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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

Special for the season

A child holds the American flag during an Independence Day celebration. Photo by E.D.W.W., Wikimedia Commons.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in your home

Ideas for family devotional time, songs, food and ways United Methodists can explore the history of America from a spiritual perspective. 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

Making a Difference

Changing a child’s story: Iowa’s literacy project

One million books and a million hours of reading with children – that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in a new initiative. Can you help? 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


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

Special for the Season

Video image of Scouts at St. Mark's UMC in Lincoln, Nebraska as they plant flags for July 4th.

Flags and Scouts Soar at Church

It's a July 4th tradition. Neighbors in Lincoln, Nebraska love to see the 100 U.S. flags planted by Scouts at St. Mark's United Methodist. View

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... 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

In the Spotlight

Canoes and other vessels helped get teens to Cross Point United Methodist Camp in Kingston, Okla., on Monday, June 22. Recent floods have cut off road access. Photo courtesy Cross Point Camp

United Methodist flotilla gets campers across

Everything but an ark was used to transport teens to an Oklahoma Conference camp cut off by flooding 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