Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

3 Strategies for Leading Beyond Your Blind Spots
Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says we all have characteristics that others recognize but we can’t quite see in ourselves. Effective leaders see past these blind spots by cultivating self-awareness, seeking accountability, and soliciting meaningful feedback. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-strategies-for-leading-beyond-your-blind-spots/?id=li20191002

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 42
“Don’t Be Shy when Building Bridges” featuring Ron Slaughter
How can your congregation bridge tradition with new ideas for ministry? In this episode we speak with Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME church, who shares how he maintains important traditions while still innovating. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-42-dont-be-shy-when-building-bridges-featuring-ron-slaughter/?id=li20191002

7 Building Blocks for Church Social Media Success
Mark MacDonald outlines how your church can stay in touch with congregants throughout the week with social media posts that extend the reach of your ministry by building an audience and a relevant brand following. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-building-blocks-for-church-social-media-success/?id=li20191002

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Focus is required to offer a distinctive contribution whether as a congregation or as a ministry within a congregation. Greg McKeown offers two questions that can help.
* If we could be truly excellent at only one thing, what would it be?
* How will we know when we have succeeded?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Free Guidebook! New LPLI Staff Version! New Lower Price!
LPLI Helps Church Leaders Get Better Feedback
LPLI is a confidential, online, 360º leadership assessment inventory designed to help those working in the church identify individual strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their ministry effectiveness. A free new guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” is available for all past and current LPLI users. And, as requested by many, LPLI: Staff Version is now available for church staff. Also, LPLI: Pastor Version has been refreshed and is available for a new, lower price. Learn more about the free guidebook, new LPLI Staff Version, and LPLI Pastor Version now. https://lpli.org/?id=li20191002

50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance
Worship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. Our free “50 Ways” tip sheet provides practical strategies to help you invite new people to attend worship; improve the attendance of current members; make your church visible and attractive; welcome worship guests warmly; and make worship accessible to newcomers. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-worship-attendance?id=li20191002

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

Learn to Be a Better Clergy Mentor
Clergy mentors indicate overwhelmingly that they need more training for their task. Mentees value mentoring but also indicate that their mentors need more resourcing for this important responsibility. “Taking Clergy Mentoring to the Next Level” is designed for clergy mentors who wish to prepare for a ministry of mentoring. Available in Group Training and Individual Study versions. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-clergy-mentoring-to-the-next-level-individual-version-download?id=li20191002

Quotable Leadership
“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” — Maya Angelou

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together”
Church leaders have always looked to scripture for wisdom on how to fulfill their callings. This six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that can inspire and guide faith leaders today. The accompanying “Study and Discussion Guide” provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. An e-book is also included with the study or may be purchased separately. Learn more about the study and e-book now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/?id=li20191002

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