Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Tips for Preaching on Politically Charged Topics
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, author of Sacred Resistance, says it’s up to preachers to address the pain, injustice, confusion, and chaos in our days even when it is risky, and she offers guidance on approaching controversial issues in meaningful and responsible ways. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-tips-for-preaching-on-politically-charged-topics?id=li20180613

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Sacred Resistance”
How can churches grow beyond simply engaging in political activism and instead practice “sacred resistance?” Lewis Center Associate Director Ann A. Michel speaks with Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in downtown Washington, DC, about sacred resistance as a way of being grounded in the gospel and about who we are as people of faith. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-12-sacred-resistance-featuring-ginger-gaines-cirelli?id=li20180613

7 Ideas for Making Vacation Bible School an Evangelism Opportunity
How can you deepen your relationship with the children and families participating in a Vacation Bible School and stay connected with them throughout the year? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe outlines strategies to make your Bible School a meaningful and effective evangelism opportunity. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-ideas-for-making-vacation-bible-school-an-evangelism-opportunity?id=li20180613

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
If your task list and calendar stay full beyond your capacity to handle reasonably, then a couple of questions by Lisa Bodell may be the right questions for you. Look at your calendar and to-do list and ask yourself:
* What if I didn’t do that?
* What is the worst that would happen?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” and learn how your church can demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children?id=li20180613

Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. The “Taking Church to the Community” Tool Kit features engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download?id=li20180613

Quotable Leadership
“When people do not find the idea of church appealing, they are not attracted to what we do, no matter how well we do it.” — Robert Schnase

The Facebook Strategy You Need to Quit Today
Earlier this year, Facebook announced major updates to the News Feed. One change penalizes engagement bait (e.g. “Share this post!”) to make posts get more exposure. Dan Wunderlich shares all the updates and what your church needs to know in an article from MyComm via United Methodist Communications. Read more: https://www.umcom.org/learn/the-facebook-strategy-you-need-to-quit-today?id=li20180613

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