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5 freebies to grow ministry

By Natalie Bannon

How often do we get something good that is free? Free as in costs nothing, no strings attached and “on the house?” We’re not talking smoothie samples, mattress trials or refrigerator magnets — we’re talking about 5 freebies that will help you do your ministry with planning and purpose. Get the following FREE and useful “helps” from United Methodist Communications!

1. Professional Photos

Professional photographers from United Methodist News Service have traveled the world to bring you compelling, moving and inspiring photos that you can use to enhance your ministry's newsletter, website, slideshow or other presentation. Just follow these instructions to download:

  • Go to our United Methodist News Service Flickr profile to peruse our albums.
  • Click on a photograph you like to enlarge and view more options.
  • Find the "© All rights reserved" statement. Note that this restriction does not apply if the photographs are being used for United Methodist ministry. The only restriction is that you do not use these images for commercial use and you credit the photographer (bylines are in the description).
  • Click on the "more actions" icon. It looks like an ellipsis or three periods.
  • Click on the "Download / All sizes" link
  • Pick the size you like, click the "Download" button and voila!

Also check out our The United Methodist Media Library where you can also view our entire collection. The photographs, include church news and events, General Conference, images of worship, spirituality, nature, logos, videos, graphics and more. If you are a church pastor or administrator, a conference communicator, or an employee of a United Methodist agency, you may register to access these digital files. Learn more.

2. Demographic Report

You can better fill the needs of your community if you know who is living in close proximity to your church building. To get a free demographic report of your area, send your contact information, church name and street address to Chuck Niedringhaus, Sr. Director of Research and Local Church Outreach at United Methodist Communications.

3. Rethink Church Resources

Invite your neighbors to church with a variety of free customizable Rethink Church postcards, banners and door hangers. Just go to our store at, and do a quick search with the words Rethink Church and free. You can sort from lowest to highest priced items to see the free stuff first!

4. Bulletin Covers

We also have free bulletin covers that are just waiting for you to download in our store. Just search for those at

5. Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Last, but certainly not least, identify your God-given gifts for living faithfully. Go to and take the spiritual gifts assessment. It’s a great way to find out how you can fulfill your purpose, better serve your ministry, at your church and in your day-to-day life.

We hope you’ll share this article with friends who also share a passion for ministry and might find these free items helpful in their work. Please explore our website,, for more free help. And check out more church communications tips at