Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Setting the Right Expectations for Volunteers
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. says it can be difficult to hold volunteers to high standards of job performance, but clear position descriptions, mentoring, and regular evaluation and feedback can help assure that volunteers will do their jobs well. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/setting-the-right-expectations-for-volunteers?id=li20180509

Is Your Parking Lot Helping or Hurting Your Church?
Believe it or not, your parking lot could be the thing that is holding back the potential of your church, says church growth expert Rich Birch. He describes how a tired-looking parking lot creates a poor first impression and offers five tips for launching a parking lot team. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/is-your-parking-lot-helping-or-hurting-your-church?id=li20180509

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Nelson Searcy asks a good question for any congregation hoping that visitors return.
* What happens during the first seven minutes for a visitor at your church?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Increase Active Engagement in Your Church
What can you do when 20 percent of your congregation does 80 percent of the serving, learning, and leading? The “Increasing Active Engagement” Tool Kit includes videos, narrated presentations, outlines of key points, and supplementary materials to help you get and keep people involved and engaged. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/increasing-active-engagement-download?id=li20180509

Stop Complaining about Sunday Morning Sports
It’s a common complaint among clergy types. “Sunday morning sports are taking people away from worship!” Clergy can be consoled by remembering that Christian vocation is to be lived out though the entirety of people’s lives — not just in church, suggests “To the Point: Stop Complaining about Sunday Morning Sports.” Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-stop-complaining-about-sunday-morning-sports?id=20180509

Quotable Leadership
“Unless you work to prevent it, eventually the people inside the church become a higher priority than those outside the church.” — Tony Morgan

Adult Education Study: “Women Speak of God”
From the earliest days of the church, women have spoken and written of their faith. This eight-session study introduces us to the voices of six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling and who attested to God’s living presence amidst their struggles. “Women Speak of God” is ideal for women and men in your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes who want to grow in faith and see how God works in difficult times and places. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/women-speak-god?id=li20180509

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=20180509