October 26, 2022
Ron Edmondson shares his biggest leadership mistakes so that you can learn from his experience. These leadership lessons point to the importance of honesty and humility, honoring the perspectives of others and attending to the Holy Spirit, and knowing when the time is right for action.

In-depth Interview with Phil Cooke
How can you be creative when facing deadlines? Doug Powe, Director of the Lewis Center, interviews media consultant Phil Cooke about gaining clarity about expectations, saying “no,” and stumbling blocks to creativity.

Mike Bonem says a process of meaningful change can be slowed, interrupted, or completely stopped if a leader insists on trying to please everyone. What is critical is building enough genuine support so that the effort can move forward.

The Right Question
Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
One of the key roles for pastoral leaders is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) and to develop new leaders throughout the congregations. Lee Kricher uses a question that can help pastors assess how they are doing.

Would the people in your congregation who know you best consider you to be a leader who is deeply committed to developing other leaders and sharing leadership?

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 users receive a personalized leadership profile report that can be used for self-discovery, discussing their results with others, setting goals for improvement, and tracking progress over time.

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How can a small congregation engage the community in a significant way? With the right approach, a small church can make a big impact in the world through partnerships, creative use of resources, and a focus on relational ministry. Read To the Point: Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church to learn how.

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Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Topics include the existence of evil, the relationship between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more. Serious Questions to Hard Answers is an outstanding introductory-level study that appeals to a very wide audience and is ideal for your congregation’s online and in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.

“Quotable” Leadership
It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success . . . shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary. Walt Whitman
In this new book, F. Douglas Powe Jr. and Lovett H. Weems Jr. offer theological insights and practical skills to guide church leaders in stewarding traditions while also seeking innovative opportunities for faith communities.

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