Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Moving Beyond Church in A Box
Pastor Carey Nieuwhof says congregations need to break free of the mentality that people need to come to church at a set time and place to be in relationship with Christ. Churches need to innovate and keep experimenting to reach people, for example, through digital outreach, remote locations, and pop-up churches. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/moving-beyond-church-in-a-box?id=li20180308

7 Tips to Help Your Quarterly Giving Statements Make the Right Statement
Stewardship expert Ken Sloane outlines ideas for making sure that your church’s quarterly giving statements express gratitude and let people know the difference their giving makes, rather than coming across like an impersonal bill or dues statement. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/7-ways-your-quarterly-giving-statements-can-make-the-right-statement?id=li20180314

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Trevor Dancer, pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, asked his congregation this question in a sermon on stewardship.
* If people knew how much you give, would they be inspired to give more themselves?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Reach New Disciples with the “Taking Church to the Community” Video Tool Kit
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service. The Taking Church to the Community Tool Kit features engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials and is designed for both self study and for use with groups in your church. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download?id=20180314

Learn to Craft Better Financial Commitment Messages
Many churches have a one-size-fits-all approach to their stewardship appeal. Everyone in the congregation receives the same “Dear Friend” letter inviting them to prayerfully offer up their tithe to the church for the coming year. While this approach is simple and easy to execute, it’s generally not the most effective or meaningful way to communicate with people about their giving. Read “To the Point: Crafting Better Financial Commitment Messages.” Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-crafting-better-financial-commitment?id=li20180314

Quotable Leadership
“People rarely appreciate their ignorance, because they lock themselves inside an echo chamber of like-minded friends and self-confirming newsfeeds, where their beliefs are constantly reinforced and seldom challenged.” — Yuval Harari

Protect your congregation and your ministry with Keeping Our Sacred Trust — online training on the ethical boundaries in ministry. Courses include “Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics” and “Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age.” Keeping Our Sacred Trust is open to clergy of any denomination and non-denominational pastors. Courses are $49 and include .5 CEU. Learn more and enroll today: https://www.lewisonlinelearning.org/?id=li20180314

Will Your Church Meet Its Budget This Year?
To answer this vital question you need to track giving accurately according to your church’s unique pattern of giving — not simply the budget divided by 12 months. Our Congregational Giving Profile Video Tool Kit helps you track finances based on the way people in your church actually give, establishing a more meaningful system of monitoring and reporting progress on your budget. Learn more and watch an introductory video now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/taking-church-to-the-community-download?id=li20180314