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Leadership coach Ken Willard shares tips on using time effectively at http://bit.ly/1IkUJMo.
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“Leading Ideas to Reach Young Adults” is an ideal conversation starter for congregations that care deeply about reaching younger generations. http://bit.ly/1SkPvzI
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Many congregational leaders have used “Changes Congregations Are Facing Today” as a conversation starter to evaluate their own trends and to plan for the future. From worship attendance patterns to diversity, finances to mission engagement and more, this ebook offers insightful articles, along with discussion questions and sources for further information for each topic covered.
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The free “Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race” resource will help faith communities explore fruitful ways of moving forward. 
Earlier this year, the Institute for Community Engagement at Wesley Downtown convened a panel to theologically and strategically examine race relations in the United States. Now there is a free resource for guiding congregations' conversations about race.
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Great idea! A Forth Worth, Texas, congregation is using a food truck to serve its neighbors and reach new disciples. http://bit.ly/1C51vDy
Fort Worth has an unusual new entrant in the food truck scene: Arlington Heights United Methodist Church.
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Summer is a great time for congregations to prepare for school-focused service initiatives in the coming year. The “Engaging Local Schools” Resource can help. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1Gzcy7y.
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Read “Nine Ways Generosity Leads to Healthier and More Purposeful Living” by Ann A. Michel at http://bit.ly/1RzcrzX.
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Considering changing your worship times? Two blogs speak about the implications of various worship service times. Thom Rainer addresses the topic in “Seven Trends in Worship Service Times” (http://bit.ly/1IVhqFE) and Tony Morgan in “Considering New Sunday Service Times?: 10 Growth Factors to Consider” (http://bit.ly/1JdPFE3). Their suggestions and advice will not always match your context, but their provocative ideas can stimulate your congregation’s thinking.
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Read “What is ‘Adjacent Possible’? Can It Benefit Your Church?” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.n at http://bit.ly/1HaUxta.
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Read “Leadership Lived: Clementa Pinckney and Open Doors” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. at http://bit.ly/1NwuJfs.
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Be a failure-tolerant leader. The willingness to risk change and try new things is essential to congregational vitality and growth. http://bit.ly/1GpWi5m
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Quotable Leadership: “A constituent confers authority on the leader, not the other way around.” — James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
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A vision of church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge, and exercised in effective practice
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The Lewis Center seeks to be a trusted resource for church leadership ideas, research, resources, and training so that there is an increase in congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth.

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