Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Ways to Engage People the Way Jesus Did

Looking for ways to connect with new people, organize them for action, and lead them to a deepening commitment? Joe Daniels and Christie Latona remind us of five basic practices Jesus used to organize and engage people. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-ways-to-engage-people-the-way-jesus-did/?id=li20190501

5 Reasons Millennials are Drawn to Mainline Churches

Don’t assume your church doesn’t have anything to offer the Millennial generation, says Andrew Ponder Williams. He outlines five ways that mainline churches are distinctively called and gifted to connect with younger generations and offers tips on how your church can maximize these advantages. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-reasons-millennials-are-drawn-to-mainline-churches/?id=li20190501

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Testing a new idea using a short-term pilot is popular today. Daniel Shapero uses a concept called “reverse pilot” in which you experiment with a short-term break to see if they are missed and by how much. The right question to use is:
* What things might we stop for a brief time to see what happens?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Protect, Sustain, and Grow Your Church’s Money for Ministry
“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, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money?id=li20190501

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=li20190501

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Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults better? “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults,” a curated collection of “Leading Ideas” articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical ebook is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/?id=li20190501

Quotable Leadership
“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” — Michael Porter

Moving, Pastor?
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit will lead you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20190501

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