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Image of Christ with crown of thorns. Image by Stephen Burton,

7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter

Easter is quickly approaching. If you've been racking your brain for ideas, these tips for engaging your congregation in creative ways require minimal effort and cost. Read More

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Holy Week 2018 worship planning series

This series includes complete liturgies for the worship services from Palm Sunday through Easter sunrise, as well as lectionary readings for family or private prayer. Read More

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Sunrise at Belin United Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, SC. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Lent and Easter: Sharing the message of God’s love

This collection of seasonal resources offers creative ideas for worship and for reaching out to your community to proclaim this season's message of love, hope and transformation. Read More

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Lent social media graphics (Yr. B)

Use these free social media graphics on Facebook and other social media outlets for your Lenten journey. Download


Having a meaningful message about your church is a vital part of ensuring that outreach tools are effective. Photo by Ben White,

Easter invitation and outreach, step-by-step

Empower your congregation to be invitational with the help of Easter outreach tools, elevator speeches and creative ideas for community connections. Read More

Stewardship Resource

Psychology of giving: Change the way you ask to get more

If you want to help your congregation give more, check out these tips and tricks based on fundraising psychology. Read More

MInistry Resources

Embrace love in the midst of fear and tragedy. Image by Gisela Fotografie,

Embracing Love: Responding to Violence

The tragic news of another school shooting in Florida compels us to ask again how the church can be voice and witness against violence. Read More

Church Marketing

How a small church can build a big marketing plan

Learn how small churches with limited resources can dream big and achieve their goals for local visibility. Read More

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Outreach Resources for Easter

Start planning your Easter outreach using our customizable resources, which include postcards, door hangers, poster, worship bulletin, and outdoor banners and yard signs. Read More


Church members gather for a musical program by the Mark Beachy Family Singers following a potluck supper at Leipsic (Ohio) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Keeping your church safe from violence

Church leaders find themselves grappling not only with the pastoral and theological questions of members, but also practical concerns about how to keep their flock safe. Read More

Communications Resource

How to better communicate with your congregation

These ideas will help you make sure that all your messages — from the Sunday sermon to event announcements — are being clearly and consistently communicated to everyone in your congregation. Read More

Involving Volunteers

How can virtual volunteers help your church?

Even when they can’t be physically present, there are people who would love to lend a hand in cyber service. Make a plan and start recruiting virtual volunteers today. Read More


The Woodlands United Methodist Church, near Houston, Texas, has a dedicated team of volunteers to support the disability ministry, including Carol Baker.

Celebrating diversity: Welcoming all abilities

“When I read the Gospels and think about Jesus’ ministry, I notice that he never passed by anyone with a disability," said Sharon McCart, chair of the DisAbilities Ministries Committee. Read More


Encourage people to consider prayerfully how God is calling them to participate in the ministry and by financially contributing to your church’s mission. Photo by Ben White,

How to talk to your congregation about giving

As a church leader, you may be in the uncomfortable position of asking your congregation to give generously. Use these tips to help craft a positive invitation. Read More

Social Media Resource

How to respond to trolls, haters, and honest feedback on Facebook

It is not a matter of if, but when, you will have to deal with negative content on your church’s Facebook page. Learn how to handle these touchy situations. Read More

Creative Arts

Bring the beauty of the arts to your church

While the church often incorporates the musical arts into worship, there are a variety of other artists who can use their talents to glorify God. Read More

Prayer Resource

Innovative ways to encourage people to pray

The practice of prayer may be ancient but the application doesn't have to be. How can churches encourage and enhance the experience of prayer? Read More

Worship Tips

Worshippers at Easter fill Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, where attendance has been on a steady rise. Photo by Joseph McBrayer.

Tips for including church members in your service

Help the members of your congregation find a deeper connection within the church by engaging them in the planning and execution of worship services. Read More

Worship Resource

5 lessons from a hilarious spoof on contemporary worship

"Sunday's Coming" is a "movie trailer" made by a large church poking fun at their own worship. It's obviously a spoof, but also contains some powerful lessons. Read More