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

There is No Such Thing as Church Revitalization
William Chaney says revitalization is the wrong goal for churches in decline, since it implies a return to the past. Churches need to instead rewrite their DNA by rediscovering their mission, reengaging their neighborhood, and refocusing their resources. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/there-is-no-such-thing-as-church-revitalization/?id=li20191030

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 44
“What’s Happening with Money and Congregations?” featuring David King
What are the latest trends in how churches receive, manage, and use funds? And what do they mean for your congregation? In this episode we speak with David King, director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, about new research on the economic practices of churches. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-44-whats-happening-money-congregations-featuring-david-king/?id=li20191030

Meet with a Purpose
Leadership Consultant Mike Bonem suggests strategies for making meetings more productive. The first step is to be clear about the purpose for convening a meeting. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/meet-with-purpose/?id=li20191030

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In assessing the potential outcomes of a proposed effort, one method is to ask those involved in the planning to answer these questions.
* What would be the ideal outcome?
* What would be a good outcome?
* What would be a terrible outcome?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Make Meetings Matter with “More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders”
Learn strategies to make meetings matter, foster a more effective leadership culture, find and support new leaders, and work better with teams with the “More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Tool Kit. The resource includes engaging videos, handouts, and supplementary materials to help you discover a more fruitful way of being in ministry together. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders?id=li20191030

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving?id=li20191030

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Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“Serious Answers to Hard Questions”
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Topics include the existence of evil, the relationship between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more. “Serious Questions to Hard Answers” is an outstanding introductory-level study that appeals to a very wide audience and is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions?id=li20191030

Quotable Leadership
“As servants of Christ, we have an obligation to the people in our neighborhoods to listen to them. They, however, have no obligation at all to listen to our side of things — we have to earn that right.” — Paul Nixon

Free Guidebook Helps Church Leaders Get More Out of LPLI
If you’re a past or present LPLI user, a new free downloadable guidebook, Making the Most of LPLI, helps you interpret and use your feedback better. 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. The guidebook is designed to lead you through a process of analyzing your results, discussing your results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve your effectiveness in ministry. Download the free guidebook now and learn more about LPLI. https://lpli.org/how-to-use-your-results-guidebook/?id=li20191030

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