Top Lewis Center Resources of 2021


Lewis Center resources guide you in strengthening your personal leadership and renewing your congregation. Below are our most popular free and purchased resources of the year, plus a free PDF e-book.

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with YouthHow can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families.

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>> Save 25% on All Video-based Studies through Dec. 31, 2021
Adult Studies for Your Small Groups and Classes

Journey Through the PsalmsIn God's Time Video-based Adult Christian StudySimply ChristianReligion and Science: Pathways to TruthNature - Our First Way of Knowing God Video-based Adult Christian Study CurriculumLeading Like Nehemiah: Rebuilding TogetherBe the Welcoming Church cover image of a smiling person warming embracing another
Bring the best of contemporary Christian scholarship to your congregation’s in-person and online small groups and classes with studies from the Lewis Center. Our video-based curriculum encourages energetic discussion and personal reflection on a number of subjects.

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50 Ways to Take Church to the Community

50 Ways to Take Church to the CommunityEven as our church buildings reopen, we find that we can no longer simply open the doors and expect that new people will come in. Effective congregations go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel. These 50 tips can help you reach beyond the walls of your church with worship, community events, ministries, and service.

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>> $45 $33 through Dec. 31, 2021
Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God

Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God Video-based Adult Christian Study CurriculumThis seven-session video-based adult Christian study awakens our visceral knowing of the Creator through the creation, reconnects us with the sacred landscapes we call home, encourages us to provide space and time for spiritual reflection in nature, and helps us live in greater harmony with God’s earth.

Learn more, watch a video preview, and see sample Study Guide pages now.

50 Ways to Welcome New People

50 Ways to Welcome New PeopleLearn how your congregation can make a good first impression with first-time visitors with these 50 strategies and tips to ensure your visitors feel truly welcome and at home in worship, plus guidance on visitor follow-ups and ways to be more inviting in your church.

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The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting

The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting video tool kitIf you’re a pastor preparing to begin ministry in a new setting, The Right Start Video Tool Kit leads you in ending your current ministry well, developing a personal transition plan, and making the most of your first days, weeks, and months in your new congregation. Includes the free COVID-19 Supplement. Available in Pastor’s and Group Training Versions.

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50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor

50 Ways to Welcome a New PastorIf a new pastor is in your congregation’s future, these 50 strategies and tips on how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and offers helpful advice on how to welcome your new pastor.

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Discovering God’s Future for Your Church

Moving, Pastor?This turnkey video tool kit will help your congregation discern and implement God’s vision for its future. The comprehensive resource guides your church in discovering clues to your vision in your history and culture, your current congregational strengths and weaknesses, and the needs of your surrounding community. Includes engaging videos, leader’s guides, discussion exercises, planning tools, handouts, diagrams, and worksheets.

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50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement

50 Ways to Increase Active EngagementStrong and growing congregations typically have a very high percentage of people who are actively involved in learning, serving, and leading. Learn 50 strategies and tips to help you motivate and connect with volunteers and lift up the ministry of volunteering in your congregation.

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Apply Now for the Premier Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Wesley
New cohort begins in May 2022

Why Wesley? Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames shares why she chose Wesley for her Leadership D.Min.Why Wesley? Rev. Jeffrey L. Hooker shares why he chose Wesley for his Leadership D.Min.Why Wesley? Alumni share why they chose Wesley for their Leadership D.Min.
Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lewis Center together offer the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence. With this track, clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth.

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50 Quotations for Fruitful Leaders

50 Quotations for Fruitful LeadersEach issue of Leading Ideas features a brief leadership quotation to stimulate the thinking of readers as well as to give them ideas to share with others. In response to requests for a collection of these quotations, we offer you a compilation of 50 quotes to help you be a more fruitful leader.

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Howard Thurman D.Min.The Doctor of Ministry
Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness

In a world that is all about drawing attention to one’s self, a prophetic witness moves us toward a new reality grounded in God’s grace.

What does it mean for a leader to stand in the gap between the way things are and what they could be? Howard Thurman’s prophetic witness exemplified this form of leadership. Thurman did not demonize those responsible for systemic ills. Instead, he emphasized a positive vision of the way things could be. This track of doctoral study from Wesley Theological Seminary focuses on the power of a prophetic witness like Thurman’s to draw people toward a positive new future. Learn more and apply now for May 2024.