Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, August 7, 2019

August 7, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

4 Strategies for Reversing the 80/20 Rule
How can a congregation move beyond having a small percentage of congregants doing the lion’s share of the work? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe outlines four simple strategies to expand the pool of participants in your church’s ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-strategies-for-reversing-the-80-20-rule/?id=li20190807

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 38
“Young Adult Ministry: Moving from Aspirational to Instructional” featuring Emily Peck-McClain
How can you better engage young adults today? In this episode we speak with Emily Peck-McClain, Visiting Professor of Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary, about ways congregations can connect with young adults more effectively. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-38-young-adult-ministry-moving-from-aspirational-to-instructional-featuring-emily-peck-mcclain/?id=li20190807

How a Strategically Planned Stewardship Campaign Increased Giving
Stewardship expert Catherine Malotky shares the success story of a church that approached groups of members who had different giving histories with different invitations to give and enjoyed a 30 percent increase in annual giving. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-a-strategically-planned-stewardship-campaign-increased-giving/?id=li20190807

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
In 2018, Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old from Carmel, Indiana, who was battling a rare bone cancer, became an inspirational figure for his beloved Purdue football team. Knowing that every day could be his last, he was grateful for every moment and reminded us all “that we are all in hospice to a certain degree.” He posed this incisive question:
* Why can’t we make every day count like it’s the last?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

“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. The tool kit includes engaging videos, handouts, and supplementary materials. Learn more and watch video previews now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders?id=li20190807

Giving Up to Our Potential
It’s often said that Christians are the most generous people. Unfortunately, it turns out this claim is not entirely true. Even though Christians are more generous than non-religious Americans, that’s not much to brag about. The vast majority of Christians are not giving up to their potential or in proportion to what their faith teaches. Read “To the Point: Giving Up to Our Potential.” Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-to-point-giving-up-to-our-potential?id=li20190807

Support the Lewis Center
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Learn How to Optimize Your Annual Financial Campaigns
Church members who pledge give 30 percent more than those who do not, and congregations that seek annual financial commitments have significantly higher levels of overall giving. With the “Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns” Video Tool Kit you will learn to reap the harvest of generosity through best practices to make your annual financial campaign more effective. Learn more and watch introductory videos. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/optimizing-annual-financial-campaigns-download?id=li20190807

Quotable Leadership
“Either we allow our discipleship to Jesus Christ to affect our relation to money or money will affect our relationship to Christ.” — James Hudnut-Beumler

All about Millennials
The “Leading Ideas” archives offers dozens of articles, videos, and podcast episodes to help you reach, engage, and serve young adults. Explore the archives now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/millennials/?id=li20190807

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