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Workers tear down the main building of the Asian Rural Institute, which was damaged during Japan’s March 11, 2011 earthquake. The institute has received $1.15 million from the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reconstruct and repair its buildings. UMNS Photo courtesy of Jonathan McCurley, ARI. Accompanies UMNS story #067. 3/9/12.; Jonathan McCurley, ARI

Japan: Three years after triple disaster

The Committee on Relief assesses the need for long-term recovery and the “hidden wounds” of 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. Read More

Zimbabwe church moves against domestic violence

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa calls the church to take an active role in helping end abuse. “There is an opportunity for preventive ministry.” Read More

Pastors don bulletproof vests for mission

“What can we do to help?” Six chaplains in Youngstown, Ohio ride with police officers to counsel people in the midst of shock or grief. Read More

Gene Claypool, Nic Tesone and Jack Allen split wood for people in need. They are part of a team in Anderson, South Carolina that cuts and delivers firewood so elderly, sick or financially struggling people can stay warm in frigid winter months. Photo by Danny Thompson, South Carolina United Methodist Advocate.

Wood ministry brings winter warmth

James Morrison has led a firewood ministry to heat the homes of people in need for the last 38 years. “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Read More

Philippines Typhoon: The Church Responds

After the devastation of Haiyan, the church is responding with relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate. Read More

UMTV: Choir’s Christmas Gift

Members of Saint Mark United Methodist Church will be heard on Dec. 24 special. "They'll see Jesus in us, and that's gonna touch lives." View

Church reaches out to children in Lithuania through scouting

First United Methodist Church in Green Bay, Wis., is reaching around the world to help boys and girls in a church in Pilviskiai, Lithuania, have a successful scouting troop. Read More

Jesus Versus the Zombies

Sermon series looks at the bad church ideas that just &ellipsis; won't &ellipsis; die. Read More

The Rev. Adam Weber, lead pastor, delivers the message during a Sunday service at Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. Embrace, a United Methodist Church founded in 2007, is one of the top 50 fastest-growing U.S. churches in 2013 according to Outreach magazine. Photo by Amie Hansen Photography for Embrace Church. Accompanies UMNS story #268. 10/17/13.; Photo by Amie Hansen Photography for Embrace Church

S.D. church makes ‘fastest-growing’ list

Embrace in Sioux Falls is the only United Methodist church to make magazine's 2013 list of U.S. top 50 in growth. Read More

The ABCs of back-to-school outreach

Whether your congregation is large or small, you can learn creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year. Read More

United Methodists ready kids for school

Special back-to-class events offer resources and fun for families, along with a chance to see the church in action. Read More

Door open to Southern Baptist Scout groups

United Methodist Men responds to Baptist action to support church and families that want to cut ties to Boy Scouts. Read More

Boy Scouts lift ban on gay members

Leaders voted on proposal that retained prohibition on gay adult leaders. Decision affects United Methodist ministries. Read More

Hockey ministry scores big with youth

A couple's shared love of hockey spawned a ministry that helps kids develop in every aspect of their lives. Read More

Young Pastor’s Fresh Ideas: Rev. Stephanie Price

Stephanie Price encourages churches to partner with local farmers. "We're closing that gap between people outside our walls and people within." View

Pastor Russell Clark of the United Methodist Church of Reddick (Fla.) welcomes new members, Lannie and Erin Thompson and their children.

Church vitality: What is the secret to growth?

Florida pastor sees congregation grow by 25 percent in one Sunday as he does 'what a pastor is called to do.' Read More

Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service’

First responders receive blessings and healing after witnessing "a vision that no one should" at scene of Dec. 14 tragedy. Read More

Members of the “Sittercize for the Saints” group at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., exercise in the Asbury ministry building.

Steps for vital older adult ministry

United Methodists observe Older Adult Recognition Day in May, but churches can reach out to older members all year long. Read More

Native American Teens and Tradition

A riding program is re-introducing young people to a part of their culture that has been lost in today's world. Read More

Devotionals for Newtown first responders

United Methodist Men to present Strength for Service to God and Community, a new manual designed specifically for first responders. Read More

Young people make big impact in Las Vegas

Impact Las Vegas takes church outside the four walls and into the community. Read More

Men’s leaders urge Scouts to delay change

Letter to Boy Scouts of America says United Methodist churches need more time to research implications of ending gay ban. Read More

UMTV: Prison Ministry Restores Hope

Former inmate Kimery Finger credits support of Cascade UMC for her new lease on life. "They were a bunch of sisters holding me up." View

Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay

After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders. Read More

UMTV: Bowling Church

When an Ohio congregation tried worship outside the walls, attendance doubled, then tripled. "We had lines waiting to get into the building." View

Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes

United Methodist Men faced criticism after supporting a proposal to allow local groups to choose whether to have gay leaders and members. Read More

2 agencies agree with change in Boy Scout ban

Possibility of ending ban on gay scouts and leaders more consistent with church law, say United Methodist Men and Church and Society. Read More

Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy

When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders. Read More

Human Relations Day: Join in seeking justice

Little Rock pastor reminds that Human Relations Days offers opportunity to work with others 'to heal the wounds of social inequality.' Read More

