Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

5 Things to Consider Before Engaging a Public Issue
When so many causes, crises, and critical needs demand our attention, how can a congregation decided where to engage? Pastor and author Ginger Gaines-Cirelli outlines key questions and concerns in discerning a faithful and sustainable response to public issues. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/5-things-to-consider-before-engaging-a-public-issue?id=li20181024

First Impressions Are Formed Earlier Than You Think
Kay Kotan and Blake Bradfield explain that a church visitor’s first impression is often formed long before they enter the sanctuary. So, hospitality needs to begin online, as people approach your location, and through casual encounters with your building. Read more now: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/first-impressions-are-formed-earlier-than-you-think?id=li20181024

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
On a calendar, many activities may seem the same. However, every church expends its time and energy disproportionately across those efforts. these questions may provide clues about your church’s priorities.
* What activities and ministries do we plan extensively?
* What activities and ministries do we plan very little?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Welcome and Engage Newcomers
Learn concepts and strategies to welcome and respond to your first-time and repeat visitors, reach younger generations, expand your church’s entry points, and get new people involved. The New Welcome Video Tool Kit helps you open your church to new people by acknowledging the changing ways that people enter into the life of congregations. Learn more and watch introductory videos now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-new-welcome-download?id=li20181024

50 Ways to Welcome New People
How can you congregation make a good first impression with first-time visitors? 50 Ways to Welcome New People provides strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church. Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-welcome-new-people?id=li20181024

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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=li20181024

Quotable Leadership
“It may be that what a church is as an institution will have more impact on its own members than what it says to them.” — Robert K. Greenleaf

Adult Education Study: “In God’s Time”
What is Revelation really about? This 10-session study offers a faithful and credible Christian alternative to sensationalist perspectives on the Bible’s teaching about the End Times. In God’s Time is ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product/in-gods-time?id=li20181024