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Building Congregational Strength

Need practical, actionable strategies to reach people more effectively? The popular 50 Ways series provides tips for improving areas of ministry critical to congregational vitality and church growth. Learn more.

Changes Congregations Are Facing Today“Changes Congregations Are Facing Today” Now Available
This new ebook helps congregations better recognize and prepare for the recent and ongoing changes in our churches and communities. It’s an ideal conversation starter, especially for congregations evaluating their own ministries or engaging in planning for the future. Learn more.

“What’s Good about That?”
Church Consultant Dan Hotchkiss affirms the imporDan Hotchkisstance of congregations building on their strengths but says appreciative inquiry can be self-congratulatory unless there is a critical emphasis on understanding how strengths contribute to the church’s purpose. Learn more.

Dan Hotchkiss“The First Two Minutes of Worship”
Noting that the first two minutes are critically important, Brian Bauknight asks why our worship services can’t start with a joyful, enthusiastic, and genuinely appreciative opening — the way ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon does. Learn more.

50 Ways to Welcome your New Pastor or Associate Pastor Read 50 Ways to Welcome your New Pastor or Associate Pastor
Getting a new pastor or associate pastor? Learn how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and best practices for welcoming a new one. Read now.

Apply today for a Doctor of MinistryApply for Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership in the Nations’ Capital
The combined resources of Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center offer a Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. The next cohort begins in May 2015. Apply today.

Keeping Our Sacred Trust logoHelp Prevent Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Keeping Our Sacred Trust is an online course from the Lewis Center that has been used by nearly 1,900 clergy across multiple denominations. The course addresses the dynamics, motivations, and vulnerabilities that can lead to misconduct and the positive steps that can help prevent misconduct or the appearance of misconduct. Learn more.


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