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Advent Outreach

Outreach Resources for Advent

Start planning your Christmas outreach now using resources tied to the national advertising campaign. Customizable resources include postcards, door hangers, social meda and worship graphics, and sermon starters. Read More

Advent Resources

Advent resources are now available for free download, and printed materials will be available in late September — your church can even apply a $400 promo code toward your order!

New resources bring ease to meaningful Advent outreach

“We really are trying to fully resource the local church to welcome visitors… We want to make this the best and easiest Advent ever.” Read More

Volunteer Celebration

UMVIM Awareness Sunday launched

Celebrate short-term mission volunteers and the work of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Downloadable resources include worship, social media, and promotional material. Read More

Stewardship Resource

5 ways to increase giving in your church

Money can be a touchy subject, especially when we start talking about how churches can increase donations. Here are a couple ways to increase giving without feeling like a pitch-person. Read More

Preaching Resource

How to write a terrific sermon title and why it matters

If your sermon is like a sandwich, then the title is the bread — not the condiments. Here’s how you can create a terrific title. Read More

Grow your church online

How to rock your mobile website

Fewer people are viewing your website via desktop these days. Use these tips to help navigate the road to an awesome mobile-first web strategy. Read More

Marketing & Outreach

Create a church marketing plan, step-by-step

Reach your community in fresh, new ways. Our online resource delivers data and guidance to help you craft a customized, realistic plan for your church. Read More

Advent Resource

Empower your congregation to reach out with warm invitations this Advent. Photo by Ben White, ChristianPics.co.

Engage your congregation in creative Christmas outreach

Empower your congregation to reach out with warm invitations this Advent. Read More

Stewardship Resource

Incorporate stewardship into every season by shifting the goal from getting money to pay bills to getting money so your congregation can experience the joy of generosity and the joy of being faithful disciples. Image by Rommel Diaz, Pixabay.com.

5 key elements in successful stewardship strategies

What if stewardship were more than a campaign? What if it were a mindset? And what if stewardship were incorporated in every season? Read More

Seasonal Resource

Fall pumpkins, squash and gourds. Image by Alexas Fotos, Pixabay.com.

Festivals, Thanksgiving and team building this fall

We’ve gathered our best ideas to rock your fall festival, boost morale and engage your church in thanksgiving. Check out easy – and cheap – tips for a cool fall season. Read More

Church Vitality

4 big ideas from successful startups to revitalize church

Some startups produce innovative products at a pace that rivals companies 10 times their size! How can churches learn from these successful startups? Read More

Communications Resource

How to develop an excellent church communication plan

Download templates, worksheets and daily planners to clarify your goals and maximize outreach! Read More

Embrace Love

The United Methodist Church is advertising nationally to encourage a unified stand against racism, challenging people to learn how we all can be a force for good. This ad appeared in the New York Times and USA Today after the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va. on August 12, 2017.

Racial Justice: Embracing love and equality

As we continue to grapple with events in Charlottesville, these resources will help you offer words of comfort, share the denomination’s stance, and empower members to address racial justice in their communities. Read More

Training

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Register for online training for church leaders

Explore what makes a vital congregation, how to start a welcoming ministry or how to communicate faith with 21st-century tools.
Course dates: Oct. 4 – Nov. 15.
Register Sept. 4 through Oct. 1. View

Group Activities

7 creative icebreakers for all ages and church groups

One goal for small groups (especially those meeting for the first couple of times), is to get people talking and help them get to know each other better. Consider these creative icebreakers. They work with groups of all ages. Read More

Outreach Resource

5 great outreach ideas for families

Be the church that helps families form priceless memories that will last long after a free night of babysitting. These ideas are a great place to start. Read More

Technology

14 apps easily turn boring images into works of art

We can’t all be brilliant photographers, so here are several hacks to elevate the mundane to masterpiece. Read More

Ministry Resource

How to attract millennials to your church

Learn what millennials like and what turns them off. Seek out personal relationships with them, and help them see the relevance of the church for the world and for their own lives. Read More

Market your church

Using video to promote your church. Image by PublcDomainPictures, Pixabay.com. Inset worship image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

5 out-of-the-box ways to use video to promote your church

Unleash your video creativity to increase the effectiveness of your church promotion. Read More

Social Media Resource

Use Facebook Live to stream your church events

Facebook Live makes streaming your worship services incredibly easy. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

Teaching Resource

5 reasons you need the new United Methodist Handbook

The new United Methodist Handbook is packed with denominational details, beliefs, history and maps. Find out how you can use this valuable, free resource with your congregation. Read More

Social Media

Image of Sistine Chapel scene for social media. Edited from original, United Methodist Communications.

Awesome social media opportunities for churches

Use social media to let your congregation's voice shine and reach your community. These tips and tools will help you engage more effectively. Read More

Technology Resource

Computer hacks: 7 amazing methods for United Methodists

Free tools and simple tasks save hours of mindless typing and boring computer chores! Read More