Lewis Center to Host Conference, Offer Resource to Help Congregations Better Fund Ministries

January 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC | To help congregations develop secure and reliable funding to support ministry, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is hosting its annual funding conference and releasing an accompanying DVD/CD Resource Guide.

The half-day Funding Your Ministry in Changing Times conference will take place Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Building on the Lewis Center's continuing work in funding ministry, this conference will explore congregational funding issues through plenary presentations by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and David McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley Theological Seminary. It will include workshops on a variety of subjects led by the presenters and Lewis Center staff, also.
Workshop topics are: Developing an Operating Budget; The Three Pillars of Giving; Developing a Dashboard of Key Financial Indicators; Building and Funding a Capital Budget; Fostering Generosity in Children; Youth and Stewardship; and Investing Church Funds Wisely.
Clergy and laity may find more information and register at http://www.churchleadership.com.
DVD/CD Resource Guide
The Funding Your Ministry in Changing Times DVD/CD Resource Guide will be released in April. The resource will include video recordings of plenary presentations from the conference as well as workshop PowerPoint presentations, templates, handouts, and other resources which are useful in congregational settings.
Both conference attendees and non-attendees may preorder the Resource Guide by March 26 at a reduced price, at http://www.churchleadership.com.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership 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.