Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Boring Announcements? Try Fun Video Announcements
Texas pastor Laura Heikes shares how weekly worship announcements in her church went from being a boring ritual to a source of life and joy when different people from the community were asked to deliver the announcements via video. Read more at https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/boring-announcements-try-fun-video-announcements?id=li20180228

Billy Graham: Prophet of American Righteousness
Lovett H. Weems Jr. examines the legacy of Billy Graham — his miraculous rise to prominence, his ability to transcend denominational differences, and his engagement with the public leaders of his day in a spirit that fostered unity over polarization. Read more at https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/billy-graham-prophet-american-righteousness?id=li20180228

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
A pastor went to a church with a vital ministry and strong participation. However, after a short time, it became clear that the worshipping congregation did not reflect the broader community. As the new pastor met with small groups, he asked this question:
* When we gather for worship on Sundays, who is missing?
Want more Right Questions? Read “Right Questions for Church Leaders” at https://www.churchleadership.com/books/right-questions-for-church-leaders/

Learn to Connect with Your Church’s Neighbors
The “Connect with Your Neighbors” Video Tool Kit provides you with tools and strategies to welcome your neighbors and improve worship attendance. Topics include: The Theology of Welcome; Discovering the People God has Given Us; Ways to Understand Your Neighbors Better; Discovering Who Your Neighbors Are; Needs-based Community Outreach; and more. Learn more and watch introductory videos now at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/connect-with-your-neighbors-download?id=li20180228

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Churches can no longer open their doors and expect that people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. “50 Ways to Take Church to the Community” provides tips on reaching beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service. Read now and download free at https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-take-church-to-the-community/?id=li20180228

Quotable Leadership
“If you are a large, growing, innovative church in a diverse community, your participants, staff, and leadership will reflect that reality or risk being discounted by younger generations.” — Dave Travis

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=li20180228

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 at https://www.churchleadership.com/product/the-right-start-pastors-version-download?id=li20180228