Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Leading the Church in the Face of Coronavirus
How can the church provide timely and proactive leadership when there is no tried and true template? Bill Owen, a consultant and coach with the Center for Healthy Congregations, lists best practices, but more importantly stresses the importance of leaning in toward the challenge and into your values as the Body of Christ. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leading-the-church-in-the-face-of-coronavirus/?id=li20200325

Staying Connected in a Time of Social Distancing
How can congregations sustain a sense of community and care for one another when most gatherings have been suspended? Some simple strategies can be used to stay in touch with those who are isolated and maintain an ongoing spiritual presence says F. Douglas Powe Jr., Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, and James C. Logan, Chair of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship), at Wesley Theological Seminary. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/staying-connected-in-a-time-of-social-distancing/?id=li20200325

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Usually when metrics come up in church discussions the issues tend to revolve around numbers of people participating or dollars raised. Carey Nieuwhof suggests a more expansive way to use metrics that is focused on the people being served. He suggests these questions.
* Are people better off five years after joining your church than they were before?
* Do they feel closer to Christ?
* Are they making more of a difference in their workplaces and neighborhoods?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“Changes Congregations Face”
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, from finances to faith formation, the church is changing. This new leadership study explores these topics and more, along with discussion questions and action steps. “Changes Congregations Face” is an ideal conversation starter for your small groups, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. The 39-page document may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Only $3.99. Learn more and view a sample unit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/?id=li2020325

50 Ways to Engage Local Schools
Most schools are closed for social distancing, which means that it is more important than ever to serve children and families who may need assistance. Though these 50 tips are not specific to the COVID-19 crisis, many can be adapted to help your congregation engage your local schools effectively during this time of need. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-engage-local-schools/?id=li20200325

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Apply by April 20 for the Renowned Lewis Fellows Program for Outstanding Young Clergy
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Applications are due by April 20, 2020. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li2020325

Quotable Leadership
“Organizations always delegate the job of dealing constructively with ambiguity to the leaders.” — Max De Pree

Read “New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations”
Douglas Powe suggests that the African American church, while once the bedrock of the community, is no longer on the radar for many. “New Wine, New Wineskins” helps African American congregations understand and benefit from the cultural shifts we are now experiencing. The worthy goals of justice and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ in this time requires new practices and fresh ideas — new wine. Powe says, “The old framework just won’t work anymore. We need new wine skins.” Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/new-wine-new-wineskins-african-american-congregations-can-reach-new-generations?id=li20200325

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