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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.

Leading Ideas to Reach Young AdultsNEW — “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.

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.

50 Quotations to Help Lead Change in Your ChurchFree PDF — “50 Quotations to Help Lead Change in Your Church
While there is a range of issues facing congregational life, inevitably they involve change of some sort. It is not enough to discern what is best for the church’s mission and future. There must also be careful attention to the process of change, or even the best ideas will not become a reality. Learn more.

50 Ways to Take Church to the CommunityDownload “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.

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.

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.

Theology of Stewardship and Biblical GenerosityFree Video: Learn “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.

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.

Taking Church to the Community Resource coverReach New Disciples with 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. Learn more and watch introductory videos.


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