Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Ways to Lead Effectively When Expectations Change
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe explains that church leaders today are forced to lead amid constantly changing expectations. He outlines a four-step process to help a church deal with a change in direction. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-to-lead-effectively-when-expectations-change/?id=li20191016

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 43
“Resurrecting Youth Ministry” featuring Jen Bradbury
Are you longing to connect with youth in relevant and faithful ways? In this episode we speak with Jen Bradbury about fresh approaches to youth ministry and how to conduct youth mission trips with integrity and purpose. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-43-resurrecting-youth-ministry-featuring-jen-bradbury/?id=li20191016

What Question is Your Church Trying to Answer?
Quincy Brown says most churches are focused on answering questions related to their own survival rather than answering the life questions that people beyond the church really care about. The question needs to shift from saving the congregation and its traditions to helping people feel at home in a world awash in chaos by following the path of Jesus. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-question-is-your-church-trying-to-answer/?id=li20191016

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
A church had no trouble beginning new things but often the new activities stretched their capabilities. Some wondered if all the endeavors fit the church’s purpose. A method that helped the church decide on future initiatives was always to keep their mission statement before them and to ask of any proposal:
* Should we do it?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

What Next Faithful Step is God Calling Your Church to Take?
“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?id=20191016

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=li20191016

Support the Lewis Center
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Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Religion and Science —- Pathways to Truth”
Must we choose between God and science? The nine lessons in this essential and inspiring course offer a positive alternative: a way to live in today’s world as scientifically informed believers. Hosted by National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, “Religion and Science” is ideal for your small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/religion-science-pathways-truth?id=li20190116

Quotable Leadership
“To achieve a goal that you have never achieved before, you must start doing things you have never done before.” — Jim Stuart

Read “Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church”
Too often church advocates insist that if genuine change is to occur in the church, they must throw out everything that has gone before. The problem with such calls for radical change is that they are not true to the way that genuine and lasting change takes place, says author Lovett H. Weems, Jr. In his book “Take the Next Step” he offers congregational leaders essential insights into how they can work with and through their churches’ ministries to bring about authentic and faithful growth. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/take-the-next-step-leading-lasting-change-in-the-church?id=li20191016

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