Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 3, 2021

February 3, 2021
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

When Is the Right Time for Strategic Planning?
Susan Beaumont says strategic plans are meant to guide stable organizations through long periods of adaptation. In seasons of disruption and disorientation, other leadership approaches are more appropriate to spur adaptation. Read more now.https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/when-is-the-right-time-for-strategic-planning/

The Promise of Digital Giving
Ann Michel says that as the church increasingly moves online, so too must the church’s ministry of generosity. But this future requires the capacity to “receive” digital gifts and skill in “soliciting” gifts electronically from people beyond the reach of Sunday services. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/the-promise-of-digital-giving/

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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Many church meetings are spent debating whether an idea is right or wrong. Do members prefer one type of worship or another? Do youth respond to one approach to ministry or another? Mathematician Eugenia Cheng suggests asking whether something is true or false may not be the best way to frame discussions. She suggests better questions may be:
* Under what circumstances would this be true and under what circumstances would this be false?
* Where would this make a difference and where would it not make a difference?
* With whom would this be a positive motivator and with whom would it not?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/.

Optimize Your Church’s Annual Financial Campaign
Did you know that church members who pledge give 30 percent more than those who don’t pledge? 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 now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/optimizing-annual-financial-campaigns-download/

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 of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read, share, and download free now. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

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Quotable Leadership
“The biblical vision of heaven is more like the United Nations than any individual culture, race, or nation. If we don’t like being among people of other races, colors, languages, nations, and cultures, heaven might not be the place for us.” — James A. Harnish

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