Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

We Can’t Compete with Sunday Sports if Worship is Boring
Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller say churches can’t complain about other activities encroaching on Sundays if our worship is boring. No matter the style, Spirit-infused worship that brings people into the presence of the living God is anything but boring! Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/we-cant-compete-with-sunday-sports-if-worship-is-boring/?id=li20190828

Should Time and Talents be Part of Your Stewardship Campaign?
Ann Michel, who teaches stewardship at Wesley Theological Seminary, says encouraging people to pledge their time and talents reinforces a holistic understanding of stewardship. But a combined campaign isn’t the only way to communicate that stewardship is about more than money. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/should-time-and-talents-be-part-of-your-stewardship-campaign/?id=li20190828

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Churches that set themselves apart as distinctive in some way tend to grow more than churches that people view in a more generic way. Finding what might be a special focus for your church needs to connect with your mission and tradition while at the same time setting itself apart from many or most other churches. One question that may help this discernment is:
* What is a need that fits our mission and capabilities that no other church is addressing and is not likely to begin addressing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn 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 an watch introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download?id=li20190828

Free Video: Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It
To help you reach new disciples, this free Lewis Center video by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., provides an overview of why worship attendance is important and ways you can improve it. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/why-worship-attendance-matters-and-clues-for-improving-it?id=li20190828

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
Donate now: https://www.churchleadership.com/support-the-lewis-center?id=leadingideas

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“Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together” Adult Christian Study and E-book
Church leaders have always looked to scripture for wisdom on how God’s leaders are to fulfill their callings. One such leader is Nehemiah. This six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that are an inspiration and guide to faith leaders today. The accompanying study and discussion guide provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. An e-book is also included with the study or may be purchased separately. Learn more about the study and e-book now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/?id=li20190821

Quotable Leadership
“Passion for a goal doesn’t guarantee success, but without it, you can’t even begin.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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