Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, November 20, 2019

November 20, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways to Help People Cultivate a Heart of Gratitude
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff suggests ways that churches can cultivate an attitude of gratitude — a mindset that makes people more mindful of God’s abundance, more generous, happier, and more content. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-help-people-cultivate-a-heart-of-gratitude/?id=li20191120

Unforeseen Leaders Emerge from Charleston Tragedy
Who led members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in their astonishing acts of forgiveness? Lovett H. Weems, Jr., says the spiritual, moral, and pastoral leadership in the months after this tragedy came from faithful Christians who held no formal church leadership roles, yet embodied the cumulative witness of all the church preaches. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/unforeseen-leaders-emerge-from-charleston-tragedy/?id=li20191120

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird focus on the way Jesus and Paul developed other leaders by using the concept of “hero making.” The right question they suggest for leaders is:
* Am I trying to be the hero, or am I trying to make heroes out of others?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn Why We Give
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in conjunction with an annual stewardship campaign or in a variety of Christian education settings. This video tool kit is ecumenical and may be used for self study or with groups. Featured topics: Stewardship 101; What the Bible Teaches about Giving; A Christian Understanding of Money, Possessions, and Generosity; Biblical Generosity; and Faith and Generosity. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download?id=li20191120

50 Ways to Welcome New People this Holiday Season
Advent and Christmas are coming, and that means church visitors! Learn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time guests with “50 Ways to Welcome New People.” This free downloadable guide provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people?id=li20191120

Support the Lewis Center
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Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2020 in Washington, DC
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?id=li20191120

Quotable Leadership
“We have created trouble for ourselves in organizations by confusing control with order.” — Margaret J. Wheatley

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Be the Welcoming Church”
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable with “Be the Welcoming Church.” This resource includes engaging videos, a Study and Discussion Guide, and more. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in adult classes and groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?id=li20191120

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