October 28, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary
A Call to Overinvest in the Young
Bishop Janice Huie calls for a new approach to engaging younger people in the church. She argues for overinvesting in young people who don’t sit in our pews every Sunday by drawing resources from the center to the periphery of the church. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/a-call-to-overinvest-in-the-young/
Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 67
“Virtual Advent” featuring Anna Petrin
How can Advent be special in a year when so much is different? In this episode, Professor of Worship Anna Petrin shares ideas for bringing Advent from the sanctuary to the home and allowing its themes of longing and hope to speak to our current reality. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-67-virtual-advent-featuring-anna-petrin/
Is Closing a Church Ever a Good Thing?
Tim Snyder of the Lewis Center Staff writes that closing a church often brings conflict, denial, and shame. But death is a natural passage in the lifecycle of a church. To approach it honestly and gracefully is an act of profound gospel leadership that can bring forth new opportunities and renewed hope. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-closing-a-church-ever-a-good-thing/
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
The head of “talent development” for a large corporation has found that helping people identify their values and finding ways those values can be lived out within their daily lives is important to growth and fulfillment. After skilled coaches help people name their most cherished values and interests, this question is asked:
* What’s keeping you from them?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.
What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“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/
Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church
How can a small congregation engage the community in a significant way? With the right approach, a small church can make a big impact in the world through partnerships, creative use of resources, and a focus on relational ministry. Read “To the Point: Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church” to learn how. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-community-ministry-small-church/
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Watch Young Clergy and Candidates Speak Out
Did you miss The Crisis of Younger Clergy in the UMC: Young Clergy and Candidates Speak Out? The recording of the event is now available to watch. In this panel discussion, young clergy and candidates explore the motivations, challenges, and needs of younger people pursuing a call to ministry. Watch the Crisis of Young Clergy webinar now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/the-crisis-of-younger-clergy-in-the-umc-young-clergy-and-candidates-speak-out-2/
“Prophets are those who take life as it is and expand it. They refuse to shrink a vision of tomorrow to the boundaries of yesterday.” — Joan D. Chittister
Read “Not Safe for Church”
Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people. In Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, Lewis Center Director Doug Powe and Pastor Jasmine Smothers give 10 ways to help churches move from just saying what they intend to do to actually doing it. This book provides tools to help congregations reframe the Good News in non-traditional ways plus study questions for church leadership teams. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/not-safe-church-ten-commandments-reaching-new-generations/
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