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November 1, 2023

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3 Ways to Cultivate Resilient Leadership

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Leadership is challenging, especially in these days, so effective leaders need to be resilient. C. Kavin Rowe asserts that resilience is essential in Christian communities as they are founded on hope. He outlines three ways Christian communities can cultivate hope and nurture resilience in their leaders. Read more now.

Leadership | Leadership Best Practices | Leadership Development | Lessons for Leaders | Spirituality and Leadership

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 135

“Discipleship and Mission in the Micro Church Movement in Australia” featuring Bree Mills

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What are micro churches and how do they disciple missional leaders? Bree Mills, director of Micro Churches Australia shares with us the characteristics of micro churches, how they are formed, and how micro church leaders are developed. Listen now, read transcript, and watch on YouTube.

Community Outreach | Evangelism | Faith Formation | Fresh Expressions | Leading Ideas Talks Podcast | Missional Church | Reach New Disciples | Reaching Younger People | Small Groups

Leading Articles

A look back at the most popular stories of the past 20 years

What’s Wrong with Thinking of Church as Family?

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Lee Ann M. Pomrenke says the beloved metaphor of church as family can stand in the way of a congregation being truly open and inclusive. The church is a movement defined by shared values, commitments, and actions, not a household family linked by a shared heritage or appearances. Read more now.

20th Anniversary Article | Congregational Revitalization | Diversity | Hospitality | Newcomers | Reach New Disciples | Welcome | Women and Leadership

Lewis Center video tool kit resource

Taking Church to the Community

Taking Church to the Community

Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Taking Church to the Community features engaging videos and presentations and is designed for both self-study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now.

Discover more video tool kits plus adult Christian studies.

The Right Question

Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.

Achieving a goal or preparing for an event requires many people doing their work well. Often mistakes are made and momentum lost when sufficient time is not given to regular check-ins for the group, using questions such as: 

What’s exciting about what you are doing? What causes you to worry? How is your workload? What feedback would help you? What suggestions would help the group? 

Want more Right Questions? Read Right Questions for Church Leaders.

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50 Ways tip sheet

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education

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Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 tips and strategies can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read now, download free, and share.

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Video-based adult Christian study

Women Speak of God

Women Speak of God study

From the earliest days of the church, women have spoken and written of their faith. This eight-session study introduces us to the voices of six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling, and who were able to attest to God's living presence amidst their struggles. This resource is ideal for women and men in your congregation's small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more now.

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“Quotable” Leadership

“One is at once, in every moment of time, historian, contemporary analyst, and prophet — not three separate roles. This is what the practicing leader is, every day of one’s life.” — Robert K. Greenleaf

The Doctor of Ministry

Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership

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 for May 2024.
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