The Lewis Center endeavors to help you become the church leader God is calling you to be. Whether you are clergy or lay, our many resources will guide you in strengthening and renewing your congregation. Our resources are backed by extensive research and provide real-world suggestions and ideas. And, several of our resources are free; we encourage you to share them with your fellow church leaders.
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Research and consulting
To assist bishops, cabinets, and other conference leaders in responding constructively to the challenges of the church today, we provide a range of research and consulting services, including Challenges and Opportunities Analysis, Clergy Supply Analysis, New Church Starts, and Customized Research and Consulting.
Funding Your Congregation’s Vision Resources
Fostering a Culture of Generosity DVD/CD Resource
Learn concepts and strategies to cultivate generous stewardship in your congregation through videos, narrated presentations, supplemental materials, and more. Available in April.
Building a Hopeful Financial Future DVD/CD Resource
Learn to fund your ministry better through videos, narrated presentations, supplemental materials, and more.
Funding Your Ministry in Changing Times DVD/CD Resource
Through videos and presentations, learn to develop secure and reliable funding to support your congregation’s ministries.
Congregational Giving Profile — CGP
Do you divide your annual budget by 52 weeks to track giving? Track better and more accurately with CGP.
Bring Funding Your Congregation’s Vision events to your region
Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr. engages your group with presentations and workshops to help congregations enhance resources for ministry. Contact us for pricing.
50 Ways Series: Funding Your Congregation’s Vision
These free downloadable resources provide tips to help congregations better fund their visions:
- 50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
- 50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign
Reach New Disciples Resources
Reaching Others through Worship DVD/CD Resource
Learn to improve worship attendance and reach new disciples through videos, narrated presentations, supplemental materials, and more.
Connect with Your Neighbors DVD/CD Resource
Learn to connect with your church’s neighbors through understanding, engagement, and service.
Congregational Attendance Profile — CAP
Track your congregation’s attendance better with CAP and see long-term trends to help you improve worship attendance.
50 Ways Series: Reach New Disciples
These free downloadable resources provide tips to help congregations build strength in reaching new disciples:
- 50 Ways to Build Strength Caring for Children
- 50 Ways to Build Strength Caring for Youth
- 50 Ways to Build Strength Welcoming New People
- 50 Ways to Welcome A New Pastor
- 50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance
- 50 Ways to Build Strength in Participation
- 50 Ways to Build Strengthen Adult Education
- 50 Ways to Communicate Effectively
Effective Leadership in Ministry Resources
Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory — LPLI
Based on research, LPLI is an online 360° leadership assessment instrument designed specifically for pastors to enhance fruitful, effective ministry.
Keeping Our Sacred Trust
This online training for preventing clergy sexual misconduct helps participants develop a strong and reliable “internal compass.”
Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence
Features the combined resources of Wesley Theological Seminary, the Lewis Center, and guest faculty.
A post-graduate, post-ordination leadership development opportunity for outstanding young clergy from across North America.
The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting DVD/CD Resource
Helps pastors prepare to leave ministry in one place and begin in a new setting. Available in individual and group training versions.
Taking Clergy Mentoring to the Next Level DVD/CD Resource
A video-based resource for training clergy who mentor other clergy — particularly those new to pastoral ministry.
Free documents to help inform the clergy review process, including theological foundations of evaluation, tips for giving and receiving feedback, and much more.