Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

How Can Your Church Building Reignite Your Mission?
Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller remind us that a congregation’s physical assets are resources to be stewarded to advance the kingdom. They recommend examining building users and partnerships to see how they can help reignite your congregation’s mission. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-can-your-church-building-reignite-your-mission/?id=li20191106

3 Unhelpful Postures on a Leadership Team
Eric Geiger says the effectiveness of church leadership teams is hampered when team members act as consultants, critics, or senators. Each of these postures distances members from owning problems and committing to solutions. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-unhelpful-postures-on-a-leadership-team/?id=li20191106

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Good leaders spend much time listening and observing and thus learn a lot about problems and possibilities. The next step too often is telling people “Here is the situation, and this is what we need to do.” A better approach is to say, “Thank you for sharing your time and ideas so generously to help me understand how things are. Now, I need some additional help. I’d like to share what I’m hearing and ask you a few questions.”
* Does this match your observations?
* Am I hearing things correctly?
* Did I miss something?
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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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=li20191106

5 Indices of Health and Vitality for Small to Mid-sized Congregations
In “To the Point: A New Way to View Small Church Vitality,” small church expert Dr. Lew Parks describes five indices of health and vitality for small to mid-sized congregations that contribute to “dynamic equilibrium.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-new-way-view-small-church-vitality/?id=li20191106

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Quotable Leadership
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