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Outreach Resource

Outreach Resources for Back to School

As a new school year begins, families will be searching for community connections as they settle into a routine. Reach out to your neighbors with these outreach tools. Read More

Social Media Resource

Q&A: Social media for churches, Prt. 2 (July 26, Noon CT)

This live learning session is a continuation of the Q&A held earlier this year, and provides an opportunity to answer your remaining questions about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. View

General Conference

Way Forward Commission offers video resources for 2019 General Conference

These videos discuss how the Commission built relationship and community, how it developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace, and how the plans in its report were developed. Read More

Preaching Resource

According to Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, preachers need to address the pain, injustice, confusion, and chaos in the world. She offers guidance on approaching controversial issues in meaningful and responsible ways. Image courtesy of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

4 tips for preaching on politically-charged topics

According to Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, preachers need to address the pain, injustice, confusion, and chaos in the world. This guidance will help you approach controversial issues in meaningful and responsible ways. Read More

VBS Resource

8 last-minute ideas to promote VBS

How can churches compete against all the choices for summer entertainment? Check out these last-minute ways to promote and garner interest in your VBS. Read More

Ministry Resource

Getting everyone to agree on a strategic plan can be like herding cats. Image by Sebastian Ganso, Pixabay.com.

Strategic planning or herding cats?

Getting leadership and staff to agree on strategy can feel like herding cats. These tips will help you reach consensus and put structures in place so the plan gets implemented. Read More

Summer Ministry Ideas

Keep your congregation connected during the summer

Take advantage of technology, Find-A-Church and giving opportunities to help maintain church ties when people can't physically attend services or small groups. Read More

Communications Resource

Getting the entire congregation involved in church communication efforts

Just like symphonies are made up of people who play different roles, churches need to divide the task of communicating internally and externally among volunteers. Read More

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

Leadership Resource

These eight traps can derail a pastor in the crucial first 90 days in a new role. This work,

Eight ministry traps that can derail a ministry in the first 90 days

The first 90 days of a new appointment are crucial. Avoiding these pitfalls will help you start off on the right foot. Read More

Leadership Resource

A guide to pastoral transitions: The first 30 days

When pastors receive a new appointment, they have 90 days to prove themselves, gain credibility and start to establish positive momentum. Find great ideas for making a great start. Read More

Social Media Resource

Improve your Instagram ministry with one simple change

Instagram can be an effective tool for ministry, but standard profiles lack some of the features and information needed to take a strategic approach. Consider... Read More

Social Media

The Facebook strategy you need to quit today

In early 2018, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed and how content is distributed. Here's what churches need to know. Read More

Pastoral Care

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry for United Methodist Communications.

Breaking the taboo: How the church can help people with mental illness

Mental illness is better understood today, but some of the abuse from the past has been replaced with silence in the present. The church can help us move beyond the taboo. 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

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

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, Lightstock.com.

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

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

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