Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Preaching Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts
New Testament professor Bill Brosend says that preaching in the age of fake news and alternative facts can be like walking a tightrope. But it’s when the stakes are highest that it’s most important to be disciplined, humble, and aware that actions speak more eloquently than words. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/preaching-truth-in-the-age-of-alternative-facts?id=li20181010

8 Things Your Christian Educator Wants You to Know
The work of faith formation leaders in a congregation is expansive and vital, yet often undervalued and misunderstood. Virginia Callegary lifts up the need to support and affirm their work by sharing eight things she and other Christian educators want church leaders to know. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/8-things-your-christian-educator-wants-you-to-know?id=li20181010

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches make decisions regularly. Lots of factors shape those decisions. As you discuss options that come before your church, keep in mind this right question offered by Tod Bolsinger.
* Does it further our mission?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Help Ensure Your Church’s Mission Hits the Mark
Vital congregations are increasingly committed to serving others through mission, and congregations are asking whether their good intentions always yield good results. Through engaging videos and presentations, the Doing Good Well Video Tool Kit explores the fruitfulness of mission efforts and provides practical strategies to help ensure your mission hits the mark. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/doing-good-well-download?id=li20181010

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 ideas can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education?id=li20181010

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
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Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry Programs at Wesley
Public Engagement: Apply by Oct. 15 for January 2019 | Church Leadership Excellence: Apply by Feb. 15 for May 2019
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer two Doctor of Ministry programs. The Public Engagement track equips participants to lead congregations in healing the brokenness experienced in communities while being beacons of hope. The Church Leadership Excellence track provides clergy the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today: https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry?id=li20181010

Quotable Leadership
“These days call for the church to stretch itself out and create alternative spaces for building bonds and bridges.” — Neichelle R. Guidry

Adult Education Study: “Devotion to Jesus: The Divinity of Christ in Earliest Christianity”
In this eight-session video-based congregational study course, Dr. Larry Hurtado, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Christian origins, explores when, where, and why Christians first believed in the divinity of Jesus. He also clears away a mountain of popular misinformation. Devotion to Jesus is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/devotion-jesus-divinity-christ-earliest-christianity/?id=li20181010