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5 interesting sermon topics to reach people in the new year

As people make resolutions for the new year, many decide to pay more attention to their spiritual life. Consequently, churches see an attendance spike at the beginning of each year.... 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

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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

How to write your way to a better Bible study

Combine note-taking and journaling to enhance your Bible study, prayer time and sermon preparation. Read More

Capture attention with creative church announcements

Don't let church announcements take away from the most important aspects of worship. Here are four ways to creatively communicate and keep people focused on what's important. Read More

Make your ministry announcements better: Tips that boost action

Move beyond simply announcing the who, when and where. Preaching announcements can show people how they can put their faith to work. Read More

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Hospitality starts at the curb

United Methodist churches across the connection are deploying outdoor ministry teams to greet people as soon as they enter the parking lot. Read More

Technology and creativity — a recipe for Thanksgiving

If you are trying to figure out how your church can celebrate Thanksgiving, the Web offers a variety of ideas to help make the preparations easier. Read More

6 Methodist historical figures to help illustrate your next lesson

The United Methodist Church is filled with deeply spiritual people like John Wesley. Here are the stories of six other Methodists that you can use in your next lesson. Read More

When you need more: Church fundraising basics

What types of fundraisers should churches conduct, and how can you get your members on board? Is it possible even to make fundraising fun and meaningful? Find out. Read More

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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... Read More

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How to save money with technology

Pinching pennies is never fun, but cutting costs can be good stewardship. Here are several ideas on how to save money using technology. It’s not as hard as you... Read More

5 stages every high performing team must experience

Successful teams consistently follow a predictable path of forming, storming, norming and performing. Achieve greatness while leading your church's various groups. Read More

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How to care for the children in your congregation

Just because children are small doesn't mean they are less important. Give children the best environment and spiritual education that you can provide. Read More

Turn strangers into members and promoters of your church

People don't want their lives interrupted by constant marketing -- they want to be helped. Align goals with their needs and people will help promote your cause. Read More

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5 ways Jesus taught how to teach others

Jesus modeled five clear ways to develop the people he led. Follow in his steps and your church will grow. Read More

How to avoid ministry burnout: Take care of yourself!

Ministry burnout may contribute to obesity, hypertension, depression, even shortened life expectancy. Learn the key steps to staying healthy. Read More

Annual health check-up for the church

Even churches need annual checkups to make sure that all is well. Take time to seriously consider the following symptoms and what treatment may be needed. Read More

How to get people in pews by creating excellent content

The world of social media is full of people clicking, reading and promoting things for free, but how do you get them to do that for your program, event or... Read More

3 ways to encourage gratitude in the church

Did you know that being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones? It's true. Here's a few ways to express thankfulness in your life and ministry. Read More

5 over-the-top ideas for your back-to-school kickoff

For teens, there may be no bigger seasonal transition than starting back to school. This is the perfect time for a fun outreach event. Read More

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Is your church missing out on the latest bright, shiny thing?

It's good to be an early adopter! Just be practical and strategic. Do your research. Technology, while great, will not fix bad church strategy. Read More

How to have a vacation when you can’t leave town

Ministry burnout is a very real danger and vacations a very real necessity. But how can you “get away” when getting away seems impossible? Read More

Leading your community when disaster strikes

Our churches and districts must be prepared to respond to tragedy -- whether natural disaster or acts of violence. Here are five ways to prepare for events we pray never... Read More

Embrace technology to make meaningful family connections

You've heard it before. Technology is destroying our families. But research suggests otherwise. Here are a few ways to use technology to bring families closer. Read More

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How to love your church by letting go

How can you love your church more? Quit. Don't worry. You read that right. Here are a few of the things you should let go of when loving your church. Read More

7 summer party games! Perfect for the fun at heart

If you’re fun at heart or have anything to do with youth or children’s ministry, it’s time to stock up on summer games. Read More

How to do video announcements: 5 questions to ask

Video announcements may seem daunting, but creating them is a great introduction to basic video editing and could really breathe new life into all areas of your ministry. Read More

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7 Out-of-the-box college outreach ideas

You don't need high-powered contemporary worship. Offering free laundry and midnight breakfasts are just two ideas to connect with college students. Come think outside the box with us! Read More

Top 10 church faux pas that turn off millennials

Don’t hate on social media; do be deeply spiritual. These are just two tips for ministering with millennials. Many of the faux pas are turnoffs no matter your generation. Read More

One is too many: How to help people who are homeless

On a single night in January 2014, at least 500,000 people in the US were homeless. How can the church help? Read More

6 solid ways to finish projects strong

When we fail to accomplish our goals, the pressure inside us mounts. We tighten up and may become almost paralyzed. Learn what derails progress and be a better finisher. Read More

How to build relationships with skeptics

Atheists are one group Christians have historically kept at a distance, but shouldn’t we try harder to connect, even learn from these neighbors of ours? Read More

Encourage guests to return with great follow-ups

When you follow-up with guests, they are more likely to visit again. Here are a few great ways to increase the odds. Read More

Innovative ways to encourage people to pray

The practice of prayer may be ancient but the application doesn't have to be. How can churches encourage and enhance the experience of prayer? Read More

Perfect Pitch

How to make your pitch perfect: Expert advice from reporters

To understand what it takes to score headlines, walk a mile in a reporter’s shoes. Four award-winning journalists share tips to help make your pitch perfect. 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 do church farmers market outreach

Over the last ten years, farmers markets have more than doubled across the country. Churches have a great opportunity to minister to both farmers and shoppers. Learn how. Read More

10 creative ways to explore a Bible passage

Let's be honest. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand. Break out of the box with these creative ways to unlock meaning and better communicate the message of each passage. 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

How to calm difficult people in small groups

What do you do when people are constantly disrupting your group or meeting? Learn how to calm the waters and keep your group focused. Read More

3 simple ways to show love this Valentine’s Day

We hope these love-filled ideas from around the church will help you claim this holiday of love and fill it with the presence of the Spirit. Read More

Leading a church is like going to the moon

People thought President Kennedy was crazy when he shot for the moon. Leaders dream big. So what's your church's moonshot? Read More

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... Read More

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Churches can help simplify at Christmas

The seasons of Advent and Christmas can be stressful for busy families. Find easy ways churches can help members focus on the season’s meaning—and share holiday joy. Read More