Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Is It Time to Right-Size Your Staff?
This might be the time to have a conversation about right-sizing your staff, says Jim Kitchens. He outlines different ways to approach the task depending on the urgency of the situation. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-it-time-to-right-size-your-staff/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 64
“Churches Thriving with Part-Time Pastors” featuring G. Jeffrey MacDonald
We don’t typically associate a thriving church with having a part-time pastor. Journalist and pastor Jeffrey MacDonald begs to differ as he discusses with us his new and provocative book, “Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-Time Clergy.” Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-64-churches-thriving-with-part-time-pastors-featuring-g-jeffrey-macdonald/

What Is Your Narrative?
Is your church dwelling in a story of woe and discouragement? Or does it see current circumstances through the lens of change and new opportunity? According to Mike Bonem, leaders set a positive tone for their churches by framing a narrative that emphasizes bright spots and the belief that God is doing something new. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-is-your-narrative/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Michael R. Fisher offers some questions for congregations wanting to be positive contributors to the justice issues all communities face.
* What actions has our congregation taken to address racial inequality in our community?
* How have we used our congregation’s resources to support racial injustices or support racial justice?
* What do these answers mean then for how we are going to live out our faith in the future?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

LPLI Staff Version Provides Better Feedback for Staff Development
For Christian Educators, Program Directors, Youth Directors, Children’s Ministry Directors,
Church Administrators, Music Directors, Mission Coordinators, and more
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. LPLI Staff Version provides better feedback for staff development and includes a free guidebook, “Making the Most of LPLI,” designed to lead a staff member through a process of analyzing their results, discussing their results with others, and formulating an action plan to improve their effectiveness. Learn more about LPLI Staff Version. https://lpli.org/lpli-staff-version/

Learn 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Whether online or in person, the church should demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” to learn how. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/

Support the Lewis Center
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Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

Only $4.99 through September 30 with coupon code NEHEMIAH499
“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Video-based Adult Christian Study
Ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
Church leaders have always looked to the Scriptures for wisdom on how to fulfill their callings. This downloadable six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that can inspire and guide faith leaders today. The accompanying Study and Discussion Guide provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. Regularly $50 — only $4.99 through September 30 with coupon code NEHEMIAH499. And for tips, suggestions, and links to helpful videos tutorials to get your study groups online, check out our free How-to Guide for Online Studies webpage. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/

Quotable Leadership
“In Scripture, God loves to exceed the limits of what humans believe to be possible. We should not assume that God acts any differently today when the faithful are gathered.” — G. Jeffrey MacDonald

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 has not 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

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