Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 24, 2019

July 24, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Come on, Pastor. Is Your Job Really Tougher Than Mine?
It can be hard to be a pastor. But Jayson Bradley reminds us that job frustrations and challenges are not unique to the ministry. By constantly harping on the difficulties of pastoring, one projects personal frustration onto congregants and implies that their struggles and challenges aren’t as significant. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/come-on-pastor-is-your-job-really-tougher-than-mine/?id=li20190724

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 37
“Learning about Leadership from Women in the Bible” featuring Carla Works
What can we learn from the example of women leaders in the Bible? In this episode we speak with Carla Works, associate professor in New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, about leadership lessons from biblical women. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-37-learning-about-leadership-from-women-in-the-bible-featuring-carla-works/?id=li20190724

3 Ways Not to Respond to Criticism
Criticism is almost unavoidable for leaders, says Maxie Dunnam. What is key is knowing how to handle it appropriately. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-ways-not-to-respond-to-criticism/?id=li20190724

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee suggest in their book, 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches, is that the right question is not “When were you saved?” but rather:
* How are you growing in grace just now?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Video-based Adult Study: “Women Speak of God”
From the earliest days of the church, women have spoken and written of their faith. This eight-session study introduces us to the voices of six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling, and who were able to attest to God’s living presence amidst their struggles. Women Speak of God is ideal for women and men in your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes who want to grow in faith and see how God works in difficult times and places. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/women-speak-god?id=li20190724

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving?id=li20190724

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Helping those with Disabilities Find a Voice in the Church
Jimbo Jackson has always been interested in the church, but his cerebral palsy prevented him from speaking. Now, a speech-generating device that works through eye movements has given him a new voice. He uses it to serve as a lector, reading Scripture to the congregation. United Methodist News Service shares this inspiring story from Every Day Grace TV. Watch video now. https://everydaygrace.tv/2019/02/finding-a-voice-in-the-church/?id=li20190724

Quotable Leadership
“Beware the religion that turns you against another one. It’s unlikely that it’s really religion at all.” — Joan D. Chittister

“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=li20190724

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