Human Relations Day gifts aid recovery

Easter tragedy leads to lifesaving outreach to addicts in Arkansas. "This is not just a job," says executive director. 'It's a ministry.' Read More

Embrace military families and give thanks

Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out. Read More

UMTV: Worship and Workout

Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. "I look at the Y like the woman at the well. People come here. I provide that spiritual connect." View

Church honors veterans’ stories of valor

Mother remembers 19-year-old son and families write thank-you notes for those who "put their lives on the line" during Veterans Day service. Read More

UMTV: Church Salutes Veterans

Vets and families honored with notes, photos, and more on Veterans Day. "This event means everything&ellipsis;you can't thank them enough." View

Arkansas program helps addict ‘let go’

'I lived in the dark, and now I live in the light,' says Monte Payne, who found hope at Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Read More

Spiritual resources for veterans and families

Veterans Day is on Sunday. Find sources of strength from The United Methodist Church to use throughout the year. Read More

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

Sunday is Veterans Day. Read creative ways individuals and congregations can engage in ministry with U.S. military, vets and their families. Read More

UMTV: Hispanic Clergy Migrant Ministry

As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, meet Marcelo and Corazón Escarzaga, from Mexico, whose mission is with vineyard workers. View

UMTV: Biker Church

Crossfire UMC in North Carolina welcomes those who feel "regular churches wouldn't want our type" with open arms. View

Maryland D.S. takes ‘prayer bike tour’

The Rev. Evan Young took a 55-mile trip in his district to show how he feels "the church needs to engage itself &ellipsis;meet people where they are." Read More

UMTV: Mom’s Grief Inspires Peace Walk

"It's like his spirit is pushing me." Chicago mom who lost son says prayer labyrinth lets people focus on following God, and can end violence. View

United Methodist ‘church’ on a ferry boat

Small Michigan town has a waiting line of 30 minutes to board for Friday night vespers under the sky. Read More

Chicago church puts faith into action

Church takes hands-on approach to dealing with social issues endangering neighborhood. "We have to be a light in that community." Read More

UMTV: Grace House Heals Families

Church turns home across the street into a place of hope for families in transition. "Everybody needs a little jump start once in a while." View

UMTV: Ministry with the Roma

Living at the margins of Hungarian society, the Roma people face high unemployment and discrimination. But they are central to one church. View

UMTV: Ministry with the Roma

At the margins of Hungarian society, Roma people face high unemployment and discrimination yet are welcomed by one United Methodist church.
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Volunteers change world in 1,500 places

Fun runs, block parties, picnics, malaria fundraisers-and more-connected United Methodists to their communities. Read More

United Methodists ready to Change the World

More than 1,500 congregations, charges, districts and conferences around the globe take the church into the community. Read More

UMTV: Church Drive-Thru Prayer

Atlanta drivers stuck in rush hour traffic can pull over for some comfort and connection. "I've seen tears of joy and restoration." View

UMTV: Church’s Harry Potter Halloween

Each year, one UMC becomes Hogwarts for a day. Some call it magic. "To be bold enough to sponsor a Harry Potter festival, it's remarkable." View

Churches Rethink 9/11

A Chicago community is rethinking church by honoring 9/11 heroes as well as their own first responders, "who stand up and protect us every day." View

Deportations Leave Teen Alone

When Jasmine Franco's parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college. View

AIDS Awareness Church

"It's God's work." Hollywood UMC supports those with HIV, visits clinic patients. "They can go all day without anything to eat, or a hug, or smile." View

Creative and Colorblind Church

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell's forward thinking is embodied in his non-traditional choice in a new associate pastor. View

Omaha Grows Community Care

United Methodists came together in Omaha, Nebraska for a unique effort to reach out to their neighbors and help change the world. View

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

UMTV: Car Care for Single Moms

Church makes mothers' day. "They came for free gas, but the look in their eyes when you said 'I would be glad to pray for you' was a God moment." View

Change the World event mobilizes churches

Thousands of United Methodists will team up to make a positive difference-locally and globally-during the second annual Change the World event on May 14-15, 2011. Read More

Garden Grows Community Care

Members of 30 churches left the pews and put on their work gloves to help neighbors. "We want them to see people out there in need." View

Bishop Edwards, mission leader, dies

Edwards oversaw the North Carolina Conference and led the effort to establish a seminary in Russia. He was 71. Read More

Sermons For Truckers

Wilma Foreman first preached to a washer. Now her sermons are on CDs at truck stops "to reach people nobody wanted to reach." View

Church Home for Homeless: Rev. Brian Combs

Brian Combs leads a congregation of the "housed and unhoused" who share meals, do community service and worship side by side. View

Give a Bible to a seeker

For $5, you can place a Rethink Church edition of theNT in the hands of a spiritual seeker who has responded to one of The United Methodist Church's ads. Read More

Change the World Participation Makes an Impact

More than 100,000 people from over 1,000 churches united with a common purpose over a 48-hour period: to make a world of difference in ways both large and small. Read More

Goodpaster becomes bishops’ new president

"I want to be where God wants me to be," new president says. Read More

Bishops urge action on immigration

Leaders offer support to a colleague who is outspoken against Arizona's controversial new law. Read More

Bishops experience, affirm ministries of love

People tell United Methodist leaders of Christ's power in difficult times. Read More