Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020
“Leading Ideas” from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

How to Ask People to Give (Even in a Pandemic)
Margaret Marcuson shares ideas for asking people to support the church even in these most uncertain times. She says leaders should set an example through their own giving, preach regularly about money and faith, tell the story of people’s gifts at work, and overcome their reluctance to ask. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/how-to-ask-people-to-give-even-in-a-pandemic/

12 Practices to Cultivate Humble Leadership
The best leaders understand the importance of humble servanthood. But what practical measures can a leader take to demonstrate genuine humility? David Horner offers twelve practical suggestions to cultivate a humble spirit. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/12-practices-to-cultivate-humble-leadership/

COVID-19 Resources
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The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
The Alban Weekly newsletter shared some good questions for church leaders to consider as they consider their congregational and community needs.
* What challenges does your congregation or community face that cannot be addressed with money alone?
* How might your programs or outreach change if they were done with people instead of for people?
* What risks is your congregation willing to take for the sake of your neighbors?
* With whom can you partner in meeting the needs of your neighbors?
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 Kityou 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 and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving/

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Methodist Identity – Part 1: Our Story
Now Available on Download!
What does it mean to be a Methodist? “Methodist Identity – Part 1: Our Story” describes the 18th-century Wesleyan revival in England and the growth of Methodism throughout the world. Hosted by esteemed church historian Rev. Dr. Justo González, this study includes eight video presentations by leading Methodist scholars on the growth of Methodism in the United States. Six additional videos describe the church’s growth in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “Our Story” is ideal for your congregation’s in-person and online small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes and benefits both lifelong Methodists and those coming to Methodism from other traditions. Learn more and watch a preview video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/methodist-identity-part-1-our-story/

Quotable Leadership
“It may be that the day of judgment will dawn tomorrow; in that case, we shall gladly stop working for a better future. But not before.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

New Doctor of Ministry begins May 2021
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness
What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. In a world that’s all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace. Learn more and apply now. https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/doctorofministry/public-engagement/

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