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Seasonal Resource

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

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

Seasonal Resource

The imposition of ashes is a sign of repentance and a reminder of our mortality. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Give up the spiritual lint during Lent

Lent is a period of self-reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting and self-denial — a spiritual cleaning of sorts. Consider these ideas to engage your congregation during Lent. Read More

Teaching Resource

Teach the many definitions of love

Most people don't know the different definitions of love or how they can have love in their lives. These ideas will help you explore the topic with children and teens. Read More

Ministry Resource

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Love is in the air: 6 sweet ideas for couples ministry

Whether you have an existing couples ministry, desire to start one or want to host a stand-alone event, this is the perfect season for activities that strengthen the bonds of marriage. Read More

Teaching Ideas

4 fun science experiments to illustrate your next Bible lesson

God has created an incredible world full of fascinating laws and elements. Use these fun demonstrations from science to illustrate spiritual concepts like the Trinity. Read More

Ministry Resource

Different hands hold up the Cross and Flame of The United Methodist Church. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

25 ways to affirm diversity

Find insightful ideas for promoting a culture of acceptance and justice in your church. Read More

Worship Resource

On the road again; taking worship to the streets

Is your church ready to step back into the past and, like the circuit-riding preachers of old, take worship on the road? If so, here are a few ideas to consider. Read More

Stewardship Resource

3 ways to boost giving, increase diversity and glorify God

Most giving campaigns are geared towards a narrow demographic, but research shows us that this could be a major flaw. Learn how to increase diversity and giving for the glory of God. Read More

Ministry Resource

10 steps on breaking bad news to a congregation and community

When you find your church in the middle of a crisis, clear communication can be the best defense against gossip. Here's how your church can get ahead of bad news. Read More

Leader Resource

How to compensate guest speakers or musicians on a church budget

How you welcome guests says a lot about your church. Don’t let money, or the lack thereof, interfere. Make sure your church gives guests the honor that they deserve. Read More

Welcoming

Welcoming handshake. Photo by UliSchu, Pixabay.com.

5 types of church visitors: Are you ready for them?

If we want our congregations to grow, if we believe that's part of God's calling, our identity may change as our membership does. Read More

Multimedia Resource

The Rev. Julie Boone leads worship at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

PowerPoint tools and timing techniques for churches

Follow these tips for incorporating sound and more effectively timing slide transitions to help elevate the flow of your worship service. Read More