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“We don’t accept an organizational redesign because a leader tells us it is necessary. We choose to accept it if, and only if, we see how this new design enables us to contribute more to what we’ve defined as meaningful.” — Margaret J. Wheatley http://bit.ly/1FRycAS
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Three groups dominate the states: white evangelical Protestants, Catholics, and the unaffiliated.
A new survey of more than 50,000 people reveals religious differences by state.
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We have a lot to learn from the “spiritual-but-not-religious” crowd. Chances are, though, it’s not what you think. Check out this article by Rebekah Simon-Peter in Ministry Matters​ at http://bit.ly/1vDjrBC.
We have a lot to learn from the “spiritual-but-not-religious” crowd. Chances are, though, it’s not what you think. I’ve taught a number of classes in…
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ZZZZZZZ. Eight reasons people aren’t listening to worship announcements… and ways they can be more effective. http://bit.ly/1ajTqxY
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“A congregation can only have two or three big things on its agenda at a time.” — Dan Hotchkiss http://bit.ly/1wkfySK
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A church partnership with an elementary school has blossomed to include monthly community dinners and additional community engagement — feeding body and soul. Read this is inspiring story at http://bit.ly/1EdwrzN.
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“A lot of churches have created ‘third spaces’ by starting up a coffee shop. That's a great idea, but coffee shops tend to be a part of affluent White culture. So what would be a good third space for a poor neighborhood like the one surrounding our church? A place that would serve the neighborhood but could also be a place where people would spend time talking and forming relationships?” http://bit.ly/1J8GU3C
Experimental Theology. You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of ...
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Where does your state rank?
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The church needs to start telling a positive story about its future before negative messages about its demise become self-fulfilling prophecies. http://bit.ly/1AgO23n
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Register now for next week’s #DoingGoodWell Conference at http://bit.ly/182QdB9 to learn practical strategies to make sure your church’s mission hits the mark.
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Congratulations to Wesley Theological Seminary, home of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, for being named to the 2015 list of “Seminaries that Change the World” by the Center for Faith and Service! http://goo.gl/xtzIsx
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Should a pastor know what church members give? Dr. Ann Michel says yes — there are valid pastoral, spiritual, and developmental reasons why pastors should know. Does your congregation learn toward secrecy or transparency around giving? http://bit.ly/17q3TWu
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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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