Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Ways to Help Church Staff Succeed
How can your congregation help those in paid staff roles perform most effectively? Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff outlines five ways to clarify expectations and help church staff develop their professional skills. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-ways-to-help-church-staff-succeed/?id=li20191009

5 Reasons Why the Church of the Future Will be Online
With more and more people working, learning, and dating online, Paul Nixon predicts an explosion of online ministry. And rather than just broadcasting things meant primarily for people gathered in a church building, more worship and activities will be designed entirely for and with people on the web. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-reasons-why-the-church-of-the-future-will-be-online/?id=li20191009

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Carey Nieuwhof suggests seven questions that “every volunteer asks but never says out loud.” Make sure you have good answers to all these before making your next request for service.
* Is this really about the mission?
* Are the relationships around here healthy?
* Will serving help me grow spiritually?
* Am I just a means to an end?
* Will you help me develop the skills I need?
* Are you organized, or are you going to waste my time?
* Am I signing up for life?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

New LPLI Staff Version! Free Guidebook! New Lower Price!
LPLI Provides Better Feedback for Staff Reviews
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 new LPLI Staff Version provides better feedback for staff reviews. And a free new guidebook, Making the Most of LPLI, is available for all past and current LPLI users. Also, LPLI Pastor Version has been refreshed and is available for a new, lower price. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version, the free guidebook, and LPLI Pastor Version now. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/?id=li20191009

Free Video: The New Realities of Engaging Newcomers
This five-minute video by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., provides an overview of how new people are coming into church communities in different ways than previously, what it means for your congregation, and what you can do to engage these newcomers today. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/the-new-realities-of-engaging-newcomers?id=li20191009

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

Why Wesley? The Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership
New cohort begins May 2020 in Washington, DC
When four clergy colleagues from Alabama decided to pursue their Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence together at Wesley Theological Seminary, we asked them, “Why Wesley?” And they answered with this video. We invite you to follow in their footsteps. Watch video, learn more, and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/?id=li20191009

Quotable Leadership
“There is far less randomness to the future than we thought. More of it is predictable than not.” — Rebecca D. Costa

Read “Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers”
By Dr. Ann A. Michel, Lewis Center Associate Director
The landscape of ministry is rapidly evolving as more and more lay persons take on significant ministry roles. Yet our mindset about ministry hasn’t been as quick to change. Lay ministry practitioners are often ill-prepared and underappreciated, confused about their call, and unsure of their theological identity. Dr. Michel’s book Synergy is a leadership guide that speaks directly to their needs. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/synergy-leadership-guide-church-staff-volunteers?id=li20191009

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