Study looks at why people skip church
It’s 9 a.m. Sunday: Do you know where your congregation is? Research reflects stiffening competition for the time of potential worshippers.
Summer church camps nurture bodies, souls
United Methodists find mission opportunities in special-interest camps.
All work and no play makes clergy unhealthy
Research shows clergy are increasingly unhealthy and unhappy. Experts suggest the simple remedy is taking more time off.
UMC pastor officiates Clinton wedding
Like her mother, Chelsea Clinton is a United Methodist. That’s why she invited Rev. Bill Shillady to be part of her interfaith ceremony on Saturday.
Silly Bandz spirituality
It may be the latest fad among kids, but one congregation sees this as an opportunity to meet people where they are.
United Methodists raise millions vs. malaria
Lydie Acquah works for malaria prevention in Cote d’Ivoire. She also knows the disease firsthand.
School of Congregational Development webcasts
School brings together church leaders for training on starting new churches and strengthening existing ones. Watch today at 5 pm CT.
Church teams up with marketing firm
One New York congregation decided they needed a marketing strategy to advertise their very non-traditional spirit: “Word up. We’re Open.”
Finding God at the Gulf
As Mississippi continues to recover after Katrina, a pastor says “Nothing happens outside the will of God, even an oil leak.”
Church must pay attention to numbers
The Rev. Jason Byassee defends bishop’s plea for growth.
Church group balances ministries, buildings
United Methodist City Society sells "dinosaur properties" to finance mission work.
Itineracy unease is root of appointment debate
Andrew C. Thompson believes part of the struggle with itineracy comes from the fear of not being appointed based on one’s gifts.
Red Bird Mission School to reopen
"It's confirmation that the Lord is in charge," school official says.
Conferences feature petitions, push-ups
Volunteers repair homes, package food as part of annual meetings.
U.S. conferences report declining numbers
Annual conferences explore ways to build vital, growing churches.
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