Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

6 Keys to Sharing the Gospel in a Pluralistic Culture
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. says evangelistic strategies often fail because they don’t meaningfully and respectfully engage those we are trying to reach. Powe highlights key values and practices for reaching others while honoring differences, gleaned from a recent study of the renowned 20th century evangelist, E. Stanley Jones. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-keys-to-sharing-the-gospel-in-a-pluralistic-culture?id=li20180523

5 Reasons Churches Suffer Management Chaos
Focused on ministry, churches often give too little attention to organizational management. Church consultant Rich Sider outlines five common management problems that can result in confusion and conflict. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-reasons-churches-suffer-management-chaos?id=li20180523

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Howard Stevenson suggests two questions appropriate for almost any ministry group.
* How do you define success?
* How do you track it?
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, presentations, and supplemental materials and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download?id=20180523

Watch “Why Community Engagement Matters”
The most vital congregations always do two things: connect people with God and connect with their communities. Learn about the latter in this five-minute video from Lovett H. Weems, Jr., as he provides an overview of the importance of community engagement to your church. Watch now free: https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-community-engagement-matters/?id=li20180523

Quotable Leadership
“Multifaith encounters do not require a diminishment of one’s own theological commitment or undercut the truth of other traditions.” — Yvonne C. Lodico

Resources to Help You Reach Millennials
Millennials are now the largest American generation, and churches are asking how best to reach this diverse group. Browse the “Leading Ideas” archives for ideas and strategies to help your congregation attract, engage, nurture, and minister to millennials. Explore articles on millennials now: https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/millennials?id=li20180523

Pastors Moving to New Churches Need the Right Start
Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. “The Right Start” is available in both 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=20180523