Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

When You Don’t Know Who’s Worshiping
Lee Roorda Schott says that unseen people you don’t yet know are likely worshiping with you online. She says this as an on opportunity to enlarge our communities and offers strategies to help these digital newcomers feel included and welcomed. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/when-you-dont-know-whos-worshiping/?id=li20200506

11 Provocative Thoughts and Questions About What’s Next
Bill Wilson shares eleven provocative thoughts and questions regarding how the future of the church will be shaped by the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. He says this crisis catapulted the church forward and we cannot ignore the lessons learned. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows/11-provocative-thoughts-and-questions-about-whats-next/?id=li20200506

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches within a community may appear quite similar. They do share common characteristics. But people experience churches very differently. Two questions can help us think of the special contribution our church makes.
* What is the distinctive contribution our church makes to our community?
* With all the similarities among churches, what differentiates us?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

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“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Study Download Discount
Suitable for Distance Learning
Church leaders have always looked to scripture 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. 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/?id=li20200506

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth
How can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.” Read and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth?id=li20200506

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Online Summer Courses for Academic and CEU Credit
Join the Lewis Center’s Dr. Ann A. Michel and Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., for their online summer courses from Wesley Theological Seminary. CM-142 Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (June 1-5, 2020) and CM-137 Church Finances (July 6-10, 2020) are each 1 academic credit hour or 1.5 CEU credits. Other online summer courses from Wesley include Ministry & Self-Care; Bonhoeffer in a Post Truth World; Solution-based Pastoral Care; Howard Thurman: Mystic, Prophetic, Theologian; and many more. Registration is now open, and some classes start May 26. See the full list of online summer and fall courses and register now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/admissions/try-a-class-2/

Quotable Leadership
“Although effective communicators are not necessarily effective leaders, effective leaders are by necessity effective communicators.” — Justin A. Irving and Mark L. Strauss

Changes Congregations Face
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, from finances to faith formation, the church is changing. This new leadership study explores these topics and more, along with discussion questions and action steps. “Changes Congregations Face” is an ideal conversation starter for your small groups, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. The 39-page document may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Only $3.99. Learn more and view a sample unit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/?id=li2020506

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