In This Section:
Research and Consulting Services for Annual Conferences
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers a range of services and resources to assist bishops, cabinets, and other annual conference leaders respond constructively to the challenges of the church today. It offers customized data analysis that builds on the Center’s existing knowledge base pertaining to the critical subjects of congregational and denominational vitality and growth. All Lewis Center research is heavily weighted toward applied research to enhance service, vitality, and growth. Lewis Center director, Lovett H. Weems, Jr., can meet with your cabinet and others to discuss research findings and help you evaluate the actionable strategic insights necessary to guide the church toward the future.
Research and Consulting Services include:
- Challenges and Opportunities Analysis. Analyzing factors such as membership and worship attendance, professions of faith, death rates, expenditure patterns, and diversity, these customized data reports reveal the big picture in terms of a conference’s membership trends and patterns.
- Clergy Supply Analysis. This study analyzes patterns and trends impacting the availability of clergy for appointment to congregations, including data on the size and composition of the clergy pool, retention rates, and comparisons with other conferences.
- New Church Starts. In partnership with Dr. Don House and RRC, Inc., of Bryan, Texas, the Lewis Center can conduct a study of all new church starts over a twenty year period to identify key success variables, to compare patterns in new and existing churches during that period, and to compare findings with those of other conferences.
- Customized Research and Consulting. Responding to a conference’s particular needs and concerns, the Lewis Center can develop a custom-tailored research initiative to provide needed data, information, and insights.
For more information, contact Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., or
download an information sheet.