Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

The Church and Election Day
Although congregations are prohibited from endorsing candidate or parties, Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff say there is much a church can do to encourage people to vote, ensure that voting occurs in a safe and secure manner, and encourage hope and civility in this polarized time. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-church-and-election-day/

5 Addictions the Church Must Overcome to Grow in the Future
Carey Nieuwhof explains that churches must respond to a culture this has become even more digital, mobile, and home-centered during the COVID-19 crisis. He predicts growing churches will focus less on place-based ministry and packed rooms and will adjust budgets and attitudes to fit a new reality. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-addictions-the-church-must-overcome-to-grow-in-the-future/

COVID-19 Resources
Leading Ideas articles, podcast episodes, and links. Visit https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/covid-19/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie says leaders must know the destination they seek. One way she puts it is, “Where are you going? Where is your somewhere going?” Once clear on the destination, her suggested follow-up questions can help.
* Does the journey require preparation?
* Is there someone showing you the way?
* Do you have everything you need for the journey?
* Are there others riding with you or are you going somewhere by yourself?
* Have you planned for detours or roadblocks?
* What do you plan to do when you arrive?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Learn to Increase Active Engagement in Your Church
What can you do when 20 percent of your congregation does 80 percent of the serving, learning, and leading? The “Increasing Active Engagement” Tool Kit includes videos, narrated presentations, outlines of key points, and supplementary materials to help you get and keep people involved and engaged. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/increasing-active-engagement-download/

Free Panel Discussion
Register for “The Crisis of Younger Clergy in the United Methodist Church: Young Clergy and Candidates Speak Out”
Wednesday, October 21, Noon Eastern
Clergy Age Trends in the UMC: 2005-2020 reports that the number of elders age 35 and under has fallen nearly to the record low recorded 15 years ago, erasing a decade of progress. The Lewis Center invites you to a webinar panel discussion where young clergy and candidates will explore the motivations, challenges, and needs of younger people pursuing a call to ministry. Learn more and register now. https://wesleyseminary.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y8vMr5gSQAGfPq348kGUOg

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

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
Women Speak of God
From the earliest days of the church, women have spoken and written of their faith. This eight-session study introduces us to the voices of six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling, and who were able to attest to God’s living presence amidst their struggles. “Women Speak of God” is ideal for women and men in your congregation’s in-person and online small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes who want to grow in faith and see how God works in difficult times and places. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/women-speak-god/

Quotable Leadership
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” — Mary Oliver

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2021
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/

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