September 21, 2022
Olu Brown says that a new paradigm of leadership is required given the challenges of the present age. Church leaders need to shift the conversation from problems to promise, shift their outlook from church to community, and shift the momentum by believing that miracles can occur.

How can you lead effectively given the inherent messiness of congregational life? Leadership expert Mike Bonem speaks about the art of leading change, responding to those who resist change, and how leading well depends on having the courage to allow yourself to be changed. Listen now, read transcript, or watch on YouTube.

Michael White and Tom Corcoran say excellence in ministry is essential to capturing the time and attention of your congregation and community. More importantly, it honors God, inspires people, builds trust, and rebuilds the church.

The Right Question
Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.
We all have commitments, values, and responsibilities that we like to think we are upholding. Robin Diangelo suggests a question we may want to ask occasionally about these things we consider important:

How do I know how I am doing?

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, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income.

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Learn how to encourage the spiritual gift of giving. This eight-minute video by Lewis Center Senior Consultant Lovett H. Weems Jr. provides an overview of the importance of congregational giving and ways you can improve it.

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“Quotable” Leadership
The leader must be prepared to admit that he or she does not have all the answers. Charles Handy
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