Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

6 Tips for Connecting with People in the Digital Realm
Tim Snyder considers how church leaders can connect with new people through digital relationships. He explains how digital platforms provide enhanced opportunities for listening, prayer, storytelling, and evangelism in the course of day-to-day life. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-tips-for-connecting-with-people-in-the-digital-realm/

4 Capacities Needed to Multiply Your Church’s Ministry
Paul Nixon and Christie Latona say congregations ready to launch successful new initiatives typically possess four strands of congregational DNA — spiritual intensity, missional alignment, dynamic relationships, and cultural openness. Measuring and strengthening these four capacities can prepare your church to leap from maintenance to gospel movement. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-capacities-needed-to-multiply-your-churchs-ministry/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
All of us need to continue to learn and grow. This is especially true when we face new opportunities, challenges, or technologies. Ask these questions:
• What is something about which I need to learn more?
• Who can suggest sources?
• Where can I begin that learning?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

New Doctor of Ministry
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness
What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. In a world that’s all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace. Learn more and apply now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/public-engagement/

Metrics Should Be a Tool for Learning, Not Judging
The current focus on setting numerical goals for ministry and reporting results is not new, though now it is greatly expanded. In the past, virtually all goals churches set were related to money. Today the same attention is being given to people categories, but the concept is the same. Lovett H. Weems Jr. explains the advantage and pitfalls in “To the Point: Metrics: A Tool for Learning, Not Judging.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-metrics-a-tool-for-learning-not-judging/

Support the Lewis Center
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In God’s Time: The Bible and the Future
Only $5 through Friday, July 31 — Regularly $75
In this 10-session video-based adult 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/

Quotable Leadership
“Power corresponds to the human ability not just to act but to act in concert. Power is never the property of an individual; it belongs to a group…. “
Hannah Arendt

Free Video: Engaging Young Adults
Engaging young adults in church, historically a challenge, is even more difficult today. So, what should your congregation do? And not do? Learn ideas and strategies to improve ministry with younger people in your congregation and community in this brief video. Watch now free. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/engaging-young-adults/

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