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Heath Lewis

Heath Lewis as an Instructor of Christian Education and Program Coordinator for the Director of Christian Education program at Concordia University St. Paul. Prior to his time at CSP, Heath spent nearly 10 years as the Director of Christian Education at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond, OK, where he led the congregation's education, outreach, communication, and youth ministries. Heath holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences and a Certification as a Director of Christian Education from Concordia University (Seward, NE), along with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA). His passion is the development of Christ-centered leaders and organizations. Heath and his wife, Jessica, were married in January 2009. You can connect with Heath by visiting heathlewis.net.

Recent Posts by Heath Lewis

Have You Considered Church Work?

From the time I was young, I was a bit of a planner. Most things in my life were carefully considered—and my professional path was no different. I knew what I would study after high school. I had already decided what university I would attend. I had already identified the job I wanted after graduation. And, if I am completely truthful, none of these things dealt with the Concordia University System, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, or the church at all. So . . . what happened?

Learning to Say No

“Can you find babysitters for the women’s event on Saturday?”

You Need a Mentor

Too often, congregational leaders spend a great deal of time serving on their own. Sure, we attend meetings, counsel others, and lead programs, but in the end, ministry can be a lonely place. We spend hours studying and planning on our own, fighting battles no one sees, and attempting to carry burdens too great to handle on our own. It is possible for church workers and lay leaders alike to feel isolated and alone. When we feel like our service is carried out in the proverbial fish bowl (the feeling that everyone is watching, no matter which way we turn), it can easily feel like there is no one to talk with who understands where we have been, where we are going, and what is happening in our lives.

Welcoming a New Staff Member to Your Ministry

This is an important time of year. It is a time filled with celebration, parties, and transition. It is a time when many people transition from one phase of life to another. It is a season in which many young people are excited, yet anxious; parents are both rejoicing and mourning; and teachers take a collective deep breath.

Letting Students Lead

If you are like most congregations, you have ministries aimed at serving your younger members. In many youth ministries, we tend to spend a great deal of time producing programs for our students. But what would happen if congregations began investing less time building ministries for students and instead developed methods to serve with students? What would it look like to equip students for leadership roles in the church and empower them to serve?

Connecting In Your Community

Working in a church can be time-consuming.

Shrinking the Impact of Shrinking Attention Spans

We live in a culture of on-demand television. Twenty-four-hour news cycles. 140 character posts on Twitter. Snapchat and Instagram messages that are here for ten seconds, then (seemingly) gone forever. Six-second videos on Vine (which is now defunct anyway). The list could go on and on and on. There is more information available to us at a moment’s notice than at any time in history. And while there are many effects of this cultural shift, one of the most noticeable and impactful changes it has brought about is that people have shorter attention spans than ever before.

2017 Is a Ministry Marathon, So Don’t Treat It like a Sprint

If you had known me in 2014, you would know that the idea of me running a marathon seemed farfetched. Laughable, even. I was overworked, exhausted, and out of shape, and I had never run a single mile in my life—let alone 26.2. Yet, through the encouragement of my wife (thanks, Jess!), a dear friend (thanks, Emma!), and countless other supporters, I began training in an effort to turn around my physical condition and complete what seemed to be an impossible task.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas . . . Embracing Your Congregation’s Infrequent Attendees

Advent is upon us; Christmas will soon be here. In many congregations, this season means worship services and sanctuaries that are fuller than a typical Sunday. While many of the faces filling your pews or chairs will be familiar, some will be unfamiliar—and some will even be faces you have not seen in quite some time.

Saying Thank You

We are entering a busy time in the Church Year.