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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.

Taking Church to the Community Conference ResourcePreorder the “Taking Church to the Community” Resource
Explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service — meeting community members where they are and moving them toward discipleship. Available in DVD/CD and downloadable formats. Learn more.

Theology of Stewardship and Biblical GenerosityFree Video: “Why Community Engagement Matters”
The most vital congregations always do two things: connect people with God and connect with their communities. Learn about the latter in this five-minute video from Lovett H. Weems, Jr., as he provides an overview of the importance of community engagement to your church. Watch now.

Theology of Stewardship and Biblical GenerosityNew! Spiritual Formation Resources to Cultivate Generosity
Designed to nurture the spiritual discipline of giving, our new Theology of Stewardship and Biblical Generosity resources may be used in a variety of Christian education settings or in conjunction with an annual stewardship emphasis. The resources are ecumenical and may be used for self study or with groups. Learn more and watch informational video.

Girls on school busDiscover Resources to Engage Your Local Schools
Our local schools provide many opportunities for mission within our own neighborhoods, and increasing numbers of churches support their local schools through ministries large and small. If your congregation is considering a school-focused initiative, these resources can help you take the first steps. Learn more.

Right Questions for Church Leaders“Right Questions for Church Leaders, Volume 3” Now Available
“The Right Question” is one of the most popular features in each issue of our e-newsletter, Leading Ideas. 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 three volumes. Learn more.

Changes Congregations Are Facing TodayRead “Changes Congregations Are Facing Today”
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.

50 Ways to Welcome your New Pastor or Associate Pastor Learn “50 Ways to Engage Local Schools
It’s back-to-school time, and if your church has a school-focused service initiative — or even if you’re thinking about one — you’ll want to check out this great free resource from our “50 Ways to Build Strength” series. 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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