Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing During the COVID-19 Crisis
Stewardship expert Rob Blezard outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Key strategies include staying in communication with donors, including an offering time in online worship, and considering the CARES relief program. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-ways-to-keep-revenue-and-donations-flowing-during-the-covid-19-crisis/?id=li20200415

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 53
“Developing Effective Leaders” featuring Bishop Yehiel Curry
How can we more effectively develop leaders? In this episode, Bishop Yehiel Curry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offers his insights on leadership development. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-53-developing-effective-leaders-featuring-bishop-yehiel-curry/?id=li20200415

Becoming a Church Without Walls
Andrew Ponder Williams says that these trying times provide an opportunity to advance a new way of being church. He offers ideas on how digital connections can help us reach people not previously connected to our congregations. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/becoming-a-church-without-walls/?id=li20200415

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Church historian Justo L. González suggests we adopt a more realistic view of history focusing more on what we can learn than on naming “good guys and bad guys.” Instead of merely asking who was right, attention is given to questions such as:
* What were the forces — social, economic, religious — at play in a given conflict and how did they help determine the outcome?
* How do we discern God’s will in such a history without heroes or saints?
* How do we discern that will in our own days, when a similar history is unfolding?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/. Only $5 for a limited time.

“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?id=li20200415

Apply by April 20 for the Renowned Lewis Fellows Program for Outstanding Young Clergy
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-21 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Applications are due by April 20, 2020. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements. https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li2020415

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Learn to Motivate and Connect with Volunteers
Strong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. “50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement” offers tips to help you lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-active-engagement/?id=li20200415

Quotable Leadership
“There have probably been more churches damaged, more reputations tarnished, and more good ministries lost due to bad financial decisions than all other reasons combined.” — Karl Vaters

“Journey Through the Psalms” Video-Based Adult Christian Study Now Available on Download for Distance Learning
Regularly $75 – Now Only $5 through April 30
To provide churches an alternative to in-person study groups during this time of social distancing, we have made “Journey Through the Psalms” available on download. And through April 30 we’ve reduced the price from $75 to only $5 to allow more churches to benefit from distance learning. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms/?id=li20200401

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