Lewis Center to Help Congregations Reach New Disciples

September 08, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC—To help congregations reach new disciples, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary will host the Connect with Your Neighbors Conference and release a companion DVD/CD Resource.

The Connect with Your Neighbors Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Building on the Center's continuing work in attracting new disciples, the half-day conference for laity and clergy will feature insightful presentations from Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, and Dr. Amy Oden, Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. Weems says, "To reach new disciples, it used to be enough for our churches simply to reach out to our neighbors. But today we need to do more. Today we need to connect with our neighbors through understanding, engagement, and service."
The conference also features practical workshops from knowledgeable Lewis Center staff: Discovering Who Your Neighbors Are, Ways to Understand Your Neighbors Better, Using Social Media to Reach New People, Your Website Is Your Church's Welcome Mat, and Needs-based Community Outreach.
Early-bird conference registration discounts are available through Oct. 10, 2011.
DVD/CD Resource
The Connect with Your Neighbors DVD/CD Resource includes videos of the conference presentations, plus workshop PowerPoint presentations, introductory videos, outlines, key points, and other resources to help congregations reach new disciples. The resource will be available in early December 2011, and the Lewis Center is offering a preorder discount through Nov. 5, 2011.
The Connect with Your Neighbors Conference and DVD/CD Resource are part of the Lewis Center's Reach New Disciples program.
Additional conference, registration, and resource information is at available at http://www.churchleadership.com/newdisciples.
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. It 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 other resources, the center supports visionary spiritual leaders and addresses key leadership issues crucial to the church's faithful witness.