Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

2 Churches — 1 Pastor
It is increasingly common for a congregation to share a pastor with another congregation and for pastors to be serving more than one church. Lew Parks, author of “Small on Purpose,” considers this trend and some of the skills and perspectives needed in multi-church settings. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/2-churches-1-pastor?id=li20180725

Episode 15
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Leading in Small Church or Multi-Church Settings”
Are you a pastor serving more than one church? Or a leader in a congregation that’s part of a multi-church ministry? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe speaks with Dr. Lew Parks, a small church vitality expert. They explore perspectives and practices that can help ministry flourish even in a church that doesn’t have its own pastor — or a pastor who doesn’t serve just one church. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-15-leading-in-small-church-or-multi-church-settings-featuring-lew-parks?id=li20180725

5 Key Practices for Building a High-Trust Culture
Amy Valdez Barker says that the church should be a training center in the development of trust. She names practices that leaders can employ when groups come together to create environments that foster and facilitate a high-trust culture. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-key-practices-for-building-a-high-trust-culture?id=li20180725

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Chip Heath and Dan Heath say the single most effective question they have found for helping to break a decision logjam is:
* What would I tell my best friend to do in this situation?
* Want more Right Questions? Read Right Questions for Church Leaders.
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Reach Others through Worship
Worship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. The “Reaching Others through Worship” Video Tool Kit provides resources and strategies to help you improve hospitality and worship attendance. Topics include: The Sermon Series as Outreach Tool; How Do People See Your Church?; Putting out the Welcome Mat; The Ministry of Greeting; and Ways to Improve Summer Attendance. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/reaching-others-through-worship-download?id=li20180725

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
11 Characteristics of Effective Smaller Churches
What practices help smaller congregation be more of what God is calling them to be? Pastor and author David Ray identifies common denominators found in smaller churches known for the quality of their faithfulness and life together. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/eleven-characteristics-of-effective-smaller-churches?id=li20180825

Support the Lewis Center
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50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 ways can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education?id=li20180725

Quotable Leadership
“Distrust every claim for truth where you do not see truth united with love.” — Paul Tillich

Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders”
“The Right Question” is one of the most popular features in “Leading Ideas.” In response to requests for a compilation of questions used over the years, Lovett H. Weems, Jr., has organized selected ones by topic and offers them in “Right Questions for Church Leaders: Volumes 1-4.” The ebook is available for Kindle and PDF. Volumes are also available separately. Learn more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders?id=li20180725