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Reflections on Our Faith

In these short videos, we offer conversation starters about some of the basic questions you might have on topics that range from theology to everyday life. Read More

Church leaders attend the Safe Church Summit at Cathedral of the Rockies. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Keeping Churches Safe and Welcoming

What is your church's policy on guns in church? How do you keep children safe? A safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

Interior of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church as seen in January of 2014. Photo by Subodh Atal, shared via Facebook.

Lovely Lane:  A Methodist Birthplace

Dedicated on Nov. 6, 1887, this church became one of our most important buildings. “Your feet are truly on holy ground. Your eyes look upward and you see amazing things.” View

Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals

"I was taught at this church that everybody is family." Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors. View

Brigette Dietz (left) visits with her friend Sahize, a recent immigrant from Syria, at a weekly gathering for coffee, cake and conversation at the United Methodist Church in Lorsbach, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

German Churches Welcome Migrants

Nearly 500 United Methodist congregations in Germany have reached out to displaced peoples. View

Rev. Uwe Onnen talks to a resident in the church's care home in Hamburg, Germany. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

German Church Connects Retirement Center

A new assisted living community in Hamburg, Germany has all the amenities including a United Methodist church on-site. View

A child tries on a Spiderman outfit at the Nashville Costumes for Kiddos Project shop. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Recycles Halloween Costumes

A United Methodist church member created the Costumes for Kiddos shop for those in homeless shelters and after-school programs. View

Retired Army chaplain, the Rev. Bill Libby teaches a Sunday school class for fellow veterans at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Sunday School Class Supports Veterans

Church celebrates the unique gifts of those who've served. “You want to touch hearts and minds for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find some veterans.” View

Stephanie Young attends Craft Memorial United Methodist Church in Columbia, Tenn.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Recovery Church Offers Fresh Start For Addicts

“Nothing could fill that hole. Nothing but God.” Those recovering from addictions find new hope thanks to a United Methodist ministry. View

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

Church’s Vacation Bible 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

A U.S. soldier enjoys a cookie sent by members of Alpharetta (GA) UMC. Image courtesy of Alpharetta UMC.

Church Collects Tons of Cookies for Troops

When a U.S. soldier told a pastor he missed Oreos while deployed, the church jumped in. Now they send cookies with prayer notes to those who serve. View

River church welcomes paddlers on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Blessings Flow at River Church

Olympic paddler-turned-pastor brings worship service to the waterside. View

First United Methodist Church in Montgomery offers respite care for those facing memory loss. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Values Gifts in Those with Dementia

Those facing memory loss can face isolation too. Respite program offers space to still contribute to the community. ‘There are many things we can do.’ View

A man eats a chili dog at Carraway United Methodist also known as the

United Methodist Hot Dog Church

Church cooks use food for fundraisers and to welcome newcomers. 'If we can show them the love we have, maybe they’ll go to church.’ View

The sign at Pennington United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., proclaims a message of hope. File photo by Raymond Landry.

The United Methodist Church: More than a name

Learn how our church's name was chosen. “If you leave the name ‘United’ off you’re leaving off both a significant piece and powerful part of who we are.” Read More

Members of Grace United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. gather for fried fish and fellowship. Photo courtesy of United Methodist TV.

United Methodist Fish Fry Nets Disciples

“God works in mysterious ways. He’s worked through fish before, hasn’t he?” Discover how one church is serving seafood and netting results. View

The Rev. Felicia Hopkins is lead pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Broadcast Inspires Baptisms

Pastor in Texas makes an altar call and gets a surprising result. ‘Something said to me, announce on live TV that you have baptism.’ View

Jim Maag points out an item on a church history wall he helped create at First United Methodist Church of Topeka. Maag is on the archive team. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Pro Tips for Preserving Local Church History

Archivists share best practices and cost-saving measures to help local churches preserve the past and share their stories. View

Students from Boise High School come for free coffee in the lobby of nearby Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church.

United Methodist “Coffee Church” Offers Warm Welcome

Caffeine and kindness are helping this congregation grow. Hear how seriously the members take hospitality. View

Pastor Rudy Rasmus preaches at his Houston United Methodist church. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Rudy Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips

Pastor Rudy's challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: View

Participant takes aim Bows with your Beau event at Northampton United Methodist Church in Ohio. Video image by Clay Kisker, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Cupid’s Arrows Fly at Church Valentine’s Event

Unique date nights with archery lessons get couples out of their routines and into some friendly competition. View

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Editor’s Choice: Top United Methodist Videos of 2016

Our cameras captured a variety of ways the people of The United Methodist Church are making disciples of Jesus Christ. View

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church drum ministry shares musical gifts

“The reason I come to this church is to pray, celebrate God, and play the drums.” Visit a congregation that is growing to the beat of a steel drum band. View

The Rev. Kirbjon Caldwell preaches on a Sunday morning at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Mentoring and Ministry: Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell

In three decades of leading one of the largest congregations in the U. S., the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell has developed his own style of preaching, and his own strong opinions about staying vital. View

Members of the Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist help Syrian refugees, the Al Aboud family, get settled in their new home. Photo by Kisker Productions.

