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Vacation Bible School

Students listen during a VBS session led by members of St. Paul UMC in Abilene, Texas. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

School reaches new kids a new way

A Texas church changed how they did VBS and found new life for the program. “It is reaching new people in ways we never dreamed.” View

Making a Difference

Unity, history, and more can be brought to life in a day trip. Photo by Austin Bond, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Ministry on wheels: Youth field trips

Because “long-term spiritual growth is often jump-started away from our church building,” leaders take students on short trips for new experiences. Read More

Women in Leadership

United Methodist clergywomen from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area gather for a leadership development workshop in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

United Methodist clergywomen urged to overcome odds

Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa tells workshop participants it is time for church and society to recognize clergywomen’s leadership role. Read More

Immigration

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

Ask the UMC

Image of a circuit rider, courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church, Drew University.

Why do United Methodist pastors change churches?

The United Methodist Church’s unique system of deploying clergy has its roots in the earliest days of Methodism. Read More

Transitions

Planning a wonderful welcome celebration is but one part of a successful pastoral transition. Photo by Kimberly Kappel, courtesy Flickr. Edited by UMC.org.

We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?

When leadership changes, so do churches. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start. Read More

Great reads for United Methodists

United Methodist Publishing House recommends some great books to read this summer. Photo via Pixabay.com, CC0, public domain.

10 books to feed your faith

When we have more time to relax and read, these enjoyable titles—fiction, inspiration, Bible study, devotion and more—also feed your spirit. Read More

John Wesley's June birthday

John Wesley often ministered to the sick  during a life blessed by good health. Photo courtesy of  the General Commission on Archives and History.

Marking John Wesley’s birthday in his words

The founder of Methodism wrote annual reflections that give us a glimpse into how he viewed his life, health and ministry. Read More

Daily Devotional

Image of sunflowers, photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Church

Today’s prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer each day with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More