Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Practices for Fruitful Congregations in a Post-Attractional Era
Robert Schnase’s five key practices — radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity — have helped thousands of congregations be more fruitful in ministry. But churches today face a more challenging reality than when Schnase first articulated these principles a decade ago. In a new, revised version of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Schnase reframes these key practices to move beyond attractional assumptions. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-practices-for-fruitful-congregations-in-a-post-attractional-era?id=li20181017

Episode 20
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Ministry Beyond the Wall: Revisiting the Five Fruitful Practices”
How can congregations more effectively practice fruitful ministry? In this episode Bishop Robert Schnase discusses his revised book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, with Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-20-ministry-beyond-the-wall-revisiting-the-five-fruitful-practices-featuring-robert-schnase?id=li20181017

Church Childcare Programs: Income Generators or Missional Opportunity?
Nursery schools and childcare programs are more to churches than a source of rental income. Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says they offer important missional opportunities as well. He outlines four simple strategies for engaging children and families. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/church-childcare-programs-income-generators-or-missional-opportunity?id=li20181017

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Canadian pastor Carey Nieuwhof offers a series of questions to help leaders gain momentum in their leadership, including these:
* Are you spending most of your time in your sweet spot?
* In your weekly routine, what are you having to manufacture energy to do?
* How can you put more fuel in the areas that are seeing the most traction?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. The Taking Church to the Community Tool Kit features engaging videos and presentations and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download?id=20181017

Unclutter Your Church
Revitalizing congregations must strip away some of the vestiges of the past to make space for the new amidst decades of physical and emotional clutter. To the Point: Unclutter Your Church Now helps congregations unshackle from the weight of clutter and disorganization. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-unclutter-your-church?id=li20181017

Support the Lewis Center
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Adult Education Study: “A Life Worthy of The Gospel”
How do Christians think and act faithfully in a complex and often ambiguous world? A Life Worthy of the Gospel is an eloquent, challenging, and inspiring six-session introduction to Christian ethics that avoids pat answers and simplistic lists of dos and don’ts. This study is a mid-level course that is densely packed with rich content and is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday school classes. Learn more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/life-worthy-gospel?id=li20181017

Quotable Leadership
“If something’s not producing good fruit, it’s time to prune that branch so the tree can regain health.” — Tony Morgan

Read “Church Leadership” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
The need for leadership in the church is pressing, and the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is great. In Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity, Dr. Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find this book the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/books/church-leadership-vision-team-culture-integrity-revised-edition?id=li20181017