Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

3 Strategies for Doing Church Online
Heidi Campbell, who has studied online churches since the early days of the internet, describes three online church strategies that have emerged during the pandemic. The most common strategies mirror or modify the aspects of normal worship. But she sees the greatest promise in strategies that reimagine worship to take advantage of the unique possibilities of digital technology. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-strategies-for-doing-church-online/

The Search for New Leaders Begins with Prayer
Ken Willard and Kelly Brown say that prayer and study are necessary first steps in creating a leadership pathway for your church. They present six ideas for laying a spiritual foundation for a new leadership development process. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-search-for-new-leaders-begins-with-prayer/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
If an organization remains too protective of the old status quo, it can impede significant adaptive change says Susan Beaumont. She suggests these questions can invite innovation.
* What is our greatest asset now?
* What relationships will we need to build on or strengthen in the months ahead?
* What unique role might our congregation play in local, national, and even global recovery?
* What long-term changes in the bigger picture would we like to be part of bringing to fruition?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. “More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders, in churches both large and small, discover a more synergistic and fruitful way of being in ministry together. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

Grow and Affirm Your Church’s 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 meeting matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity/

Support the Lewis Center
“Leading Ideas” is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
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Read “Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church”
Too often church advocates insist that if genuine change is to occur in the church, then they must throw out everything that has gone before. The problem with such calls for radical change is that they are not true to the way that genuine and lasting change takes place, says author Lovett H. Weems, Jr. In his book “Take the Next Step” he offers congregational leaders essential insights into how they can work with and through their churches’ ministries to bring about authentic and faithful growth. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/take-the-next-step-leading-lasting-change-in-the-church/

Quotable Leadership
“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum: In God’s Time: The Bible and the Future
Regularly $75 — Now only $5 through July 31
“The End Times and Revelation according to Hollywood and bestselling fiction are not the End Times as revealed in the Bible.”
In this 10-session study, Dr. Craig Hill makes eschatology — the study of the “Last Things” — and the book of Revelation understandable to laypeople and experts alike. “In God’s Time” avoids the extremes of pulp fiction and high scholarly debate and instead opens up the entire Bible — encouraging Christians to take seriously the hope of God’s ultimate victory. Learn more and view a sample of the Session 1 video and Participant’s Guide. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/in-gods-time/

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