Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

It Used to Work So Well
Lovett Weems says that a congregation’s success can lead to its demise if the creativity and adaptability that made the congregation vital becomes frozen in place. This irony can be surmounted only if a church maintains dynamic interactions with its constituencies and the surrounding environment. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/it-used-to-work-so-well/?id=li20191023

Asking Millennials to Give
John Wimberly dispels the myth that millennials aren’t willing to contribute to church. The problem is the church has not adapted to the 21st century ways of soliciting and receiving donations that would encourage their generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/asking-millennials-to-give/?id=li20191023

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Theologian Hans Küng says that members of any group, ecclesial or not, are always vitally interested in the following, without which leadership cannot function and a credibility gap arises.
* Does the leader really believe what he or she says?
* Is the leader convinced that the road to which the leader points is the right one?
* Does the leader regard the proposed goal as attainable?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn Why We Give
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in conjunction with an annual stewardship campaign or in a variety of Christian education settings. This video tool kit is ecumenical and may be used for self-study or with groups. Featured topics: Stewardship 101; What the Bible Teaches about Giving; A Christian Understanding of Money, Possessions, and Generosity; Biblical Generosity; and Faith and Generosity. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download?id=li20191023

Free Video: “Engaging Young Adults”
Engaging young adults in church, historically a challenge, is even more difficult today. What should your congregation do? What should they not do? Learn ideas and strategies to improve ministry with younger people in your congregation and community in this brief video. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/engaging-young-adults?id=li20191023

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

Apply Now for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2020 in Washington, DC
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=li20191023

Quotable Leadership
“The purpose of leadership is not to make the present bearable. The purpose of leadership is to make the future possible.” — Joan D. Chittister

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“The Methodist Class Leader”
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This seven-session video-based study curriculum examines the office of Methodist class leader. Class leaders and class meetings were part of the genius of the original Methodist movement. Yet, in many branches of Methodism today, the office no longer exists or has devolved into a merely token role. This study draws on the extensive work of Dr. David Lowes Watson, a leading scholar of Methodist history and an advocate for the revitalization of the office of class leader. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-methodist-class-leader/?id=li20191023

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