Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways Preaching Can Boost Worship Attendance
Popular preacher and author Charley Reeb shares four preaching strategies to grow your church, all based on the notion that we have to connect with people’s interests and meet them where they are. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-preaching-can-boost-worship-attendance/?id=li20190619

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 35
“Doing Innovative Ministry” featuring Kenda Creasy Dean
How can leaders think outside of the box? In this episode we discuss innovation, entrepreneurial ministry, and leadership with Kenda Creasy Dean, the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-35-doing-innovative-ministry-featuring-kenda-creasy-dean/?id=li20190619

5 Ways to Develop New Leaders
Marv Nelson says lending influence to younger leaders is an essential way of affirming and developing them. He outlines five ways you can use your personal influence to strengthen and support emerging leaders. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/5-ways-to-develop-new-leaders/?id=li20190619

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
If you have responsibility for overseeing the work of others — paid staff or volunteers — then you probably meet with them regularly. Some of those are planning times and others are to review how things are going. Some sessions may be part of a formal annual or quarterly review process. Michael Lukaszewski offers a splendid question appropriate for any of these times.
* Where do you need me more and where do you need me less?
* 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/

Track Congregational Attendance Better
The Congregational Attendance Profile Video Tool Kit doesn’t just track attendance — it reveals clues to improve attendance. By using the included templates, you may effortlessly produce a two-year trends chart showing the big picture. Churches have shown major improvement in attendance by acting on lessons learned from this resource. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/congregational-attendance-profile-cap-download?id=li20190619

50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity
How can you best help new leaders in your church get started? More effectively invite people to be leaders? Make meetings matter? Support and affirm existing leaders? Learn the answers to these questions and more in 50 Ways to Multiply Your Church’s Leadership Capacity. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-multiply-churchs-leadership-capacity?id=li20190619

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“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=li20190619

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

Quotable Leadership
“You can spend your time agonizing or organizing.” — Dorothy Day

Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor
Single persons in ministry face a unique set of challenges around maintaining boundaries, privacy, and social connections, particularly if they serve in a congregation that has only been served in the past by married clergy. To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor explains how congregations and pastors can work together on the “tender balance” between being supportive and allowing privacy. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-single-pastor?id=li20190619

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