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Hammerfest, Norway, is home to the world’s northernmost United Methodist ministry. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen

Northernmost United Methodist congregation thrives

North of the Arctic Circle, this church in Hammerfest, Norway gives young people a warm reception. Read More

Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Carpenters for Christ group is nearing completion of its 100th Habitat for Humanity house, in time for the church’s centennial celebration. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Church celebrates 100 years and 100 Habitat houses

Highland Park United Methodist reaches construction goal in time for centennial. Read More

Jonathan Wilke, at right, and other young people are flocking to Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eberswalde, Germany. The church is defying the odds in the formerly Communist region by welcoming newcomers. Now, the church is striving to help refugees. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How a church overcomes hostility to Christianity

A church in formerly Communist eastern Germany defies the odds by welcoming newcomers, including the influx of recent asylum-seekers. Read More

The ‘why’ behind the Vibrant Church Initiative

Twenty-nine congregations in the Texas Conference said “yes” to the VCI process which provides resources, strategies and support to church leaders who participate. Read More

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

“Pass It On” is the title a 1969 song by Kurt Kaiser. It proclaims that when you experience God’s love, you want to share it with everyone. This is one way to understand evangelism. Photo courtesy of John Partipillo

6 examples of effective Wesleyan evangelism

United Methodist Harry Denman Award winners show that sharing the good news doesn’t have to be scary or intrusive. Read More

“Pass It On” is the title a 1969 song by Kurt Kaiser. It proclaims that when you experience God’s love, you want to share it with everyone. This is one way to understand evangelism. Photo courtesy of John Partipillo

6 examples of effective Wesleyan evangelism

United Methodist Harry Denman Award winners show that sharing the good news doesn’t have to be scary or intrusive. Read More

Rev. Will Shewey carries in the donated meal that will be served before worship at Shades of Grace in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. Photo by Annette Spence, courtesy of the Holston Conference.

The least of these: Church serves ‘forgotten community’

Located in a former store, church's congregation is 50 percent homeless and provides meals, showers, prayer and acceptance. “This church is amazing. They don’t judge.” Read More

Economist Don House (left) helps lead a discussion about the church budget during the 2012 pre-General Conference news briefing at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida in this file photo. At right is Bishop G. Lindsey Davis. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Economist: Church in crisis but hope remains

At the same meeting, denominational leaders talked about missional goals to help the church address U.S. declines and enhance ministries around the globe Read More

Diane Nichols, left, Rev. Bryan Dalco and Rev. Gary Lindley pose for a commemorative photo after signing documents that will merge two historic Central Texas Churches. Photo courtesy of Bryan Dalco.

One plus one equals New Church Start

When two historic churches, including one of the original congregations of the Black Methodist Church, voted to be one, it led to an exciting “new vision of ministry.” Read More

Union and Willow Grove United Methodist Church inaugural Tractor Blessing in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Photo by Calista Condo, courtesy of the South Jersey Times.

Tractor ceremony in South Jersey blesses farmers of all ages

Small church’s service wishes growers a fruitful harvest. "I wanted them to be blessed so they can seed with a smile on their faces and a prayer in their heart." Read More

The Rev. Molly Simpson confirms a young church member. From story in Interpreter Magazine. Photo courtesy of Molly Simpson.

Women church planters reach new disciples

'We were ready to take risks, to try new things, and if they didn't work, we made the changes necessary.' Interpreter Magazine profiles two female pastors. Read More

“Trust God when the air is rough and the enemy is real,” Bishop Julius C. Timble of the Iowa Conference told pastors attending conference for pastors of black churches. Photo courtesy of Linda Furtado

Black church pastors told to move beyond safe, demure

Pastors of black churches urged to “take real risks for the reign of God.” Read More

5 things small churches can uniquely offer

The Rev. Ben Gosden says from their inter-generational character to the family feeling, small churches make a big contribution to the world. Read More

Worship at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. takes place in a middle school.Today the church has a regular attendance of about 1,000, but it has delayed building a church to focus on mission.  Photo courtesy of Providence United Methodist Church.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

New churches often are the most vital and can play a key role in reversing membership declines, church leaders say. Read More

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