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Youth and Children's Resources

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7 summer party games! Perfect for the fun at heart

If you’re fun at heart or have anything to do with youth or children’s ministry, it’s time to stock up on summer games. Read More

History Resource

Write and share your church’s history of living in faith

Your church's history lets your congregation and community connect by reading stories of faith meeting the needs of the members, the local community and the world. Read More

Fundraising Resource

July 4th fireworks at The National Mall, Washington, D.C., during a 2008 celebration. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Beyond the Bake Sale: Cool fundraising ideas for everyone

A Fourth of July fundraiser?! Why not? From holiday concerts to consignment sales to babysitting, these ideas put the fun in fundraising. Try some new variations on a familiar theme. Read More

Training Resources

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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. Session runs from Apr. 19 – May 31. Register now through Apr. 16. Read More

Outreach Resource

New ads feature children’s questions

In the new series of Rethink Church videos, children have honest conversations with God. View

History Resource

Jim Maag points out an item on a church history wall he helped create at First United Methodist Church of Topeka. Maag is on the archive team. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Pro Tips for Preserving Local Church History

Archivists share best practices and cost-saving measures to help local churches preserve the past and share their stories. View

Website Resource

5 steps to spring clean your church website

Inevitably, people will search church websites and come across dead pages, bad links and outdated information. Don't let a bad online experience keep people from visiting your church in person. 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

Teaching Resource

50 ideas for opening lines in church lessons

Having an interesting and imaginative first line can help pique interest and get your listeners to pay attention. Read More

Spiritual Formation

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Community nurtures relationships with God, other people

Whether it happens during a worship service, a small group meeting or a work project, spiritual growth can occur as we share time and space with others. 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

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