Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Get Ready for the New Normal
As restrictions on gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 crisis begin to ease, congregations are likely to find themselves in a both/and reality. They will need to sustain an enhanced digital presence while at the same time resume normal patterns of gathering. Now is the time to strategize and put teams in place to support the challenges and opportunities of this new normal. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/get-ready-for-the-new-normal/?id=li20200513

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 55
“The Coming Revolution in Church Economics” featuring Mark DeYmaz
Can tithes and offerings continue to fund a ministry that propels your church toward a vital future? In this episode, Mark DeYmaz asserts that churches need to create multiple streams of income by leveraging the value of their people, money, and buildings to bless the community and advance the gospel. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-55-the-coming-revolution-in-church-economics-featuring-mark-deymaz/?id=li20200513

Key Questions to Consider Before Resuming In-Person Gatherings
Many congregations are eager to reopen their buildings and resume in-person worship services, but it’s important to resist the temptation to rush back before it’s safe. The Lewis Center staff has assembled this list of key questions to consider before a church can safely resume gathering. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/key-questions-to-consider-before-resuming-in-person-gatherings/?id=li20200513

COVID-19 Resources
Leading Ideas articles, podcast episodes, and links. Visit https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/covid-19/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches often take on the most common practices of other churches in their community and region. This is especially the case when one denomination or theological tradition tends to overwhelm others in numbers and influence. In such cases, a good question for your church might be:
* What might it mean to “go opposite” some of the dominant practices to offer fresh alternatives?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

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Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor
Churches that receive a young pastor need to remember how lucky they are! Many congregations say they want a younger pastor, but few have the opportunity. Learn how you can support a young pastor with “To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-suggestions-for-churches-with-a-young-pastor?id=li20200513

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“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Adult Christian Study Download
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Quotable Leadership
“When we are unsure of ourselves, we almost always return to our history.” — Nancy T. Ammerman

Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
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