Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Effective Pastoral Transitions in the Time of COVID-19
How can a pastor moving from one congregation to the next make a successful transition given the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis? Lovett H. Weems Jr. says the challenges of the day demand creativity and flexibility. But it is also more important than ever to follow normal best practices for making a right start. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/effective-pastoral-transitions-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

Communicating in a Crisis
Church consultant Mike Bonem says leaders need to step up their communication in this season of anxiety and uncertainty. It is important to be transparent, hopeful, and focused on the mission. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/communicating-in-a-crisis/

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.”
Rich Birch suggests some questions that get at issues most congregations are considering today.
* What will be the next normal?
* How will we transition into this next phase?
* What will change about our churches and what will remain unchanged?
* How will we be changed as leaders because of all of this?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Download the Free “Right Start: COVID-19 Supplement”
If you are a pastor ending ministry in one congregation and beginning ministry in another during the COVID-19 crisis, you already know that the transition will be like none before. To help pastors and congregations in these challenging times, we offer a new free guide, “The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting — COVID-19 Supplement.” The guide covers the unique implications for pastoral transition in the areas of Leaving Well; Parsonages, Offices, and Moving; Entering a New Congregation and Getting Acquainted; Preaching and Worship in the First Months; and Congregational and Community Financial Stress. Read, share, and download the guide now. https://www.churchleadership.com/resources/the-right-start-beginning-ministry-in-a-new-setting-covid-19-supplement/

Free PDF E-book
We appreciate your support of the Lewis Center! As our gift to you, please enjoy “50 Quotations for Fruitful Leaders” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Why a collection of quotations? The right phrase or succinct quotation can sometimes carry more power than long essays or intense discussion. Something seemingly complex seems clearer, or perhaps an issue that appeared narrow now is seen in a broader context. Often a quotation will spark our own imagination and inspire our own creativity. Download now free. https://www.churchleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/50-Quotations-for-Fruitful-Leaders-2019Update.pdf

Support the Lewis Center
“Leading Ideas” is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
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“The Right Start” Video Tool Kit
Save nearly 60% — Pastor’s Version Download Only $25 for a Limited Time
If you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, “The Right Start — Beginning Ministry in a New Setting” Video Tool Kit leads 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. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. 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

Online Summer 2020 Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel, Dr. Tim Snyder, and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary: respectively, Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 1-5); Bonhoeffer in a Post Truth World (June 1-July 31); and Church Finances (July 6-10). Other online summer courses from Wesley include Ministry & Self-Care; Solution-based Pastoral Care; Howard Thurman: Mystic, Prophetic, Theologian; and many more. See the full list of online summer and fall courses and register now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/admissions/try-a-class-2/

Quotable Leadership
“Quality leadership is neither the product of one great individual nor the result of odd historical accidents. Rather, it comes from deeply bred traditions and communities that shape and mold talented and gifted persons.” — Cornel West

“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Study Download Discount
Suitable for Distance Learning — Only $9.99
Church leaders have always looked to the Scriptures for wisdom on how to fulfill their callings. This downloadable six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that can inspire and guide faith leaders today. The accompanying “Study and Discussion Guide” provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. Regularly $50 — only $9.99 through May 31. And for tips, suggestions, and links to helpful videos tutorials to get your study groups online, check out our free How-to Guide for Online Studies webpage. Learn more about the study now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership

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