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Seasonal Resource

Honor moms on Mother’s Day without hurting others

For those who are experiencing pain, this day of celebration can make things worse. How can we honor mothers while also being sensitive to these feelings? Read More

Spiritual Formation

A waterfall invites meditation by visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Photo by Kay Panovec.

Being shaped in the Creator’s creation

Eco-theologian Beth Norcross' reading of Scripture tells her that the natural world was humanity's first way of encountering God. Read More

Seasonal Resource

“The Road to Emmaus,” an 1877  painting by Robert Zund.  The Gospel of Luke account remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to spiritual retreats. Public Domain

Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus?

Luke’s account of the risen Christ’s journey remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to United Methodist-supported retreats. Here is why it resonates. Read More

Ministry Resource

5 out-of-the-box ideas for men’s ministry

Whether it's painting or un-conferencing, creativity in planning men's ministry is a must. Start thinking outside the box to help the men in your community engage with your church. Read More

Social Media Resource

6 simple tips to get more likes on your church’s Facebook page

Your church’s Facebook page is like the church sign: it needs some attention to make sure people see it. These tips will help you extend your reach into your community. Read More

Pastoral Care

Weathering the storm: Solutions to 4 major pastor problems

As the “go-to” person for calming the storm, where do you turn when you find yourself in the middle of one? Let God guide the way with these tips. Read More

Marketing Resource

Church marketing myths

There are a lot of common misconceptions people have about using the internet for marketing and communications. Learn how to avoid some of these significant church marketing pitfalls. Listen

Communications Resource

Critical thinking. Photo illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Separating fact from fiction: A guide to critical thinking

How can we limit the impact of viral falsehoods in the Information Age? How can we guard against being manipulated? What would Jesus share? Read More

Preaching Resource

The Rev. Amanda Garber, pastor of RISE, a United Methodist Community in Harrisonburg, Va. Photo courtesy of Amanda Garber.

Lead ‘em laughing: Using humor in preaching

More than just jokes, it’s about using humor to communicate biblical truth. Read More

Welcoming Resource

7 practical elements of welcoming

The ministry of welcoming is the responsibility of the entire church family, not of a committee or a few volunteers. Remember these seven elements. Read More