Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

New Questions for a New Day
Michelle Snyder says that the pandemic presents an opportunity for churches to reframe their thinking and reboot their vision. Rather that tweaking what has always been done, this moment invites churches to embrace an expanded vision of community, catch up with societal trends, and rethink the use of new technologies. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/new-questions-for-a-new-day/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 68
“Finding Solutions to the Young Clergy Crisis” featuring Bishop Janice Huie
What strategies support and encourage young people entering ministry? In this episode Bishop Janice Huie shares the importance of listening deeply to young people, embracing a holistic approach, and sustaining our commitment to younger clergy in face of new challenges. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-68-finding-solutions-to-the-young-clergy-crisis-featuring-bishop-janice-huie/

Connecting with Young Adults through Online Ministry
Chris Wilterdink writes that a critical strategy for engaging young adults is to create discipleship opportunities and build relationships in the existing online communities where they are already active. Within these spaces and relationships, the church can provide young adults an opportunity to explore identity, belonging, and purpose. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/connecting-with-young-adults-through-online-ministry/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Almost every effort a church undertakes has been done or at least attempted by another church. The authors of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” suggest a question that can help groups early in the planning process.
* Who else has achieved this goal or something like it? What did they do differently?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

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 now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth/

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. The tool kit features videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

Support the Lewis Center
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Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Methodist Identity – Part 1: Our Story”
Now Available on Download!
What does it mean to be a Methodist? “Methodist Identity – Part 1: Our Story” describes the 18th-century Wesleyan revival in England and the growth of Methodism throughout the world. Hosted by esteemed church historian Rev. Dr. Justo González, this study includes eight video presentations by leading Methodist scholars on the growth of Methodism in the United States. Six additional videos describe the church’s growth in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “Our Story” is ideal for your congregation’s in-person and online small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes and benefits both lifelong Methodists and those coming to Methodism from other traditions. Learn more and watch a preview video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/methodist-identity-part-1-our-story/

Quotable Leadership
“Renewed communities change, but rarely by lurching or by repudiating the identities formed by their histories.” — Leander Keck

Free Video: “Engaging Young Adults”
Engaging young adults in church, historically a challenge, is even more difficult today. So, what should your congregation do? And not do? Learn ideas and strategies to improve ministry with younger people in your congregation and community in this brief video. Watch now free. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/engaging-young-adults/

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