Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Your Best Outreach Programs are Already in Place. You Just Don’t Know It.
Kevin Harney says your church is already doing all sort of things with evangelistic potential. It’s just a matter of identifying what you already do well and turning the focus a few degrees outward to engage those beyond your church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/your-best-outreach-programs-are-already-in-place-you-just-dont-know-it/?id=li20190522

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 33
“How can Your Church Draw the Circle Wider?” featuring Jaqui Lewis
How can we live into a more multi-ethnic vision for our congregations? In this episode we speak with Reverend Doctor Jaqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church about multi-cultural and multi-racial congregations, plus the joys and challenges of being a multi-ethnic congregation. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-33-how-can-your-church-draw-the-circle-wider-featuring-jaqui-lewis/?id=li20190522

9 Ways Leaders Can Respond to Conflict Constructively
Leaders need to understand the emotional dimensions of conflict and minimize the inevitable anxiety and systematic stress. Leadership consultant Peter L. Steinke draws on the wisdom of family systems theory to outline nine beneficial responses to a system in uproar. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/9-ways-leaders-can-respond-to-conflict-constructively/?id=li20190522

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Changing times and needs require churches to do things differently. Such change is a challenge for most churches. Perhaps these questions can help.
* Are there churches that seem to handle change especially well?
* What can we learn from them?
* When can we talk with them?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. The “Taking Church to the Community” Tool Kit features engaging videos and presentations and is designed for both self study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch a introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download/?id=li20180522

50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance
Worship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. Our free “50 Ways” tip sheet provides practical strategies to help you invite new people to attend worship; improve the attendance of current members; make your church visible and attractive; welcome worship guests warmly; and make worship accessible to newcomers. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-worship-attendance/?id=li20190522

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Free Video: “Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It”
To encourage the spiritual gift of giving, watch this eight-minute video by Lewis Center Senior Consultant Lovett H. Weems, Jr. It provides an overview of the importance of congregational giving and ways you can improve it. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-giving-matters-and-clues-for-improving-it/?id=li20190522

Quotable Leadership
“Where harmony once meant being alike, harmony now means being respectfully different.” — Gil Rendle

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, 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=li20190522

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