UMTV: Church Salutes Veterans
Vets and families honored with notes, photos, and more on Veterans Day. “This event means everything…you can’t thank them enough.”
UMTV: Mother-Son AIDS Journey
Heidi Simon credits church family for support. “If everybody knew what we knew about God being with us there wouldn’t be any problems.”
Chuck Knows Church: Pulpit vs. Lectern
Ever wonder why there are two podiums inside many church sanctuaries?
UMTV: Vets Helping Vets
Campus ministry near Army base supports soldiers and encourages veterans to reach out to other vets. “I have things to offer still.”
Chuck Knows Church: Sign of the Fish
Chuck explains the meaning and history of the fish symbol in the Christian church.
Chuck Knows Church: Clergy Fashion
Have a chuckle and learn with Chuck when he explains the differences between a robe and an alb — even if your pastor wears neither!
Chuck Knows Church: Liturgical Colors
Ever walk into your Sunday morning worship service and realize the colors have changed around the sanctuary?
UMTV: Church Rethinks School Lunches
Pastor says meal program is “not about churchianity; it’s about Christianity. It’s not about the building, it’s about the people we are building.”
UMTV: Young Women of UMCOR
They are leaders at relief agency before age 40. Hear their story. “Young people are looking at us saying, ‘We want to do that, too.’“
UMTV: Pro Wrestling Deacon of Doom
Brian Diggs preaches by day, and pounds people by night. Meet a minister who brings God’s message to the mat.
UMTV: Hispanic Clergy Migrant Ministry
As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, meet Marcelo and Corazón Escarzaga, from Mexico, whose mission is with vineyard workers.
UMTV: Biker Church
Crossfire UMC in North Carolina welcomes those who feel “regular churches wouldn’t want our type” with open arms.
UMTV: Hinton Center Renews Small Churches
For 50 years, a retreat center in North Carolina has offered resources and training to keep rural congregations connected. Take a video tour.
9/11 Memorial in Shanksville
In 2001, passengers of Flight 93 gave their lives to save others in the path of a hijacked plane. Now a permanent memorial in Pa. honors them.
UMTV: Mom's Grief Inspires Peace Walk
"It's like his spirit is pushing me." Chicago mom who lost son says prayer labyrinth lets people focus on following God, and can end violence.
UMTV: Keeping God in your Job Search
How hosting a job ministry can change a church. “What are the odds that we’ll speak to anybody about Christ this week that we don’t know?”
UMTV: Act of Repentance
Preparations for the GC2012 event included listening sessions with indigenous peoples in Norway, the Philippines, and the U. S.
UMTV: Surgeon On A Mission
Dr. Steve Herbst performs surgeries in Nicaragua to serve the poor. “If I don’t use my gift then I’m shorting what I could do for the kingdom.”
UMTV: Grace House Heals Families
Church turns home across the street into a place of hope for families in transition. “Everybody needs a little jump start once in a while.”
Teens Clean River, Change World
Can you change the world by pulling up some weeds? For one group of folks from Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, the weeds are just the beginning.
UMTV: Interpreters Raise Church Voices
During General Conference, business is conducted in English and translated into 8 more languages. A huge team helps every voice be heard.
UMTV: Family Fosters 100 Children
Ralph and Sue Hillman felt a call to help those in need. “This voice, and I knew it was God, said, ‘I want you to take care of babies.’”
UMTV: Father’s Adoption Story
United Methodist dad recalls the dramatic circumstances that saved one baby’s life and changed his family’s future.
UMTV: Catering Work for Homeless
Inside the Box buys a meal for a homeless person for every lunch sold. Homeless teens train for jobs in food service. Good food for a good cause.
UMTV: Ministry with the Roma
At the margins of Hungarian society, Roma people face high unemployment and discrimination yet are welcomed by one United Methodist church.
UMTV: Photographer’s Ministry with Poor
"The poor don’t have the luxury of giving up." Missionary Paul Jeffrey finds God in the field. “I’m continually evangelized by the poor.”
UMTV: Battle Buddies Mentor Veterans
Fellow vets support returning troops battling everything from PTSD to homelessness.
UMTV: Bar Church Serves All
Pubs provide alternative to traditional church. "Jesus never said, 'If you need me, I'll be in the temple.' He was always out in the world."
UMTV: Booths Educate and Engage
Creative displays allowed delegates and visitors of GC2012 to learn about exciting ministries The United Methodist Church offers.
UMTV: Prayer Room Offers Sacred Space
Volunteers offered special prayers for the delegates and attendees of GC2012. "As United Methodists, we are people of prayer."
UMTV: Produce Drop Pounds Hunger
40,000 pounds of cucumbers help feed hungry. “There is only one reason there are hungry people in the United States … because we tolerate it.”
UMTV: The Art of a Lost Boy
James Makuac is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He knows all too well the hardships faced by his fellow refugees, and paints to tell their story.
GC2012 Celebration Sunday: The Advance
Meet some of the people who represent The United Methodist Church at work in the world — and those who make their missions possible.
GC2012: Ziemer on Malaria
Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, acknowledges that The United Methodist Church has been an important partner in the fight against malaria.
UMTV: Church Fosters Adoption
More foster children are finding “forever homes” thanks to a congregation in Ohio. In 2011, 46 were adopted. “That’s a God thing right there.”
UMTV: Street Pastor with a Past
A former heroin user, the Rev. Keith Kaufold speaks firsthand about addiction and redemption. “God will turn your misery into your ministry.”
UMTV: Young Black Church Leader
As head of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a popular pastor and college chaplain, Ronnie Miller-Yow shares ideas for church growth.
UMTV: Over 90, Teaching Yoga
United Methodist Bernice Bates is 91. “I’ve attained this age because I have done yoga. Gives you peace just like your church does.”
UMTV: World Record Female Bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd is 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy.
UMTV: Green Gym At Church
A United Methodist pastor is leading a revolution — a green revolution. Donated exercise equipment and discarded tires provide jobs and power.
UMTV: Church Drive-Thru Prayer
Atlanta drivers stuck in rush hour traffic can pull over for some comfort and connection. “I’ve seen tears of joy and restoration.”
Church Empowers the Poor
A Nashville congregation welcomes those living in poverty and gives people who may have had many obstacles in life some new opportunities.
UMTV: Santa’s Toymakers at Church
Church volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. “It’s not just what’s going in the box, it’s what’s going on inside that building.”
UMTV: Clinic for Homeless Teens
One group of doctors, nurses and caseworkers doesn’t just walk by the homeless youth in their city. They bring care to them, in a big blue van.
UMTV: Honey Dudes Do Good
Single moms and widows in one town can give their “honey do” list to the Honey Dudes and get a free helping hand with household repairs.
The Rev. Shane Stanford: Living with HIV
He kept a secret until he was ordained, then some churches turned their backs. “I wasn’t so much upset with God as much as with God’s people.”
UMTV: Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals
“I was taught at this church that everybody is family.” Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors.
Greeting Job Seekers: John Harper
Harper volunteers for the Job Networking ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church and is committed to helping those who are out of work.
Training Churches for Job Ministry: Katherine Simons
Simons works with Roswell UMC’s successful Job Networking ministry and hopes other churches will begin their own to help those out of work.
UMTV: Restaurant Owner On Mission
Steve Pool cooked up a way to help others. “No matter who you are or where you live, there are missions within ten miles of your house.”
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