Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Why Reopening a Church is Different
Alex Shanks says the question of whether to reopen is different for a church than for other institutions. Rather than just reacting to what others are doing, churches need to model responsible decision making and exceed basic health guidelines to protect the most vulnerable. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/why-reopening-a-church-is-different/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 56
“Online Worshipers: Moving From Viewers to Participants” featuring Orlando Evans
How can your online outreach grow beyond just streaming worship? In this episode, we speak with Rev. Orlando Evans, Online Pastor at Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta, about how to build relationships with online worshipers and engage them in studies, small groups, and even membership classes. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-56-online-worshipers-moving-from-viewers-to-participants-featuring-orlando-evans/

Finding Our New Normal
This season of change calls for a new leadership stance. Susan Beaumont outlines five practices that can help you lead more effectively as you discover the new normal for your congregation. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/finding-our-new-normal/

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.”
Rev. Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church recently said the reopening of the church following the suspension of programming during the COVID-19 crisis is essentially a restart. It affords an awesome opportunity to ask three questions:
1. What needs to stop?
2. What needs to continue?
3. What needs to change?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

LPLI Staff Version Provides Better Feedback for Staff Development
For Christian Educators, Program Directors, Youth Directors, Children’s Ministry Directors, Church Administrators, Music Directors, Mission Coordinators, and more
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. LPLI Staff Version provides better feedback for staff development and includes a free guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” designed to lead a staff member through a process of analyzing their results, discussing their results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve their effectiveness. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 ideas can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education/

Support the Lewis Center
“Leading Ideas” is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

“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

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

The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“The Adept Church” by Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. helps congregations develop realistic roadmaps for navigating between “a rock and a hard place.” The book outlines a clear process for defining a church’s current reality in order to make the strategic decisions to determine the direction it needs to go. This theologically grounded, yet practical guide is for church leaders seeking to save their churches. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/the-adept-church-navigating-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/

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