Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Can Church Leaders Help Reframe the Gun Debate?
Lovett H. Weems, Jr., says that church leaders can make a difference on issues of extreme political polarization such as guns, if they put themselves in the role of interpreter, reframer, questioner, and fellow seeker. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/can-church-leaders-help-reframe-the-gun-debate?id=li20180404

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: “Thinking Bigger About Stewardship and Crowdsourcing”
How can crowdsourcing be used for funding ministry? Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel speaks with Adam Copeland of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary about trends in congregational stewardship and crowdsourcing. Listen now: https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/thinking-bigger-about-stewardship-and-crowdsourcing-featuring-adam-copeland?id=li20180404

Lead, Learn, Launch: Getting Started with Digital Giving
Need a roadmap for getting started with electronic giving in your church? Alex Benson of Luther Seminary outlines a three-step process for implementing the methods of giving that most churchgoers prefer and regularly use in other financial transactions. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/lead-learn-launch-getting-started-with-digital-giving?id=li20180404

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
When there seem to be continuing reservations by one or more people to a direction a group is planning to take, these questions may help:
* What are your major concerns about this action, project, etc.?
* What other options do you see to accomplish the same goal?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Apply by April 13 for the 2018-19 Lewis Fellows Program
We are now receiving applications for the 2018-19 Lewis Fellows program that brings together outstanding young clergy (under the age of 35) from a variety of denominational backgrounds for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Support for this program is provided by the Lilly Endowment Transition into Ministry Initiative. Applications are due by April 13, 2018. Learn more about the program, meeting dates, costs, and eligibility requirements: https://www.churchleadership.com/lewis-fellows?id=li20180404

Free Video: “Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It”
To encourage the spiritual gift of giving, watch this eight-minute video by Lewis Center Senior Consultant Lovett H. Weems, Jr. It provides an overview of the importance of congregational giving and ways you can improve it. Watch now: https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-giving-matters-and-clues-for-improving-it?id=li20180404

Quotable Leadership
“Connective leaders perceive connections and possibilities where traditional leaders and long-term opponents see only separation and hostility. Because they can discern common ground, they can begin to address common problems.” — Jean Lipman-Blumen

Adult Education Study: “Serious Answers to Hard Questions”
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address ten issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside 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 small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions?id=li20180404

Pastors Moving to New Churches Need the Right Start
Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. “The Right Start” is available in both Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20180404