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4 ways to use Facebook Live at church beyond the worship service

Extend your livestream ministry and connect with a growing online congregation. Read More

The United Methodist Church offers a variety of branding and advertising resources. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Making the most of your advertising dollars

Even with limited funds, you can learn how to effectively share the good word about your church. Employ these strategies from successful advertising campaigns. Read More

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Awesome social media opportunities for churches

Use social media to glorify God, let your congregation's voice shine and reach your community. All you need is a little time and understanding to take advantage of these great... Read More

How to boost your blog’s social shares, traffic and SEO value

What’s the point in writing, if no one ever reads your stuff? Is your blog bearing fruit? Take these simple steps to increase readership and get Google to put... Read More

10 best practices for hashtags

Hashtags are so popular, they've transcended social media and made their way into casual conversation. But what exactly is a hashtag and how do we use them? Read More

Free tools to help manage small groups

One of the most important aspects of church life is a vibrant small-group and Sunday school ministry. Find free tools to help church leaders increase their effectiveness in facilitating these... Read More

How to reach newcomers to your area with Facebook ads

71 percent of online adults use Facebook. Learn how to get your church’s message in front of them. You can target people based on location, likes, life circumstances, age and... Read More

9 awesome tools for managing virtual teams

As much as possible, we focused on free options that integrate well with other programs. There are hundreds of similar apps, but we've chiseled it down to help you start... Read More

How much time should be spent on social media?

The amount of time that any congregation spends using social media to promote its ministries will depend much on the size of the congregation and staff. Learn how to engage... Read More

How the top social media sites use hashtags

Hashtags lead people to your church's social media posts. Learn how each site uses them to get the most benefit. Read More

How to use Twitter as a media relations tool

Get those creative juices flowing and follow these easy tips to pitch your stories to journalists through Twitter. Read More

Using Google Hangouts to broadcast your worship service online

Illness, travel, weather should no longer be cause for missing worship. Google Hangouts video streaming is easy and your church likely has the needed equipment. Read More

6 questions every church social media policy should answer

You’ve probably already implemented a safe sanctuaries policy. Consider developing a complementary social media policy to ensure your church's online environment is safe. Read More

Fun Advent ideas from UMC Pinterest boards

Advent offers fun opportunities to engage with your online community. Read More

5 creative ways to use Instagram to promote church events

With 200 million active users each month, Instagram has quickly become a must-use social media platform. Here are five of our favorite tips for using Instagram to promote your ministry. Read More

Should your church be LinkedIn?

You've probably received an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, but does your church need to be there? Do you really need yet another social media platform? Here's what you need... Read More

Is your Facebook page reaching fewer people?

Does your church have a Facebook page? If so, you might notice a decrease in reach due to some recent changes to the site’s EdgeRank algorithm. Learn what happened... Read More

Google+ Basics and Benefits For Churches

Google+, Google’s social network, is growing by about 12 million active users per month. If your congregation isn’t already logging onto this expanding site, here are some reasons you... Read More

Drop the bullhorn and engage your community in conversation

Instead of bombarding your social media followers with marketing messages, follow Christ’s example of engaging others in conversation and fostering relationships. Read More

3 simple rules of social media

The rules from Wesley, the founder of Methodism, are simple: "Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God." Check out the ways to follow these simple rules when... Read More