Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Biblical Leadership: Not as Simple as You Think
Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, says we often see biblical leadership in one-dimensional or overly idealized ways. Her more nuanced view of several common images of biblical leadership can inform a more robust and realistic concept of our own leadership challenges. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/biblical-leadership-not-as-simple-as-you-think?id=li20181128

Episode 23
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Biblical Leadership”
What can church leaders learn from Moses and others Biblical figures about leading? In this episode Director Douglas Powe discusses biblical leadership with thought leader Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, the Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-23-biblical-leadership-featuring-denise-dombkowski-hopkins?id=li20181128

5 Steps to a Fruitful Restart
Dan Turner led an older, established congregation through a successful restart, reshaping its ministry to reach a changing neighborhood. He outlines five key steps in a process of helping a church die to the past to embrace a new, more fruitful future. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/5-steps-to-a-fruitful-restart?id=li20181128

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Beginning a new venture is exciting. Two good questions suggested for groups to keep in mind before launching new efforts are:
* Are initiatives launched without success metrics?
* Is the success of an initiative evaluated primarily by the leaders who launched and own the project?
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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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?id=li20181128

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Adult Education Study: “Journey through the Psalms”
Featuring Denise Dombkowski Hopkins
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. “Journey through the Psalms” is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. The study includes eight sessions with video introductions, Leader’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and more. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms?id=li20181128

Quotable Leadership
“We are engaged in a journey toward vision, a journey toward the promised land. The nature of the vision defines the journey and the path we take.” — H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

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