Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Young Elder Numbers Return to Near Historic Low in UMC
Lovett H. Weems, Jr., reports that the number of young elders in the United Methodist Church has dropped precipitously in the past two years. The number of elders age 35 and under has fallen nearly to the record low recorded 15 years ago, erasing a decade of progress. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/young-clergy-numbers-return-to-near-historic-low-in-umc/

5 Suggestions for Managing Conflict in Polarized Contexts
Effective leadership is the critical variable that holds an institution together when conflict threatens to tear it apart. David R. Brubaker says a high level of conflict is less likely when leaders engage conflict, manage polarities, commit to respectful cooperation, speak truth, and protect their people. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-suggestions-for-managing-conflict-in-polarized-contexts/

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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Debi Nixon talks about how easy it is for most of us, even those with the best of intentions, to move toward those with whom we are most comfortable. She has found a question that helps her resist this tendency when she enters a setting.
* Who is in the room that maybe no one else has noticed?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Download the Complete Clergy Age Trends in the UMC Report
The complete Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church, 1985-2000 report is available for download free of charge. The report includes detailed data for every annual conference, including the conferences that have larger numbers of young elders, as well as the latest figures and trends for deacons and local pastors. Download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/research/clergy-age-trends-in-the-united-methodist-church-1985-2020/

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth
How can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-youth/

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Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults better? Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults, a curated collection of “Leading Ideas” articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical e-book is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/

Quotable Leadership
“A life is important only in the impact it has on other lives.” — Jackie Robinson, epitaph he wrote for his headstone

New Doctor of Ministry begins May 2021
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness
What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. In a world that’s all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace. Learn more and apply now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/public-engagement/

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