Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

8 Factors that Make You a More Influential Leader
A leader needs influence to move a community in the right direction. Eight key factors can help you gain and keep influence writes F. Douglas Powe, Jr., director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, and James C. Logan, Chair of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship), at Wesley Theological Seminary. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/8-factors-that-make-you-a-more-influential-leader/

3 Types of Alignment between Pastor and Congregation Promote Wellbeing and Effectiveness
Matt Bloom, principal investigator for the Flourishing in Ministry research initiative, says a good fit between pastor and congregation is essential for pastoral effectiveness and wellbeing. His research suggests clergy thrive when there is alignment between the job responsibilities and the pastor’s skills, a match between the values of the pastor and those of the church, and when the position satisfies the pastor’s personal and family needs. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-types-of-alignment-between-pastor-and-congregation-promote-well-being-and-effectiveness/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Sometimes we can forget how important the things are that we do well as we dwell on our shortcomings. Another way to approach weaknesses is to begin with our strengths and then ask this question.
* What is something I do extremely well that may help me address a weakness that I have?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins May 2021
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the 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/

5 Indices of Health and Vitality for Small to Mid-Sized Congregations
In “To the Point: A New Way to View Small Church Vitality,” small church expert Dr. Lew Parks describes five indices of health and vitality for small to mid-sized congregations that contribute to “dynamic equilibrium.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/point-new-way-view-small-church-vitality/

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“More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” Video Tool Kit
Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. “More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders” helps clergy and lay leaders, in churches both large and small, discover a more synergistic and fruitful way of being in ministry together. Learn more and watch video previews. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders/

Quotable Leadership
“Realities are always defeating ideals, but ideals have a way of taking vengeance upon the facts which momentarily imprison them.” — Reinhold Niebuhr, 1919

Changes Congregations Face
From worship attendance patterns to diversity, from finances to faith formation, the church is changing. This new leadership study explores these topics and more, along with discussion questions and action steps. “Changes Congregations Face” is an ideal conversation starter for your small groups, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. The 39-page document may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Only $3.99. Learn more and view a sample unit now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/changes-congregations-face/?id=li2020506

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