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Communication Resource

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When the topic is tough, we need to talk — and listen

Difficult conversations provide opportunities to work toward deeper understanding and to model “ways to remain in communion with each other even when you disagree,” says the Rev. Gary Southern. Read More

Social Media

7 deadly sins of church social media

Lots of places tell you what to do on social media, but what about things to avoid? These are seven reliable ways to undermine the time and effort you're putting in online. Read More

Church Marketing

Learn how to effectively communicate about your VBS to the community. Image © CreationSwap / Rick Aguilar.

Rethink VBS: Turbo-charge your plans and invitations (Part 1)

You no longer can simply post VBS information on the church sign and expect people to come. Use all the tools you have available to connect people to your church. Read More

Preaching Resource

4 creative summer sermon/lesson ideas

Summer is a great time to try something different and fun with sermons and lessons. Here are several ideas to keep things fresh this summer. Read More

Ministry Resource

After worship services in the Bethany memory care unit, retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder goes around the room, greeting each resident by name. Carder is serving as interim chaplain at Bethany, part of the Heritage at Lowman senior community near Columbia, S.C. Photo by Matt Brodie.

Alzheimer’s and dementia: Ministering with the forgotten

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Learn about how your congregation can care for the growing number of persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Read More

Outreach Resource

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Grow your congregation through special focus Sundays

Reach more members and visitors by identifying Sundays to emphasize a particular group or event, such as a Father's Day observance, a Blessing of the... Read More

Intergenerational Ministries

Aiden Taylor (right) provides Judy Johnson with tips on using her mobile phone. Photo by Christina Kincaid, Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.

Older adults are techier than you think

The number of older adults is growing rapidly, and they are increasingly embracing technology. Both of these factors affect how the church uses technology to communicate with older members. Read More

Outreach Resource

Grace Kids UMC: Changing the world by starting where you are

At Grace Kids United Methodist Church in Kentucky, Pastor Corey Nelson has learned that changing the world often means starting right where you are. Read More

Communication Resource

Why you need to understand how your congregation learns

Each person has a unique learning style. Adapt your method of delivery to better teach a congregation full of people who learn differently. Read More

Family Devotions

Reading the Bible should be a regular occurrence in the home. Image by Brimstone Creative,

Faith formation begins at home

Looking for God in everyday life is key to growing your faith during ordinary home life. Learn some simple ways families can begin a devotional practice. Read More

Faith Formation

Ways for families to encourage faith formation during summer vacation

Does it feel like everyone in your congregation takes a break from Sunday school in the summer? These ideas will help families nurture and support their children's faith during vacation season. Read More

Summer Ministry Ideas

Summer sun shines through grass. Photo by Mario Trunz,

Plan for Summer

Vacation Bible School, service projects and retreats may be a child or young person's introduction to church. We compiled our best ideas for having fun and nurturing relationships this summer. Read More

Church Marketing

Marketing your church to moms: how to do it better

Marketing your church to moms goes way beyond honoring them on Mother’s Day. Here’s how you can do it better. Read More

Social Media Resource

Which social media platform is the best for getting your message out? Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

The best tips from our professional advertising team on leveraging social media for your paid advertising.

Social media is a crucial platform for getting your message out. But how do you choose which service to use? Get some tips from a... Read More

Women's Ministry

Build a better women’s ministry with technology

Despite their stressful schedules, women need ways to become more spiritually engaged. Here are a few tips to help your busy ladies find downtime, fun and fellowship. Read More

Social Media Resource

How to use location as a social media secret weapon

Facebook and Instagram have introduced new features and updated existing ones that highlight location. Utilizing these features offers the opportunity to be seen by more people in your community. Read More

Social Media

How to make church memes and why they matter

Lighten up and ride the wave of viral memes as a part of your marketing strategy. Learn how to promote events, recruit volunteers and share scriptures with style! Read More

Marketing Resource

Church marketing on a shoestring budget

These top recommendations will help you get the most out of your marketing dollars. Read More

Social Media

It is time to resurrect Facebook Groups

Conventional wisdom has been to focus on Facebook Pages rather than Groups. Thanks to a renewed focus from Facebook, groups are back and can help online communities connect more deeply. 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


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

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