Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Habits Your Church Must Unlearn to Increasing Giving
Their study of rapidly growing churches led Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee to understand the importance of elevating the practice of giving. But for most churches, before they can learn more effective behaviors around giving, they need to unlearn bad behaviors that stifle generosity. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-habits-your-church-must-unlearn-to-increasing-giving/?id=li20190508

Leading Ideas Talks Podcast: Episode 32
“Becoming a Rapidly Growing Church” featuring Matt Miofsky
Why do some congregations grow more quickly than others? In this episode we speak with Rev. Matt Miofsky, founding and lead pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis, about the book he wrote with Jason Byassee, “8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches.” Listen now. https://www.churchleadership.com/podcast/episode-32-becoming-a-rapidly-growing-church-featuring-matt-miofsky/?id=li20190508

4 Ways a Weekday Childcare Webpage Can Connect Families with Your Church
Church tech expert Will Rice says churches with weekday childcare programs will have people looking for daycare regularly visiting their websites. He outlines ways to maximize the opportunity for families seeking childcare to connect with the other things the church has to offer. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/4-ways-a-weekday-childcare-webpage-can-connect-families-with-your-church/?id=li20190508

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Erin Weber-Johnson suggests that contextual factors are critical to understanding why and how people give. She offers some questions to use with church members to learn more of the stewardship culture of your congregation. Some of the questions are:
* What are your earliest experiences of giving?
* Why have you given in the past?
* When have you felt most inspired to give?
* What would make it easier to give?
* How would you like to be asked?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn about Stewardship and Biblical Generosity
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, “Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity” may be used in a variety of Christian education settings or in conjunction with an annual stewardship emphasis. 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?id=li20190508

Watch “Leadership Lessons that Shaped My Ministry”
From his time as a seminary student to his position of seminary president, and from serving as a local church pastor to his work as the founding director of the Lewis Center, Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., has devoted his life to serving God and the church. He shares the leadership lessons that have shaped his many years of ministry. Watch now. https://www.churchleadership.com/videos/leadership-lessons-that-shaped-my-ministry/?id=li20190508

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Learn 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” (Matthew 19:14) Read 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Children and learn how your church can demonstrate its love for children and its desire to connect with younger families through effective ministry for and with children. Read now and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-strengthen-ministry-with-children/?id=li20190508

Quotable Leadership
“I stumble all the time, but I try to keep going.” — Dorothy Day

Pastors Moving to New Churches Need the Right Start
Are you a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting? With “The Right Start” Video Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to end your current ministry well, develop a personal transition plan, and make the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. “The Right Start” is available in both Pastor’s and Group Training Versions. Learn more and watch a video preview. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20190508

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