‘Worship ＆ Song’ blends old, new tunes
The collection contains music that is “currently shaping the future of congregational song,” says a church music executive.
Lent gets 21st-century makeover
Initiatives urging abstinence from alcohol and reduction of carbon usage are reinventing Lenten fasting by linking it to wider social causes.
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.
New group studies aid Lenten devotions
These Bible study and devotional selections will help make the 40 days of Lent more meaningful.
Rapper plays for children’s home on NBC show
If picked, Lil Jon will donate the winnings to the UM children’s home in Georgia. ”Every kid deserves a good home and the best opportunities.”
Faith leaders look at budget’s ‘moral’ impact
In a March 1 letter to Congress, United Methodists and others urged that the U.S. federal budget not cut aid to the poor.
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."
Smartphone, apps revolutionize ministry
One pastor increased communication with his staff and members by 50% using a smartphone. “There’s a whole generation that prefers to text me.”
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.
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.
Imagine No Malaria gifts top $15 million
Since April 2010, congregations and conferences have cast a wide net to support this lifesaving initiative.
UMCOR, donors work to rebuild Sudan
Efforts will construct schools and provide for water and sanitation. Some projects offer opportunities to earn income and improve farming methods.
Young adults talk church relevance
Relevance X 2011 asked young Christians to see serving others an extension of their faith and a way God works outside church walls.
What does the church say about labor unions?
Labor Day is September 2. From its start with John Wesley, the Methodist movement has focused particular attention on the concerns of workers.
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