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

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

A New Start in Lent
Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe says that congregations, as well as individuals, can make a new start during Lent by giving up some things, like fear or lethargy, or taking up other things, like risk and new rhythms. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/new-start-lent?id=li20180214

9 Ways Leaders Can Promote Faithful Stewardship
Leadership is a critical factor in nurturing a culture of generous giving, says Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff. She names the nine key leadership practices that help to promote a climate of faithful stewardship within a congregation. Read more: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/9-ways-leaders-can-promote-faithful-stewardship?id=li20180214

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Attempting a new ministry or a ministry for which you have no track record requires a different set of questions than those you might ask when attempting to improve an existing ministry. Some of the questions for a new ministry effort include:
* Does this ministry fit our mission and values?
* Is it feasible in light of our strengths and capabilities?
* Does it meet an important need?
* Are we clear about those we seek to reach and serve?
* What do we need to learn and with whom should we be talking?
* Is there a way to test our initial ideas and plans?
* On what assumptions are we basing our plans?
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=li20180214

Should Pastors Know What Members Give?
“Every time I teach on stewardship, this question invariably comes up: ‘Should pastors have access to contribution records?'” In some congregations, pastors are prohibited from knowing what people contribute. In others, pastors choose to shield themselves from this information. A good pastor, however, pays attention to all the signs of spiritual development. Read “To the Point: Should Pastors Know What Members Give?” Read now and download free: https://www.churchleadership.com/to-the-point/to-the-point-should-pastors-know-what-members-give?id=li201802014

Quotable Leadership
“Rather than going to God with a list, go to God and ask what is it you have that you need to let go of, and what is it that God has that you need to receive.” — Marty Cauley

Adult Education Studies for Your Small Groups
The Lewis Center is the home of the Wesley Ministry Network — video-based ecumenical studies that encourage energetic discussion and personal reflection. Ideal for your congregation’s small groups, adult Bible studies, and Sunday School classes, courses include lessons on DVD, Leader’s Guides, Participant’s Guides, and more. Learn more and order now: https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork?id=li20180214

Register Now for “Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money”
Conference and Livestream, Sat., March 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern Time, Washington, DC
Managing church finances requires skill, dedication, and know-how, but also the heart of a steward. “Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money” provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, and bookkeepers — all those charged with the sacred trust of protecting, sustaining, and growing the resources God has entrusted to your church. Learn more and register now: https://www.churchleadership.com/events/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money-conference-and-livestream?id=li20180214