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(Top) Early arrivals at the new building sit and wait for the dedication ceremony. (Bottom) The old school building contrasts sharply with the improved building.

United Methodist school gets new building

Operation Classroom replaces unsafe building with modern classrooms for a United Methodist primary school in Sierra Leone. Read More

For the Local Church

Planning a wonderful welcome celebration is but one part of a successful pastoral transition. Photo by Kimberly Kappel, courtesy Flickr.

We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?

This time of year many churches face big changes. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start. Read More

Church Growth

A seedling sprouts in the earth. Photo by Theornamentalist, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

New Church Starts: Planting, training, coaching

New Church Starts is a team of leaders whose mission is to train and equip church planters who will start new congregations. Interested? Read More

Young Adults

Rev. Charley Watts, pastor and youth ministry leader at First UMC, Moore Haven, promised to dye his hair pink if kids brought 20 newcomers to the youth program. It worked. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church, Moore Haven.

Pink hair and other tips for healthy youth ministries

At a time when many churches struggle to attract “Generation Z,” these youth ministry leaders from Florida are doing whatever it takes to get young people to church. Read More

You Can Help

Tsungira Makoni, 16, wants to stay at Home of Hope orphanage until she finishes school.

Zimbabwe financial woes increase orphanage struggles

"I want to go to the university.” Home of Hope, an orphanage at The United Methodist Church’s oldest mission, struggles to become self-sufficient as it moves to family-style homes. Read More

Supporting Charleston

South Carolina United Methodist Bishop L. Jonathan Holston shakes hands with President Obama at the June 26 memorial service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Photo from C-SPAN livestream of service

United Methodist bishop salutes slain Charleston pastor

“Home-going celebration” for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney focuses on joy, not sorrow, as President Obama delivers the eulogy for the AME pastor killed in church shooting. Read More

Moment in History

Choral music, as well as preaching, was part of The Protestant Hour. This recording session occurred in April 1955 at the Protestant Radio and Television Center in Atlanta. Photo courtesy the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History

‘The Protestant Hour’ brought mainline faith to radio

Successor ‘Day1’ continues to broadcast United Methodist preachers and others. Read More


Being a pastor in a 5-4 world

After a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, Rev. Travis Garner says there are not “two sides” to the issue, there are individuals with unique experiences. Read More

For Reflection

Mike Richards, a street pastor, invites people to kneel to pray and bless Charleston, S.C. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, United Methodist News Service.

God is with us: A response to South Carolina church shooting

In the midst of tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church, we remember God's presence and our call to be agents of healing to a broken... 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

For Parents

A mother and daughter pray. Photo by bigbirdz,

How to help children after a crisis

Acknowledge children's fears and use these tips to help them to cope in a world that is often very unpredictable and scary. Read More

Camps and Retreats

Will Penner leads a gospel song during worship at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS.

Church camps combine faith and fun

The United Methodist Church offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year. Read More

Black-eyed Susan flowers bloom near Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. File photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

See today’s food for thought from the Upper Room. More

Featured Resouce

Robert Griggs (center) prays with others outside Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. United Methodists joined AME members in prayers following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, UMNS

Topic: Responding to Violence

United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. Find resources for helping people cope with violent events, read news coverage and learn how individuals make a positive difference. Read More