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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

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

UMTV: 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: "Don't bore 'em!" 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

Jerry Herships serves Communion in a Denver park. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Professional Comic Turned Preacher: Rev. Jerry Herships

Jerry Herships went from show biz to soul biz. "I used to be a comedian, emcee and host. That's still what I am. I host 'happy hours' for God." View

Pathways to Congregational Vitality

This series of articles on the foundational ministries of all congregations — such as worship, preaching, evangelism, Christian education, and stewardship — are intended to be used with a church's leadership team. Read More

Members approach First Samoan United Methodist Church in Anchorage, Alaska

Samoans Find Church Home in Alaska

“That’s our gift from God, to be Samoan.” Meet some islanders who are preserving their traditions in a new locale. 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

Growth of Hispanic/Latino Ministries in Wisconsin

"There is great movement of existing churches that are passionate about reaching out to people of all nations and races," writes a Wisconsin District Superintendent. Read More

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

President Amy Novak of Dakota Wesleyan University congratulates Brandon Vetter, DWU campus pastor, Thursday after his announcement that Fusion has grown to such success that it will become its own church. Fusion began two years ago as an outreach worship service held on Sundays for campus and community members and has grown to 140 attendees per week.

New church planted on 129-year-old campus

Dakota Wesleyan campus minister is pastor for Fusion Church. The location is seen as more approachable for the unchurched. Read More

2013: A year of United Methodist milestones

In 2013, The United Methodist Church experienced important transitions in its leadership as well as widely recognized milestones in the life of the denomination and individual United Methodists. Read More

Spiritual Gifts: Apostleship

The gift of apostleship compels people to reach out to new and unfamiliar groups and individuals to invite them into relationship with God and community. Read More

Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012

Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance. Read More

Vital Congregations

Vital congregations equip and empower people to be disciples of Jesus Christ in their homes and communities around the world. Read More

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