose for this event (we will do x so that y happens)?
* In what ways does the event contribute to advancing our overall mission?
* Did we achieve our goal?
* To the extent that we did not, what did we learn that will help in the future?
* Is there a better way to accomplish the goal we sought?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey 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?id=20190710

How Do New People See Your Church?
We asked church members in several states to attend nearby churches as visitors and report on their findings. Many reflected on the difficulty churches have in viewing things from the perspective of persons new to their church. The challenge is to think of everything from arrival to departure — signage, hospitality, bulletins, and more – from the vantage point of someone who has never been to your church before. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-do-new-people-see-your-church?id=social20190710

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We Want Your Input on How Congregations Can Thrive!
Wesley Theological Seminary is exploring options for a new program to help local congregations thrive. Would you please take this brief survey to share with us how you define congregational thriving and what factors might enhance your congregation’s ability to thrive? We are grateful for your insight! Take survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WesleyThrivingCongregations

Quotable Leadership
“It’s a hard time to be church. Maybe it always is.” — Barbara Melosh

“Be the Welcoming Church” Video Tool Kit
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable
“Be the Welcoming Church” will help you develop a congregation-wide ethos of hospitality and institute best practices for greeting newcomers, making them feel at home, and encouraging them to return. The tool kit includes engaging videos, a Study and Discussion Guide, and more. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in adult classes or groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?id=li20190710

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