Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Online Worship Makes Evangelism Less Intimidating for Many
One apparent advantage of an online worship format is that people seem to be more inclined to extend and respond to invitations to check out church online. Virtual evangelism is proving easier, less intimidating, and more spontaneous than face-to-face evangelism. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/online-worship-makes-evangelism-less-intimidating-many/

6 Traits People Value in Online Faith Communities
In the rush to offer online worship, many churches have focused primarily on technical and programmatic concerns. Heidi Campbell says it’s more important to consider what people need from church now and how digital technology can meet those needs. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-traits-people-value-in-online-faith-communities/

COVID-19 Resources
Leading Ideas articles, podcast episodes, and links. Visit https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/covid-19/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
It is easy to become preoccupied with what our churches are lacking. Our attention gravitates to those missing pieces whether it is people, money, youth, or facilities. However, God has blessed all churches with gifts we often overlook. Try looking for potential promise for the future by using this question.
* What are assets we have in abundance and how might they be used to bless and serve others?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership
New cohort begins May 2021
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Free Video Study
Let’s Talk about Faith and Race
“Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race” is a dialogue about race in America and may be used to help your church bring people together to talk about moving forward bravely and boldly in the name of Christ. The resource is divided into four 15-minute videos which may be used in one or more sessions. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/moving-faith-communities-fruitful-conversations-race/

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LPLI Staff Version Provides Better Feedback for Staff Development
For Christian Educators, Program Directors, Youth Directors, Children’s Ministry Directors,
Church Administrators, Music Directors, Mission Coordinators, and more
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI Staff Version provides better feedback for staff development and includes a free guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” designed to lead a staff member through a process of analyzing their results, discussing their results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve their effectiveness. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/

Quotable Leadership
“Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed.” — Dorothy Day

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth”
Regularly $75 — Now $50
Presented by Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
Is it possible to be a Christian and take science seriously? Must we choose between God and science? The nine lessons in this essential and inspiring course offer a positive alternative: a way to live in today’s world as scientifically informed believers — especially important in this era of COVID-19. “Religion and Science” is ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Only $50 through June 30. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/religion-science-pathways-truth/

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