Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

8 Steps for Moving from Protest Moment to Social Action Movement
C. Anthony Hunt writes that recent social movements raise the question of how protest moments can lead to substantial, sustainable social change. He outlines eight steps for galvanizing support and moving from reaction to constructive, coordinated action. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/8-steps-for-moving-from-protest-moment-to-social-action-movement/

3 Ways to Reset Your Stewardship Ministry
Nearly half of congregations say stewardship is the biggest challenge they face as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Stewardship expert Clayton Smith says churches can bounce back and suggests three ways to move forward with sustained generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/3-ways-to-reset-your-stewardship-ministry-in-the-midst-of-covid-19/

COVID-19 Resources
Leading Ideas articles, podcast episodes, and links. Visit https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/covid-19/

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Sometimes our caution about something not being accepted or not working out may lead us to never try good ideas. If you have ideas you are reluctant to advance, ask this question.
* What’s a safe way for me to test out the wisdom of an idea I’ve had for a long time but never acted upon?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

What is God’s Vision for Your Congregation?
“Discovering God’s Future for Your Church” is a turnkey tool kit to help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. The tool kit features videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, worksheets, and more. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church/

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

Support the Lewis Center
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Teach Others Why We Give
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in conjunction with an annual stewardship campaign or in a variety of Christian education settings. This video tool kit is ecumenical and may be used for self study or with groups. Featured topics: Stewardship 101; What the Bible Teaches about Giving; A Christian Understanding of Money, Possessions, and Generosity; Biblical Generosity; and Faith and Generosity. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download/

Quotable Leadership
“Innovation always has a past.” — Dan Roam

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
Serious Answers to Hard Questions
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. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions/

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