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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 What’s at Stake when Schism is an Option?

United Methodists are facing major decisions about our legacy and future in the coming months and years. Myriad actions taken over many past years have set up a classic win/lose situation, particularly regarding human sexuality, quite common in today’s politics but strangely out of character with the generous spirit of our Wesleyan heritage. Many United Methodists expect schism because that’s…

0 The Annual Conference as the Basic Unit of the Church

The Constitution of the United Methodist Church identifies the annual conference as “the basic body in the Church.” The annual conference admits persons into ordained ministry, and it is from the annual conference that clergy go to their assignments. Clergy hold their membership in the annual conference and not in congregations. With the focus on local churches in recent times,…

0 Next Church Leadership Excellence D.Min. Cohort Begins May 2018

One of my great joys is teaching in Wesley’s Doctor of Ministry program in church leadership. It began with the establishment of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and continues to equip high capacity clergy to become the exemplary, fruitful leaders the church so needs today to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. If you know someone who…

0 Reaching More People, Younger People, More Diverse People

The United Methodist Church faces a looming adaptive challenge that can only be addressed by major learning, innovation, and prayerful discernment. United Methodists in the United States have a future only to the extent that we can reach “more people, younger people, and more diverse people.” This phrase, now commonplace among United Methodists, emerged out of clues from multiple conversations…

0 Watch “Reaching More People: Toward a Mixed Economy of Church”

Dr. Kenneth H. Carter, bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, addresses the challenge of reaching more people. He explains the need to reach the 80 percent of people who are not inclined to find their way to church on their own.  He advocates moving toward a “mixed economy of church” in which the work of strong,…

0 Watch “Reaching Younger People: Overinvesting in the Young”

Dr. Janice Riggle Huie, a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church now serving with the Texas Methodist Foundation, addresses the challenge of reaching younger people. She explains how the “pipeline” that used to transport young people through children’s, youth, and campus ministry, and then back into local congregations as spiritually mature adults is now “full of cracks and leaks.”…

0 Watch “Reaching More Diverse People: Embracing the Neighbors Around Us”

Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., lead pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, addresses the challenge of reaching more diverse people. He maintains that churches must learn to see their communities as their congregations and embrace the neighbors that surround them. Meeting the metrics of the Kingdom of God involves meeting people’s tangible needs.more. Watch now.

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…

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