Reach potential visitors via social media
Even if you have a website, social media can be a great way to help newcomers find you and be more visible in your community.
Facebook prayer group for Detroit
Churches beware: Liability insurance a must
The reality is that congregations must be prepared for lawsuits; having the right insurance is the first step.
After Trayvon Martin, a way forward
Commission on Religion and Race asks “people of faith to model ways different from the world’s way of division and violence.”
White privilege and Trayvon Martin
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton says our experiences are not the same; we must think before we speak about any case involving potential racism.
Want to attract young adults to church?
“We need to let God break our heart for the next generation." Read the top ways congregations can be more welcoming to young people.
Rare video of 1990 U.S. speech by Mandela
“When we were in prison, you did not forget us.” Anti-apartheid activist speaks to interfaith leaders shortly after release from prison.
Methodists salute Mandela
July 18 is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Deep spiritual roots, lifelong Methodist ties helped make South African icon a symbol for justice.
Academy makes young African entrepreneurs
In an annual conference where one-sixth of the members are youth, United Methodists are reaching out in new ways.
UMTV: Beekeeping Benefits Liberia
Joe Gatei sent his kids to school with honey sales. “God is answering my prayer, things are working well.” See how UMCOR is changing lives.
Honest talk needed after Trayvon Martin case
Kwasi Kena challenges churches to have open conversations about the role of race “in matters of morality, justice, sanctity of life.”
What Trayvon Martin case means for us
United Methodists respond to verdict. “How we move forward will be determined by our willingness to show up and announce justice.”
Chuck Knows Church: Worship
Chuck gets a real workout as he explains the origins of the term “worship” and why it’s definitely an action word.
Zimmerman verdict a ‘teachable moment’
Bishop Ken Carter calls on United Methodists to make a difference in a fractured world and be “a visible sign of God’s peace, justice.”
Mental health: Clergy job often equals stress
Itinerancy, too little down time and even too many potlucks take their toll on spiritual leaders if they don’t focus on their own health.
VBS programs keep up with times
More than a million kids take part in summer programs at United Methodist churches. Workers share ideas and innovations to make the most impact.
New pastor lives homeless for a week
After God spoke to him in a dream, Willie Lyle lived on the street for five days. “Churches could learn a lot from the homeless and hungry.”
Florida to end insurance for some workers
Conference decision will mean many lay employees of churches will have to look to the exchange for coverage.
What does Obamacare mean for churches?
The answer will depend on how U.S. conferences are able to use the insurance marketplaces after Oct. enrollment begins.
Conference raises $1 million vs. malaria
One group did a Harlem Shake dance and one church’s staff plans to jump from a plane as Holston Conference works to save lives in Africa.
Honor Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18
Faith communities and other organizations will celebrate the life, legacy and values of Nelson Mandela on July 18. Find out how to participate.
Audit discovers misuse of board funds
A forensic audit found that a former United Methodist Board of Discipleship staff person diverted monies for personal gain.
Future bright for college president, student
After a hectic but fun first year, one University of Indianapolis student looks forward to Year 2 while the president looks toward the next 18.
Students join peace and justice communities
United Methodist-related schools introduce young people to human and civil rights education and awareness.
Oklahoma license plate suit sparks debate
United Methodists respond to pastor’s belief that Native American imagery on state’s license plates violates his religious liberty.
UMTV: Clothes Comfort Veterans
Some volunteers are trying to make the lives of wounded warriors a little easier, by “sewing” they care.
Hugs for Heroes ministry serves military
From care packages to bike blessings, aids active and retired military. "We are on a shoestring budget, but we are moving mountains."
Scout honored for 9/11 memorial
Jeff Cox will receive the United Methodist Men’s Good Samaritan Award for his original design that includes steel from the World Trade Center.
Church planter grows Hispanic presence
In 18 years as a pastor, Geovanna Chavez Huffman has planted campus ministries, Anglo and multicultural churches.
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.”
Lake Junaluska: Celebrating 100 years
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Bagging a record, feeding hungry kids
North Georgia United Methodists join other volunteers to best Guinness World Record for most sandwiches made in an hour, all for a good cause.
Sisters give 3 years to map hunger solutions
After 38,893 miles and 254 nights away from home, United Methodists have recorded what they’ve learned in “Facing Hunger in America.”
Former missionary to lead UMCOR
The Rev. Denise Honeycutt, nominated to serve as new deputy general secretary of UMCOR, served on boards of UMCOR, Global Ministries.
Marking John Wesley’s birthday in his words
Just in time for June 28, read what the founder of Methodism said about his good health. “This hath God wrought!”
Should Star-Spangled Banner be in church?
Some say making an issue of the flag is probably more divisive than the flag itself.
Aviation ministry’s new plane heads to DRC
Pilot thanks United Methodist partners for “the biggest dream of my life,” a larger plane for transporting critically ill in DR Congo.
How pastors can ‘bloom where planted’
Clergy — not just military families — deal with frequent moves, new assignments and expected and unexpected anxieties.
U.S. court rulings impact same-sex couples
This morning’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions likely will intensify United Methodists’ ongoing debate about human sexuality.
How to confront a church shooter
“Run, hide or fight.” What your church needs to know about new guidelines to ensure safety of congregants and staff if confronting a gunman.
Just Save One: Help the Global AIDS Fund
Think you can’t make a difference? One donation can help stop the transmission of HIV or send a child affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp.
Dakotas collect over $260,000 for oil workers
Vision of Bakken Oil Rush Ministry to “touch lives” of those suffering from lack of housing, isolation after migrating to Dakotas for work.
Is praying for others good for the soul?
Studies show praying for someone is beneficial even if they aren't religious, says David Briggs. "It provides a special source of hope."
“Moral Mondays” a matter of faith
United Methodists protest cuts to North Carolina programs that aid the most vulnerable. "This is... our calling, privilege and responsibility."
Being blind no barrier to Sea Scout
Scouting has deepened sixteen-year-old Tripp Gulledge’s relationship with God, and helped his local church grow.
Alternative breaks focus on service
United Methodist-related Cornell College makes vacations count as students gain experience and a global perspective.
Sports help warriors on path to healing
Not all war wounds are visible. “One of the greatest wounds is the soul wound,” said United Methodist Navy chaplain Laura Bender.
Resources for World Refugee Day
Basketball ministry ‘assists’ young men
When a church opened its doors for boys to have a place to play ball, a mentoring program began that helps young men realize their dreams.
The Gospel of Bark: Dog-friendly service
When congregants asked if they could bring their dogs to church, the answer was, “Why not? It tends to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
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