Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Practices That Help Newcomers Get Involved
Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff says churches often operate in ways that make it hard for new people to get involved, even if they are hospitable on Sunday morning. She outlines five practices that can make it easier for new people to get connected and advance as leaders. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-practices-that-help-newcomers-get-involved/?id=li20190911

7 Characteristics of Humble Confident Leaders
Confidence is important for leaders, but according to Kay Kotan and Phil Schroeder, confidence can easily tilt toward arrogance. They outline seven characteristics, such as vulnerability, integrity, and inclusiveness, that promote a balanced, humble confidence. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-characteristics-of-humble-confident-leaders/?id=li20190911

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Often groups work on problems that have been perennial issues in their church. It may help to discuss why similar issues continue year after year by using a question such as:
* Why have all the previous efforts to address this issue failed?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

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 a 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=li20190911

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?id=li20190911

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“Be the Welcoming Church” Video Tool Kit
Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable
“Be the Welcoming Church” will help you develop a congregation-wide ethos of hospitality and institute best practices for greeting newcomers, making them feel at home and encouraging them to return. The tool kit includes engaging videos, “Study and Discussion Guide,” and more. “Be the Welcoming Church” may be used for hospitality training or in adult classes or groups. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/be-the-welcoming-church/?id=li20190911

Quotable Leadership
“The cornerstone of a truly democratic system of governance is not voting or any other particular mechanism. It is the belief that power ultimately flows from ideas, not people. To be truly mission-based is to be democratic in this way, to make the mission more important than the boss.” — Peter Senge

Read “Church Leadership” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
The need for leadership in the church is pressing, and the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is great. In “Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, Integrity,” Dr. Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find this book the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/church-leadership-vision-team-culture-integrity-revised-edition?id=li20190911

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