Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

What Kind of Church Will Millennials Lead?
In a very short period of time the Millennial generation will be the largest segment of clergy, says Wesley Theological Seminary President David McAllister-Wilson. Therefore, the key question for the church is no longer “How can we attract Millennials?” but rather “What kind of church will Millennials lead?” Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-kind-of-church-will-millennials-lead?id=li20180620

Did Jesus Invent the Pyramid Scheme?
While the idea of a pyramid scheme may bring to mind shady dealings and unsavory characters, Stephanie Remington of the Lewis Center staff sees genius in the idea of building influence through friendships. She says utilizing our existing networks is a perfectly natural way to grow the church and identify new leaders — a method established by Jesus himself. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/did-jesus-invent-the-pyramid-scheme?id=li20180620

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In reflecting on the contemporary meaning of the Protestant Reformation, ethicist Margaret A. Farley challenges us to look for reforms that are needed today. She offers some questions to help.
* Where is the injury and what are its causes?
* Where is the apathy and what can awaken us?
* Where are the old and the new springs of life and how shall they be released?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Now Available — “Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money” Video Tool Kit”
Managing church finances requires skill, dedication, and know-how, but also the heart of a steward. Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, and bookkeepers – all those charged with the sacred trust of protecting, sustaining, and growing the resources God has entrusted to your church. Learn more and watch an introductory video: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money?id=li20180620

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth
How can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.” Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth?id=li20180620

Quotable Leadership
“Any person who is willing to take personal responsibility, convene a group to work on a tough problem, and persist in the face of resistance is a leader.” — Tod Bolsinger

“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders helps clergy and lay leaders, in churches both large and small, discover a more synergistic and fruitful way of being in ministry together. The tool kit includes engaging videos, handouts, and supplementary materials. Learn more and watch videos previews: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders?id=li20180620

LPLI Helps Good Clergy Become Better
LPLI, the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory, is a confidential, online, 360° leadership development instrument. It helps pastoral leaders improve their ministry effectiveness by identifying individual strengths and weaknesses within a three-fold understanding of fruitful leadership encompassing Character, Competence, and Contribution. Users receive a personalized leadership profile report that can be used for self-discovery, gathering feedback from others, setting goals for improvement, identifying continuing education needs, and tracking progress over time. LPLI is customizable for groups, and CEU credit is available. Learn more now: https://www.lpli.org/