March 20, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
Key Observations for Reaching Latino/a Populations
The growing Latino and Latina population in the United States is transforming the religious landscape, reshaping virtually every Christian tradition. Drawing on the work of Juan Francisco Martínez, a scholar of the history of Latino/a Protestantism, Lovett Weems reports on trends in Latino/a ministry that are vital to any congregational or denominational leader with a heart for the newcomer in our midst. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/latinoa-ministry-in-the-united-states?id=li20190320
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 29
“A More Engaging Hospitality” featuring Dr. Juan Francisco Martínez
How can your congregation be more attentive to those in the community? In this episode we discuss leading in a changing culture with Dr. Juan Francisco Martínez, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at the Fuller School of Theology in Pasadena, California. His most recent book is The Story of Latino Protestants in the United States (Eerdmans, 2018). Listen now. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-29-a-more-engaging-hospitality-featuring-dr-juan-francisco-martinez?id=li20190320
Cross-Cultural Pastor as Spiritual Bridge Builder
HiRho Y. Park has explored how pastoral leaders can be more effective in cross-racial and cross-cultural ministry contexts. These pastors can be bridge builders, she says, by practicing their faith, proclaiming the Word of God, and leading from the woundedness of suffering and racism. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/cross-cultural-pastor-as-spiritual-bridge-builder?id=li20190320
The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Deciding whether to accept new commitments is always a challenge for leaders. Greg McKeown offers two helpful questions.
* Can I actually fulfill this request, given the time and resources I have?
* Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/
Learn How to Partner with Your Local Schools
If your congregation is considering a school-focused initiative this year, start planning now with the Engaging Local Schools Tool Kit. Through videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, this engaging resource guides your congregation in considering questions that are critical to the success of a school-focused service initiative. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/engaging-local-schools-download?id=li20190320
50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions
Pastors moving from one church to the next need to focus on how they can effectively conclude their ministry in the church they are leaving while paving the way for their successor, and on how they can get off to a good start in their next church. 50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions offers tips on concluding ministry in one setting and beginning ministry in a new setting. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-improve-pastoral-transitions-2?id=li20190320
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Adult Education Study: “Devotion to Jesus: The Divinity of Christ in Earliest Christianity”
In this eight-session video-based congregational study course, Dr. Larry Hurtado, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Christian origins, explores when, where, and why Christians first believed in the divinity of Jesus. He also clears away a mountain of popular misinformation. Devotion to Jesus is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/devotion-jesus-divinity-christ-earliest-christianity/?id=li20190320
“In our churches, we often overestimate the cost of trying something new and underestimate the cost of doing nothing.” — Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee
Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers
By Dr. Ann A. Michel, Lewis Center Associate Director
The landscape of ministry is rapidly evolving as more and more lay persons take on significant ministry roles. Yet our mindset about ministry hasn’t been as quick to change. Lay ministry practitioners are often ill-prepared and underappreciated, confused about their call, and unsure of their theological identity. Dr. Michel’s book Synergy is a leadership guide that speaks directly to their needs. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/synergy-leadership-guide-church-staff-volunteers?id=li20190320
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