Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Top Lewis Center Resources of 2018

Lewis Center resources guide you in strengthening your personal leadership and renewing your congregation. Following are our most popular free and purchased resources of the year. Save 20% on video tool kits and PDF ebooks with coupon code TOP2018 through January 6, 2019.

—– Top Free Resources

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. These “50 Ways” provide tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community?id=li-top20181219

50 Ways to Welcome New People
How can your congregation make a good first impression with first-time visitors? This “50 Ways” fact sheet provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people?id=li-top20181219

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” will help church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Watch, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving?id=li-top20181219

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
Is a new pastor or associate pastor in your church’s future? These great tips guide you in saying goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and how to welcome your new pastor. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-a-new-pastor?id=li-top20181219

50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign
These “50 Ways” will help you maximize giving by improving your annual financial campaign. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-improve-your-annual-stewardship-campaign?id=li-top20181219

To the Point: A Letter to Churches Seeking New Members
Lyda K. Hawes offers candid observations for congregations seeking new members, including “No public humiliation. No stalking. Remember us. And tell us what you really believe.” Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-a-letter-to-churches-seeking-new-members?id=li-top20181219

50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement
Strong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. These “50 Ways” will help your congregation increase active engagement. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-increase-active-engagement?id=li-top20181219

—– Top Purchased Resources

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Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
A Wesley Ministry Network Adult Education Study
Ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes, this video-based study features biblical scholar N.T. Wright. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/simply-christian?id=li-top20181219

Discovering God’s Future for Your Church Video Tool Kit
This turn-key tool kit helps your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/discovering-gods-future-church?id=li-top20181219

Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money Video Tool Kit
Learn practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, more. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money?id=li-top20181219

Serious Answers to Hard Questions
A Wesley Ministry Network Adult Education Study
In this thought-provoking video-based congregational study, leading theologians address 10 issues that are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside the church. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/serious-answers-hard-questions?id=li-top20181219

More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders Video Tool Kit
Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/church-leaders-stronger-church-leaders?id=li-top20181219

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting Video Tool Kit
Moving, Pastor? Learn how to end your current ministry well and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li-top20181219

Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns Video Tool Kit
Learn best practices to make your annual financial campaign more effective. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/optimizing-annual-financial-campaigns-download?id=li-top20181219

Right Questions for Church Leaders E-book
The topics in this e-book cover challenges that nearly all church leaders face and make great starting points for discussions in church meetings, small groups, and sermons. Available on PDF and Kindle. Learn more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders?id=li-top20181219