Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

What Will Your Church Look Like Post-COVID-19?
Barry Winders says the COVID-19 crisis is a hinge point for the church. This pivotal time demands mission-focused leaders lest the church slip back into the busyness and nonmissional activities of the pre-COVID-19 past. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-will-your-church-look-like-post-covid-19/

Is Your Church Ready to Receive a Large Gift?
Many churches dream of receiving a large gift or bequest, but few are prepared for the opportunities and challenges such a gift presents. Ken Sloane poses five simple questions to assess if your church is ready. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-church-ready-to-receive-a-large-gift/

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.”
When a new challenge arises, our tendency is often to begin with the question, “What should we do?” If you already knew what to do, chances are someone would have done it already. The first task may be to learn more before doing anything. To gain that knowledge, you might ask questions such as these:
* With whom do we need to talk?
* Who else is facing this challenge?
* Who has experience in what we are facing?
* What internal and external information do we need to gather?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Free Webinar — Register Now
Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship
Tuesday, March 23, Noon Eastern
Learn how to take your leadership of digital worship to the next level. Join Dr. Tim Snyder for this 90-minute interactive presentation that will explore key guiding questions that should drive digital worship design, case studies from the Religious Workforce Project (a Lilly funded research project), and your questions. (Really, ask us anything!) Register now. TBD

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 nonreligious 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, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-to-point-giving-up-to-our-potential/

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Learn to Protect, Sustain, and Grow Your Church’s Money for Ministry
“Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money” provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money/

Quotable Leadership
“Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, nor absorbed.” — Mary Parker Follett, 1868-1933

Lenten and Easter Resources
For great ideas on observing Lent and celebrating Easter in your church, check out our archives of Leading Ideas articles on the subject. Explore archive now. https://www.churchleadership.com/tag/lenteaster/

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