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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

Volunteers place wreaths on every gravestone at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.

Holiday Wreaths for Veterans

Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition. View

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

Members of Grace Avenue United Methodist Church portray Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper.

UMTV: Easter Church Drama

Last Supper comes to life as church members portray disciples and ask "Master, is it I?" View

Farm assistant Lebon Augulus and The Rev. Jim Gulley hold young goat twins in Darbonne/Leogane, Haiti.

Haiti Quake Survivor: Jim Gulley

The United Methodist aid worker spoke of being buried alive in 2010, and how two of those near him died. Still, the tragedy strengthened his desire to serve Haiti. View

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey prays with young adults who were attending Exploration 2013, an event for those considering God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Vicki Brown for the General Board of Higher Education

Church continues to see clergy aging trend

Report finds young elders slightly up in percentage, though big shift is toward local pastors. Read More

Gail Ford Smith

How Texas Conference has developed young clergy

The Rev. Gail Ford Smith, director of the Texas Annual Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, answers questions about strategy for developing young clergy. Read More

Young people from Central America wear shoes without laces. Photo courtesy Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

United Methodists turning attention to “sobering” crisis of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America crossing into U.S. Read More

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University named the Rev. William Holmes its 2007 Distinguished Alumnus.

Pastor paid price for JFK sermon

Rev. William Holmes had to go into hiding after taking Dallas to task, post-assassination. Read More

Jesus Versus the Zombies

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

Should churches offer Holy Communion online?

Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week. Read More

Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines

Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction. 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

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

Bishop rules on gay clergy candidate

Dorff says question of whether the board of ordained ministry acted properly in discontinuing candidacy is "moot and hypothetical." Read More

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