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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.

The Right StartMoving Pastors Neeed “The Right Start”
The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting helps pastors make the most of their first days, weeks, and months in their new congregations. This video resource is refreshed for 2014 with new material on social media, single clergy, and associate pastors. Learn more.

Why Giving MattersLearn to Improve Your Congregational Giving
To encourage the spiritual gift of giving, this eight-minute video by Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr., provides an overview of the importance of congregationalgiving and ways you can improve it. Watch now.

50 Ways to Engage Local Schools Read 50 Ways to Engage Your Local Schools
If your church has a school-focused service initiative — or even if you’re just thinking about one — you’ll want to check out the latest free resource in our “50 Ways to Build Strength” series. Read now.

Watch “A Decade of Serving Church Leaders”Celebrate the Lewis Center’s 10th Anniversary
Thanks to your continued support, we’re celebrating a decade of serving church leaders. We invite you to watch video highlights and read our 10th anniversary series, “Changes Congregations Are Facing Today.” Learn more.

Read “Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit”Read “Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit”
Authors Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin share research-based insights, tactical ideas, and practices that lead to increased attendance. William H. Willimon says Overflow “exudes encouragement and hope and is packed with practical advice.” Learn more.


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