Changes Congregations Face


Leadership Study

Changes Congregations Face helps church leaders understand some of the major trends impacting congregational life today. The material is assembled so that it can be used as a group study by leadership teams or adult classes. Changes Congregations Face may also be read as a stand-alone resource for individual learning or self-study. Each of the 11 units presents information on what has changed in congregations and commentary on how congregations can respond to these changes. Units also include discussion questions and action planning so that groups can consider how the changes relate to their congregational context and what might be done in light of these changes.

Format: Downloadable PDF Study (303 KB), 39 pages

Product Description


Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is distinguished professor of church leadership emeritus at Wesley Theological Seminary, and senior consultant and founding director of the Lewis Center.


Unit 1: Worship Attendance Patterns
Unit 2: Newcomers
Unit 3: Families
Unit 4: Faith Formation and Discipleship
Unit 5: Changing Demographics
Unit 6: Diversity
Unit 7: Mission
Unit 8: Moving Beyond Attractionalism
Unit 9: Finances
Unit 10: Lay Staffing
Unit 11: Pastoral Leadership

Most units include these sections:
•  What has changed?
•  What can congregations do?
•  Want to learn more?
•  Questions for discussion
•  Implications and action steps

Sample unit:

Changes Congregations Face Leadership Study

Usage Rights

Changes Congregations Face is designed for use within a single congregation or charge. To purchase rights for further distribution, please contact the Lewis Center at (202) 664-5700 or Bulk rates are available.