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Braden United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio, prayer vigil. Photo by Lori King, The Toledo Blade

Black churches balance safety, openness post-Charleston

Massacre at Emanuel AME Church has prompted security reviews at churches around the country. Read More

Rethink Church

File image from a 2010 event in Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of Rethink Church.

Get a grant for your church event!

United Methodist Communications now offers media and marketing grants to churches, districts and conferences planning outreach events in their communities. Read More

Faith in Action

The feeding program at S.T. Nagbe United Methodist Church serves almost 300 people on each distribution day. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Church delivers food, water in wake of Ebola

The United Methodist Church in Liberia is providing hot meals, food and building water wells. Read More

Good News

(Top) Early arrivals at the new building sit and wait for the dedication ceremony. (Bottom) The old school building contrasts sharply with the improved building.

United Methodist school gets new building

Operation Classroom replaces unsafe building with modern classrooms for a United Methodist primary school in Sierra Leone. Read More

Church Growth

A seedling sprouts in the earth. Photo by Theornamentalist, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

New Church Starts: Planting, training, coaching

New Church Starts is a team of leaders whose mission is to train and equip church planters who will start new congregations. Interested? Read More

Young Adults

Rev. Charley Watts, pastor and youth ministry leader at First UMC, Moore Haven, promised to dye his hair pink if kids brought 20 newcomers to the youth program. It worked. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church, Moore Haven.

Pink hair and other tips for healthy youth ministries

At a time when many churches struggle to attract “Generation Z,” these youth ministry leaders from Florida are doing whatever it takes to get young people to church. Read More

You Can Help

Tsungira Makoni, 16, wants to stay at Home of Hope orphanage until she finishes school.

Zimbabwe financial woes increase orphanage struggles

"I want to go to the university.” Home of Hope, an orphanage at The United Methodist Church’s oldest mission, struggles to become self-sufficient as it moves to family-style homes. Read More

For the Local Church

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?

This time of year many churches face big changes. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start. Read More

Moment in History

Choral music, as well as preaching, was part of The Protestant Hour. This recording session occurred in April 1955 at the Protestant Radio and Television Center in Atlanta. Photo courtesy the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History

‘The Protestant Hour’ brought mainline faith to radio

Successor ‘Day1’ continues to broadcast United Methodist preachers and others. Read More

For Reflection

Mike Richards, a street pastor, invites people to kneel to pray and bless Charleston, S.C. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, United Methodist News Service.

God is with us: A response to South Carolina church shooting

In the midst of tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church, we remember God's presence and our call to be agents of healing to a broken... Read More

Commentary

Hey, coach! Changing the culture of the church

What does changing a football team have to do with changing a church? For Rev. Karen Vannoy, "If we compromise basic principles in order to make people happy, our leadership is just confusing." Read More

Camps and Retreats

Will Penner leads a gospel song during worship at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS.

Church camps combine faith and fun

The United Methodist Church offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year. Read More

Black-eyed Susan flowers bloom near Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. File photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

See today’s food for thought from the Upper Room. More

Featured Resouce

Robert Griggs (center) prays with others outside Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. United Methodists joined AME members in prayers following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, UMNS

Topic: Responding to Violence

United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. Find resources for helping people cope with violent events, read news coverage and learn how individuals make a positive difference. Read More