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15 ways to pray for your pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation month in the U.S. We can show our gratitude by starting a regular practice of praying for pastors as individuals and leaders. Read More

United Methodists can learn to follow Jesus by practicing the Examen. Photo by Nathalie from France (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Praying the Examen: Following Jesus in our daily lives

The busyness of life can make it difficult to know where God is leading. An ancient practice of reflection can help us see God’s direction every day. Read More

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

People traveled great distances to attend camp meetings, like this one at Witwen around 1900. Photo courtesy Witwen Camp Meeting Association.

“Fishing with a large net”: United Methodist camp meetings

Francis Asbury praised this early evangelism tool by referencing Jesus’ call to “fish for people.” The format has changed, but some still meet today. Read More

Bilha Alegria and two of her grandchildren at Lake Junaluska, a United Methodist retreat center.

A Prayer for My Grandchildren

To know your children's children is a great gift from God. Watch and share this short reflection that celebrates the love of a grandparent. View

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United Methodist Blessing for Those Who Wait

There are countless ways humans wait. This short reflection reminds those waiting in fear and sadness that God offers comfort and strength. View

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to a chicken as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

A United Methodist Prayer for Animals

God has granted us stewardship of creation. This prayer celebrates our delicate coexistence with the animals of the earth. View

Pedro Chadreque Guambe and his daughter Wendy share a moment together.

A United Methodist Prayer for Fathers

A short reflection offers words to honor the sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have shaped our lives. View

Pausing to listen in prayer allows time for God to speak to our hearts. Photo courtesy Council of Bishops.

‘Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.’ Hearing from God

In our prayer lives, we are often more comfortable talking than waiting for God to speak. Two United Methodists offer tips to help us listen. Read More

Some online quizzes, such as this one from The Upper Room, can help us better understand our spiritual type and gifts. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What’s your spiritual type? Online quizzes can grow faith

Are you a sage, a lover, a mystic or a prophet? Find online options that help us dig deeper into our spirituality. Read More

Image of sunrise. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Downloadable prayers for your home

“Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us in the coming months.” Read and share this printable prayer to help focus on faith as 2018... Download

Dancers from Mandell United Methodist Church in Chicago perform at the 2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Desktop Meditation: Easter Joy

Watch and download a reflection with joyful photos of United Methodists around the world, set to music by the Africa University Choir. View

When we listen to a sermon, there are things we can do to hear God speaking to us. Photo by Ben White, courtesy ChristianPics.co.

Listen up, members: How to hear a sermon for all it’s worth

What is God speaking to us from the pulpit? A United Methodist pastor tells us how to be active listeners and get the most impact from a sermon. Read More

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True discipleship is intentional: Ideas to grow your faith

Experiment. Do things that bring you joy. Commit to growing closer to God. Faithful United Methodists share their tips for being better disciples. Read More

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

A short video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. Share with someone you love. View

Candles are lit at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, England.

A prayer in memory of John Wesley

On the anniversary of his death on March 2, John Wesley is remembered by United Methodists with a special prayer. Read More

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey

"Mini retreat" offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." View