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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.

Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns Resource“Optimizing Annual Financial Campaigns” Now Available
Learn ways to make your annual financial campaign more effective. Includes videos, written materials, and more. Available in downloadable and DVD/CD formats. Learn more.

The Right Start Resource coverMoving 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 has been enhanced with new material on the relational aspect of transition, such as how to handle social media and issues of concern to single clergy and associate pastors. Learn more.

Developing Your Operating BudgetLearn Best Practices to Improve Your Operating Budget Process
Developing Your Operating Budget helps you understand what an operating budget is, different ways that churches create their annual operating budgets, and five common budgeting models. Learn more.

The New Realities of Engaging NewcomersFree Video: “The New Realities of Engaging Newcomers”
This video provides an overview of how new people are coming into church communities in different ways than previously, what it means for your congregation, and what you can do to engage these newcomers today. Watch now.

Right Questions for Church Leaders“Right Questions for Church Leaders, Vol. 4”
“The Right Question” is one of the most popular features in each issue of Leading Ideas e-newsletter. In response to requests for a collection of questions used in this column over the years, Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr., has organized selected ones by topic and offers them in four volumes. Learn more.

50 Ways to Take Church to the CommunityDownload Free “50 Ways” Resources
This popular free series provides tips for building strength in areas of ministry that are vital to church growth, including Engaging Local Schools, Taking Church to the Community, Welcoming New People, and more. Learn more.

Leading Ideas to Reach Young AdultsRead “Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults”
How can your congregation reach young adults more effectively? Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults, a curated collection of Leading Ideas articles and discussion questions, is an ideal conversation starter for those who care deeply about reaching younger generations. Learn more.

To the PointFree “To the Point” Resources
Brief, practical information for church leaders. That’s To the Point. Download Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman, Why Women Are Clergy, How Do New People See Your Church?, Suggestions for Churches with a Single or Young Pastor, and others. Learn more.

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 3,200 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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