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 A Report from the Director DECEMBER 9, 2009 

Update Dec. 9, 2009Thanks and Invitation

At this time each year, those of us who serve on the Lewis Center staff give thanks for all of you who follow our work, encourage our efforts, utilize our resources, and contribute to our mission. It is our hope and prayer that the resources and information we provide are constructive for your ministry, and we continue to be grateful for your thoughtful questions and responses.

Six years into the Lewis Center’s ministry, the wisdom of the original vision of a seminary-based resource to strengthen congregational and denominational leaders has been confirmed. The scope of our work has increased dramatically, as demonstrated by the fact that our budget has more than doubled since 2004 to $546,836 in 2009. But more importantly, it is demonstrated in our record of accomplishments and contributions to the vitality of the church. In just the past year, for example, we have:

  • Launched the Lewis Pastoral Leadership InventoryTM(LPLI), which provides feedback to clergy for strengthening their work
  • Started peer-learning pilot projects to help churches reach more people through worship
  • Offered new resources to enhance the effectiveness of clergy mentoring
  • Stressed the need to attract younger people to church and provided resources through original research
  • Equipped hundreds of congregations with stewardship tools
  • Resourced over 7,500 church leaders with Leading Ideas and Lewis Center Update

2009 Sources of Income To sustain this impact over the years, our ministry requires financial resources from a variety of sources. As a self-sustaining ministry, we depend upon gifts from individual donors to make our work possible.

We invite your partnership in our efforts though an annual gift to the Lewis Center. You can give online through Wesley Seminary’s website and designate your gift for the Lewis Center. Or you can mail your check to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016.

Thank you!

Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

2010 Funding Conference Scheduled for March 20

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership will offer its annual Funding Your Congregation’s Vision conference on Saturday, March 20, 2010. It will be held at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. Building on the Lewis Center’s past work in funding ministry, this year’s event will explore a number of new subject areas. Further details and registration information for the half-day workshop (9 a.m.–12:45 p.m.) will be available in January.

2009 Leading Ideas Survey

Your input is valuable for improving the Lewis Center’s biweekly e-newsletter, Leading Ideas, and planning future issues. Please take a few moments to provide your feedback by completing a five-minute online questionnaire. To complete the survey, go to http://www.surveymk.com/s/VXCGJJW.

Top Ten Most Viewed Leading Ideas Articles in 2009

If you would like to see which 2009 articles from Leading Ideas drew the most interest from readers, go to this link. Remember that many past articles are available for viewing at any time on the Lewis Center’s website.

Your Holiday Shopping Can Benefit the Lewis Center

As you purchase gifts online this year, keep in mind that you can support the work of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership when you shop at Amazon.com or Cokesbury.com. Go first to the Center’s website, www.churchleadership.com, and then the link for your preferred site at the bottom right. Each time you link to the purchase sites from the Lewis Center website prior to making purchases, the Lewis Center receives a portion of the proceeds.

Update is a monthly report to subscribers of Leading Ideas
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