Local Church

FAQs about the local church from Ask The UMC. Ask The UMC is a ministry of United Methodist Communications. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Every United Methodist church organizes itself to plan and carry out its ministries with the community. 

Explore common questions about policies and practices for planning and leading the life and work of the congregation.
The Rev. Eric Folkerth, senior pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas is recorded with a cell phone during a service March 15. The church is livestreaming their services on Facebook due to the coronavirus or COVID0-19. Photo by Brett Shipp, courtesy of Kessler Park United Methodist Church.
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Ask The UMC-FAQs

How can we livestream worship legally?

Live streaming helps people remain connected with worship. Learn more about copyright considerations to do it legally.

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(clockwise from top left) Water project in Liberia; relief supplies in Philippines; doctor and patient in Brazil; primary school in Democratic Republic of Congo; dental student in US; disaster response in US; photos by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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Ask The UMC-FAQs

How do United Methodists fund mission?

United Methodists have five major ways to fund mission beyond the local church.

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