Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Quit Making Assumptions
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says incoming leaders are often frustrated when others assume that they already know the ins and outs of the job. He says it is critical to stop making assumptions and provide new staff or volunteers with all the information and support they need. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/quit-making-assumptions/?li20190717

7 Simple Mind Shifts that Unlock Outreach Potential
Every church wants to reach new people, but unhelpful attitudes and practices get in the way. Kevin Harney outlines seven simple adjustments to our ways of thinking that can enhance outreach and evangelism. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-simple-mind-shifts-that-unlock-outreach-potential/?id=li20190717

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Charles Zech, a Roman Catholic scholar, suggests two questions to understand your congregation better.
* Tell me about the overall quality of your parish. Would you describe it as: Above Average? Average? or Below Average?
* (No matter what the response is, ask this second question.) How do you know?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“The Methodist Class Leader” Adult Christian Study
Regularly $75, only $25 for the first 300 purchasers thanks to a generous contribution!
This seven-session video-based study curriculum examines the office of Methodist class leader. Class leaders and class meetings were part of the genius of the original Methodist movement. Yet, in many branches of Methodism today, the office no longer exists or has devolved into a merely token role. This study draws on the extensive work of Dr. David Lowes Watson, a leading scholar of Methodist history and an advocate for the revitalization of the office of class leader. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-methodist-class-leader/?id=li20190717

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. “50 Ways to Take Church to the Community” provides tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community/?id=li20190717

Support the Lewis Center
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8 Reasons People Aren’t Listening to Announcements
This weekend, all across the country, leaders are going to get up in front of their churches and talk about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with the community. They want to move people to action, but a large portion of those in the room will simply tune out for that part of the service and then tune back in when something more interesting comes along. Pastor Rich Birch explains why in To the Point: “8 Reason People Aren’t Listening to Announcements.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-eight-reasons-people-arent-listening-announcements?id=li20190717

Quotable Leadership
“The more you focus on the mission, the easier it is to change the methods.” — Carey Nieuwhof

Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults better? “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults,” a curated collection of Leading Ideas articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical ebook is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/?id=li20190717

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