Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Strategies for Engaging Millennials
Joshua L Mitchell, author of the book Black Millennials and the Church, shares what his work reveals about how black churches can engage younger adults — strategies that are valuable advice for any congregation looking to better connect with the next generation. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-strategies-for-engaging-millennials?id=li20180530

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Effectively Engaging Millennials”
How can we reach millennials? In this episode, Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe, Jr. speaks with the Rev. Dr. Joshua Mitchell about connecting with this diverse group. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/effectively-engaging-millennials-featuring-joshua-mitchell?id=li20180530

6 Ways to Know If Your Church Is Overstaffed
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff outlines six questions that can help reveal whether a particular staff role is likely to be fruitful or burdensome and counterproductive. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/6-ways-to-know-if-your-church-is-overstaffed?id=li20180530

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Michael Slaughter in his book UnLearning Church suggests a question for those seeking to reach new generations.
* What boomer-era practice could you unlearn in order to better reach younger generations?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Welcome and Engage New People
Learn concepts and strategies to welcome and respond to your firsttime and repeat visitors, reach younger generations, expand your church’s entry points, and get new people involved. The New Welcome Video Tool Kit helps you open your church to new people by acknowledging the changing ways that people enter into the life of congregations. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-new-welcome-download?id=li20180530

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
If a new pastor is in your congregation’s future, be sure to check out “50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor.” This resource shares tips on how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and offers helpful advice on how to welcome your new pastor. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor?id=li20180530

Quotable Leadership
“The way the next generation tells you that your church has lost touch with them is simple — they stop coming.” — Lee Kricher

Adult Education Study: “In God’s Time”
This 10-session study offers a faithful and credible Christian alternative to sensationalist perspectives on the Bible’s teaching about the End Times. In God’s Time is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/in-gods-time?id=li20180530

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=20180530