Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

7 Reasons You Must Not Abandon Your Online Services
Thom Rainer says it is a mistake for churches to give up their digital or streaming services after returning to in-person worship. He outlines seven reasons online worship can augment your place-based worship and reach the community. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-reasons-you-must-not-abandon-your-online-services/

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 73
“Discovering God in Nature” featuring Beth Norcross
Why do we feel comforted, healed, and enlivened in nature? Beth Norcross explains it is because God is so present there. In this episode we discuss how nature is our first way of knowing God and how individuals and churches can connect with this deep wellspring of spiritual meaning. Listen now or read transcript. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-73-discovering-god-in-nature-featuring-beth-norcross/

Giving for the Right Reasons
The Christian faith invites us to think about giving in new and countercultural ways. Giving faithfully and for the right reasons puts us in alignment with God’s purposes and brings joy. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/giving-for-the-right-reasons/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Alicia Garza says that the potential of any movement for change is shaped by four questions:
* Where are we?
* Who are we?
* From where did we come?
* What do we care about most in the here and now?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Instill in Your Congregation the Connection between Faith and Generosity
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 watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/theology-of-stewardship-and-biblical-generosity-download/

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. http://Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It

Support the Lewis Center
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Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
“The Methodist Class Leader” Adult Christian Study
$75 $25 for the first 300 purchasers thanks to a generous contribution!
This seven-session video-based study curriculum examines the office of Methodist class leader. Class leaders and class meetings were part of the genius of the original Methodist movement. Yet, in many branches of Methodism today, the office no longer exists or has devolved into a merely token role. This study draws on the extensive work of Dr. David Lowes Watson, a leading scholar of Methodist history and an advocate for the revitalization of the office of class leader. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-methodist-class-leader/

Quotable Leadership
“A leader stays alive not by ‘playing it safe’ but by taking deliberate risks based on ongoing assessment of the territory, knowing that corrective action will almost always be necessary.” — Ronald Heifetz

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. https://www.churchleadership.com/events/participation-presence-leading-meaningful-digital-worship/

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