Browsing: Focus

Focus — For Denominational Leaders
While Focus is designed for those within the United Methodist Church with responsibilities beyond a single pastoral charge, leaders of other traditions may find the resources useful. If you’d like to receive an update of the latest relevant information for judicatory leaders from Lewis Center Senior Consultant Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., subscribe free to Focus e-newsletter.

0 Free Staff-Parish Resources Available

Some of you work with Staff-Parish Relations Committees regularly. Keep in mind some one-page resources that you may want to use or share with them on these topics: Effective and Ineffective Staff-Parish Relations Committees Theological Foundations for Evaluation Types of Evaluation Giving and Receiving Feedback

0 Risking Experiments for God’s Reign

What are the challenges we currently face for which we presently have no answer but must address if we’re to live into God’s future for us? — Alan J. Roxburgh Most of us with denominational responsibilities spend much of our time trying to help congregations rethink their ways of operating in these changed times. The need is great. However, all of us…

0 2017 Clergy Age Report

Download the 2017 Clergy Age Trends Report.   For over ten years, the Lewis Center in partnership with Wespath Benefits has reported annually on the changing age trends among United Methodist clergy in the United States. This research examines elders, deacons, and local pastors. We see several trends in 2017. Number of Young Elders Shows Downturn in 2017 Since the low…

0 Welcome to “Focus”

In my new role as senior consultant for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, I have been asked to build on our past efforts to equip conference and judicatory leaders. One new resource is Focus, a periodic e-newsletter specifically designed for leaders who have responsibility for more than one congregation or pastoral charge. The Lewis Center’s very popular weekly newsletter, Leading Ideas,…

0 New Online Course: “Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age”

Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age, a new online course in the Keeping Our Sacred Trust series, explores issues of clergy ethics in an era of instantaneous electronic communication. The course helps spiritual leaders stay healthy and attentive to appropriate boundaries amid new ministry challenges including social media, texting, online pornography, and more. The original Keeping Our Sacred Trust online course, Understanding Clergy Sexual Ethics,…