Refugees Find Freedom, Welcome at Boise Church

“Helping refugees isn’t a political issue, it’s a discipleship issue.” United Methodists in Idaho support families new to the U.S. View

Gil Kruger, a member of Hamline Church United Methodist in St. Paul, Minnesota, bakes a pizza in the congregation's new outdoor oven. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Pizza Oven Feeds Community

Installing an outdoor oven allowed one church to “move the altar outside” and share the “Bread of Life” with their neighbors. View

Members of First United Methodist Church of Topeka look at a permanent history wall on display inside the church. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Church History Wall Unites Generations

Exhibit captures 160 years of church stories at a glance. “It’s more than just the building. It’s the people, important events, social issues and standing up for justice.” View

The congregation of Peace Tree United Methodist meets up at the home of a church member. Photo courtesy of Peace Tree United Methodist via Facebook.

Home Church Feeds Souls, Stomachs

“One house at a time, one disciple at a time. People who felt lost have a place here.” Growing congregation has more than one church home but no sanctuary. View

The Rev. K Karpen remembers an impromptu interfaith service that drew hundreds to The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew following 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. K Karpen

Tragedy led to an impromptu interfaith worship service at a church near Ground Zero. “We were looking to each other for words and prayers all day long.” View

A photo taken following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York shows a memorial on the street. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

15 years later, New Yorkers remember how their home churches stepped up to feed and care for neighbors following the 2001 terrorist attacks. View

Job seekers network at event held by Roswell United Methodist Church near Atlanta, Ga. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Church Welcomes Job Seekers

Meet church members who use their spiritual, and professional gifts, to support those looking for work. View

United Methodists in Côte d'Ivoire celebrate 100 years of Methodism with an original song called “The Buzz.” Video image courtesy of Cote d'Ivoire Annual Conference.

Côte d’Ivoire United Methodists Create Music Video

“There is nothing more beautiful than to be Methodist.” Church members sing and dance to an original song, written to celebrate 100 years in the faith. View

A man prepares to descend from a rock climbing wall inside Metzingen United Methodist Church in Germany.

Membership climbs at German church

Rock climbing gym in renovated building brings young people to church. View

Congregants receive communion at Urban Village United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Urban Village Does Church Differently

“The church is successful when it shows up in people’s lives.” See how a Chicago congregation is attracting young people and bucking trends. View

The ukulele choir from Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas, plays during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ukulele Choir Connects Church Members

“It makes people happy to see us play.” Hawaiian shirts and tiny instruments offer a new way to enjoy worship. View

Members share communion at the United Methodist Sellwood Faith Community in Portland, Oregon. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Planting Church At Home

What makes church feel like church--the building, the pews, the Sunday service? In one Portland neighborhood, it’s none of the above. View

Participants enjoy the Memphis Joy Prom for those with special needs, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Special needs prom brings joy

Watch how one congregation invites those with disabilities to enjoy a very special evening. “It allows them to come, have a great time, and learn about who God is.” View

Joe Hirsch prays over Franz the cat during a pet blessing. Video image by Clay Kisker, United Methodist Communications.

UMTV: Church Welcomes Pets

Hearts and Paws offers pet adoptions, a prayer hotline, and memorials. People say, View

UMTV: Church Erases AIDS Stigma

December is AIDS Awareness Month. For 20 years, this congregation has been Read More

UMTV: Worship and Workout

Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. View

Video image from a service at AfterHours Denver.

UMTV: Bar Church Serves All

United Methodist pastor Jerry Herships does not preach at a pulpit, but at a pub. He leads worship services, and invites congregants to do service, at a bar in Denver. View

UMTV: Vital Church Makes Disciples

"I've been here for 10 years, haven't left. It's my juice." How Grace UMC in Florida grew from 400 members to 2600. "Everybody is called." View

The Rev. Alice Pedone leads cowboy church, a ministry of Pine Mill UMC.

UMTV: Cowboys Rethink Church

Boots, bibles and hot breakfast welcome friends to cowboy church. View

Young musicians play “Amazing Grace” at Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Hispanic Church Mentors Through Music

Free guitar lessons and a chance to join the praise team attract new families to Dallas congregation. View

Rev Kevin Murriel of Cascade United Methodist Church shares best practices for discipleship.

20 Things Churches Could Do More Often

Laugh. Be real. Expect excellence. Here are 20 simple steps to a more appealing church. View

A child kicks a ball on the soccer fields of Seville Trinity United Methodist Church in Florida.

UMTV: Church Soccer Outreach

It's a net win. Learn how a Florida church used soccer to reach out to immigrants. View

Video image of congregants at Garfield United Methodist Church in Ohio.

UMTV: Church Thrives on Diversity

People drive for miles to be part of an Ohio church in an exclusive suburb because it seeks to be more inclusive. Learn what keeps this congregation growing. View

Tom Arthur leads a

UMTV: Church in a Diner

Young pastor finds recipe for reaching those who might not go to church in a traditional setting. “We’re all comfortable in a diner.” View

Oak Forest United Methodist saw a surge in new members after opening a free community clinic.

Rev. Russ Breshears: Making An Old Church New

Pastor says churches need to focus on serving, not the carpet color. “The Kingdom of God is too important for silliness.” View

Church Rethinks School Lunches

Pastor says meal program is View

UMTV: Storage Unit Ministry

Thinking outside the box lands one pastor inside a place with plenty of boxes: a storage facility. His new office reaches those in transition. View

UMTV: Bowling Church

When an Ohio congregation tried worship outside the walls, attendance doubled, then tripled. View

The Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow is the chaplain at United Methodist Philander Smith College

Young Black Church Leader: Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow

As head of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a popular pastor and college chaplain, Ronnie Miller-Yow shares ideas for church growth. View

Car Care for Single Moms

Church makes mothers' day. View