Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

When Churches Engage the World of Business
Audrey Warren led First United Methodist Church Miami toward a new vision anchored in the redevelopment of its property with a commercial real estate partner. She offers tips to churches considering more entrepreneurial ways of financing ministry. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/when-churches-engage-the-world-of-business/

Effective Leaders Know When to Take Risks and When to Exercise Restraint
Larry Buxton says some leaders are naturally risk-inclined, others risk-adverse. In a recent book on the leadership of King David, he suggests that effective leaders have the courage to act either way depending on circumstances. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/effective-leaders-know-when-to-take-risks-and-when-to-exercise-restraint/

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.”
Michael R. Fisher suggests that congregations cannot address justice issues in their communities alone. He offers these questions to consider.
* With whom can we partner?
* With whom are we in regular dialogue to increase our witness as a congregation that stands for justice?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Build a Better Annual Budget for Your Church
The “Developing Your Operating Budget” Video Tool Kit helps you understand what an operating budget is, different ways that churches create their annual operating budgets, and five common budgeting models. No matter your church size, this resource will provide clues and wisdom to help your budget advance your mission and accomplish God’s vision for your congregation. Learn more and watch introductory videos now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/developing-your-operating-budget-download/

50 Ways to Strengthen Adult Education
Vital churches provide ways for people of all ages to grow in faith through learning. These 50 ideas can help your congregation build a strong program of Christian education for adults. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-adult-education/

Support the Lewis Center
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Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. Learn more and apply today. https://www.churchleadership.com/doctor-of-ministry-in-church-leadership-excellence/

Quotable Leadership
“Leadership is desired and yet often shunned. It is celebrated and criticized at the same time. It is appreciated and yet despised. It is wanted and yet often exists in hostile environments. Leadership and leaders are admired and sometimes hated.” — Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Video-based Adult Study Curriculum
Leading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together
Ideal for your congregation’s online or in-person small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes
Church leaders have always looked to the Scriptures for wisdom on how to fulfill their callings. This downloadable six-session video-based study curriculum lifts up key themes in Nehemiah’s witness that can inspire and guide faith leaders today. The accompanying Study and Discussion Guide provides scriptures, introductory information, discussion questions, and prayers to structure group conversations on the subject of each video. Watch an introductory video, view sample Study and Discussion Guide pages, and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/nehemiah-leadership/

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