Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Keys to Great Online Worship Hospitality
Olu Brown says churches that livestream their worship need to be intentional about making online attendees feel welcome by showing love through hospitality. He outlines five ways to connect more effectively with those who worship remotely. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-keys-to-great-online-worship-hospitality/?id=li20190612

7 Things Bad Leaders Tell Themselves and Their Teams
Carey Nieuwhof explains that ineffective leaders tend to lay the blame on seven common excuses. Successful leaders are aware of these traps and lead people beyond them. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-things-bad-leaders-tell-themselves-and-their-teams/?id=li20190612

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
The importance of diversity in innovation becomes clearer all the time. Some questions that may help you benefit from diversity include:
* Do I seek out people with different views than my own?
* Do I associate with and learn from people different from me?
* Am I able to draw from ideas that come beyond my interests and expertise?
* Can I make connections among all the information and experiences available to me?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“Be the Welcoming Church” Video Tool Kit
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable
“Be the Welcoming Church” will help you develop a congregation-wide ethos of hospitality and institute best practices for greeting newcomers, making them feel at home and encouraging them to return. The tool kit includes engaging videos, a Study and Discussion Guide, and more. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in adult classes or groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?id=li20190612

Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman
If you have a female pastor, the all-purpose question to remember is: “Would you honestly ask (say, criticize) this if the pastor were a man? If so, okay. If not, drop it.” Know that a female pastor continues a tradition of women in ministry going back to biblical times. Learn to celebrate her pastoral leadership with “To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-clergywoman/?id=li20190612

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5 New Ways to Make Texting Work for your Ministry
While your church may send texts to members with urgent news like weather cancellations, there are other creative ministry-related uses you may be missing. Tricia Brown in ResourceUMC shares five new ideas to use short texts for greater impact. Read more now. https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/5-new-ways-to-make-texting-work-for-your-ministry?id=li20190612

Quotable Leadership
“The primary role of leadership within congregations and nonprofit organizations is to be culture creators by developing an organizational compass.” — Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson Elton

Pastors Moving to New Churches Need the Right Start
Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. “The Right Start” is available in both Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20190612

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