Project helps churches find new paths
The Ecclesiastes Project asked 11 churches to examine their future. Some decided they needed to change direction, while others merged or closed.
Got ashes? Church takes Lent to the streets
Teams offered to mark persons with a cross of ashes, hoping to offer them a connection to God. "Perhaps, by God’s grace, a tiny seed was planted."
Study tallies churches’ worth to community
Researcher tallied the economic "halo effect" of 12 congregations by giving values to services like counseling, weddings and job help.
‘Worship ＆ Song’ blends old, new tunes
The collection contains music that is “currently shaping the future of congregational song,” says a church music executive.
Preachers’ kids find support at retreat
The event dealt with the unique challenges faced by PKs. “You are put in a fishbowl. Everybody stares at you and puts you on a high pedestal.”
Homosexuality debate heats up
United Methodist-related caucuses have weighed in on the subject. The issue especially hits home for some church members.
College athletes connect with churches
Through a Black College Fund initiative, students from United Methodist-related schools win fans and put a face on church giving.
Mission giving tops $79 million
Almost $45 million went to Haiti and Pakistan relief. "The generosity of United Methodists has powerful and specific impacts around the world."
Laity Sunday celebrates people in the pews
In church, being there makes all the difference. This weekend United Methodists celebrate laity who witness through their presence.
Imagine No Malaria gifts top $15 million
Since April 2010, congregations and conferences have cast a wide net to support this lifesaving initiative.
Church membership tops 12 million
While U.S. membership has continued to shrink, the denomination is experiencing rapid growth globally, especially in Africa and the Philippines.
Online worship attracts seekers
How do you reach those not likely to go to church? One church’s online ‘campus’ has virtual sermons, chats and prayer. "We come to them.”
Young pastor juggles many responsibilities
With a love of Wesley and a maturity beyond his 25 years, the Rev. William Brewer serves as spiritual leader for two Ohio churches.
FAQ: Why red doors on churches?
For centuries the color has been associated with Protestantism. Many believe the doors Luther posted his Theses on were red.
New pastors halfway through first year
Not long ago, they were focusing on midterm exams. Six months into their ministry, young clergy face another midterm exam of sorts.
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