Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

People Too Busy to Serve? Teach Them to Steward Their Time
Lewis Center Staffer Ann A. Michel says people who think they are too busy to serve at church should be challenged to reexamine their priorities and make first fruits commitments of their time. Helping people steward God’s precious gift of time can free them from chronic busyness and allow them to experience the joy of serving. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/people-too-busy-to-serve-teach-them-to-steward-their-time?id=li20180829

Engaging Young Adults Through Innovation
Ebonie Johnson Cooper describes how involving young adults in an innovative process of ministry design can enhance their church participation. She outlines five pilot initiatives that are proving fruitful at Reid Temple AME Church in Maryland. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/uncategorized/engaging-young-adults-through-innovation?id=li20180829

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson Elton share some questions groups should consider if they plan to gather input through crowdsourcing.
1. What are the potential benefits and limitations of crowdsourcing this idea?
2. What social media tools would you use?
3. How would you separate good ideas from bad ideas?
4. How would you communicate the results?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Increase Active Engagement in Your Church
What can you do when 20 percent of your congregation does 80 percent of the serving, learning, and leading? The “Increasing Active Engagement” Tool Kit includes videos, narrated presentations, outlines of key points, and supplementary materials to help you get and keep people involved and engaged. Learn more and watch introductory video now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/increasing-active-engagement-download?id=li20180829

Read “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults better? “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults,” a curated collection of “Leading Ideas” articles plus discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. This insightful and practical ebook is available for Kindle and PDF. Learn more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/books/leading-ideas-to-reach-young-adults/?id=li20180829

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Teaching Children to Tithe
Teaching children to tithe is an important part of their faith education that we often overlook. “To the Point: Teaching Children to Tithe” suggests using “money jars” to reinforce giving to God, a core value of our faith that should be taught early. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-teaching-children-to-tithe?id=li20180829

Quotable Leadership
“These are the hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.” — Abigail Adams, 1790

Adult Education Study: “Journey Through the Psalms”
Take an in-depth look at the book of Psalms. Through study of the Word and insights gained through the arts, this course invites us to approach God with the same honesty and intensity as the ancient Psalmists. “Journey Through the Psalms” is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. The study includes eight sessions with video introductions, Leader’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and more. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/journey-through-the-psalms?id=li20180829