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Honor moms on Mother’s Day without hurting others

For those who are experiencing pain, this day of celebration can make things worse. How can we honor mothers while also being sensitive to these feelings? Read More

50 ideas for opening lines in church lessons

For those who are experiencing pain, this day of celebration can make things worse. So, how can we honor mothers while respecting the feelings of others? Read More

6 powerful search engines help you find the best results

Ever hit a dead end with Google results? Google is geared for the masses, which is why you should know about these alternatives. Read More

How much should your church spend on marketing?

Be intentional about putting your church marketing budget to work in the best way possible to do the important work of evangelism. Read More

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

Simple holy week and Easter ideas that inspire

Holy Week and Easter suggest a variety of possibilities to inspire worshipers to understand the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Read More

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7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter

Easter is quickly approaching. If you've been racking your brain for ideas (or just procrastinating), we have you covered. Read More

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

7 great ways to share God’s love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is most often considered a day to celebrate romantic love. But it can also be a perfect occasion to share the love of Christ with your church and... Read More

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... Read More

10 interesting facts about Francis Asbury to use in your next lesson

Asbury devoted his life to ministry, spreading Methodism across the American frontier. Mark the anniversary of his death on Mar. 31 by learning more about this tireless evangelist. Read More

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

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5 interesting sermon topics to reach people in the new year

Many people resolve to pay more attention to their spiritual life, and worship attendance spikes. Maximize the impact of your service with these great sermon ideas. Read More

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How to rethink your church’s direct mail strategy

Physical mail is not out for the count. Revisit your mail strategy and think about when and why you might send paper to people via their local mail carrier. Read More

4 awesome ideas to boost stewardship campaigns

Stewardship campaigns are as important as they are predictable. Adding one or all these simple technology solutions may help you bring a fresh perspective to the long-standing tradition. Read More

The power of a story: crowdfunding success guide

Through attractive pages, an easy process and an efficient plan, churches can use crowdfunding to raise designated funds by garnering many (often smaller) online donations. Read More

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How to thank your amazing givers

Small expressions of appreciation help donors feel loved and involved with ministry. Increase the desire for donors to give with these five creative ways to say "Thank you!" Read More

How to use your church’s history for good

Church leaders must think like historians. That means basing decisions on facts and having an open mind, even about long-held assumptions. Read More

5 incredible illustrations from biblical archaeology

Stories in the Bible can sometimes be difficult to visualize. These biblical archaeology illustrations bring the Bible to life by showing how God was at work in the lives of... 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