Lewis Center offers free resource to help churches improve congregational giving

WASHINGTON, DC – To encourage the spiritual gift of giving, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers the free resourceWhy Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It. Hosted by Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr., this eight-minute video provides an overview of the importance of giving and offers practical ways to improve it. The video is available online atwww.churchleadership.com/funding; it may also be downloaded.

In addition to the video, the Lewis Center offers many additional giving and funding resources. Of note is CGP, theCongregational Giving Profile, a DVD/CD resource which more accurately determines whether giving is on track to meet church budget. Also available are the free handouts 50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving and 50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign. These and more resources are available at www.churchleadership.com/funding.

This congregational giving information is offered as part of the Lewis Center’s Funding Your Congregation’s Vision program. The goal of this program is to provide tools and resources to help congregations develop secure and reliable funding to support ministry.

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The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary seeks to advance the understanding of Christian leadership and promote the effective and faithful practice of Christian leadership in the church and the world. The center is building a new vision for church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge and exercised in effective practice. The center seeks a holistic understanding of leadership that brings together theology and management, scholarship and practice, research and application. The Lewis Center serves as a resource for clergy and lay leaders, congregations and denominational leaders. Through teaching, research, publications and resources, the center supports visionary spiritual leaders and addresses key leadership issues crucial to the church’s faithful witness.

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