Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Friendship as a Means of Discipleship
Befriending others was the early church’s method of evangelism, discipleship, and worship. Greg Moore, who works to create new faith communities, says it is critical for the church to remember how to practice friendship as Jesus did. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/friendship-as-a-means-of-discipleship/?id=li20190904

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 40
“You’re Already Doing It” featuring Kevin Harney
How is your congregation practicing evangelism? In this episode we speak with Kevin Harney about ways to improve your church’s organic outreach to connect better with those outside of your congregation. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-40-youre-already-doing-it-featuring-kevin-harney/?id=li20190904

Is Your Church Ignoring Capital Needs?
Lovett Weems says a separate capital budget can help assure adequate funding for the upkeep of a church’s property, facilities, and equipment. In starting a capital budget, a church needs to assess its current and future needs and decide on the sources of income that will be dedicated to these needs. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-church-ignoring-capital-needs/?id=li20190904

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
So much effort goes in to trying to fix problems that we sometimes fail to ask more basic questions, such as:
* What do we have this problem in the first place?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn Best Practices to Build and Fund You Capital Budget
Your capital budget isn’t just about facilities — it’s about using your facilities to further your church’s mission. The “Building and Funding Your Capital Budget” Video Tool Kit helps you understand what a capital budget is, how to engage the big questions about your church, and how to assess your current situation. No matter your church size, this resource provides clues and wisdom to help your capital budget advance your mission and accomplish God’s vision for your congregation. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/building-funding-capital-budget?id=li20190904

What Small Churches Can Teach Us about Discipleship
Unlike large churches, the leadership in small churches is more democratic and voluntary. And many small churches have a natural sense of hospitality and level of comfort and ease when it comes to worship, that makes visitors feel quite comfortable. There is much that larger churches can learn from their smaller brethren about welcoming new people and making disciples, writes Allen T. Stanton for Ministry Matters. Read more now. https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/9738/what-small-churches-can-teach-us-about-discipleship?id=li20190904

Support the Lewis Center
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“The Methodist Class Leader” Adult Christian Study
Regularly $75, only $25 for the first 300 purchasers thanks to a generous contribution!
This seven-session video-based study curriculum examines the office of Methodist class leader. Class leaders and class meetings were part of the genius of the original Methodist movement. Yet, in many branches of Methodism today, the office no longer exists or has devolved into a merely token role. This study draws on the extensive work of Dr. David Lowes Watson, a leading scholar of Methodist history and an advocate for the revitalization of the office of class leader. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-methodist-class-leader/?id=li20190904

Quotable Leadership
“If you want to get on the same page with people, create an actual page. Move your thoughts out of your head and onto a sheet of paper.” — Michael Lukaszewski

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Read “50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children” and learn how your church can demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/?id=li20190904

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