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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

Build a better women’s ministry with technology

Despite their stressful schedules, women need ways to become more spiritually engaged. Here are a few tips to help your busy ladies find downtime, fun and fellowship. Read More

Marketing your church to moms: how to do it better

Marketing your church to moms goes way beyond honoring them on Mother’s Day. Here’s how you can do it better. Read More

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

How to find a mentor and be a mentor

Even experienced church leaders can profit from the reinforcement of a good mentor. There are many advantages to this partnership, both to the mentor and the protégé. Read More

What churches can learn from the Olympics

The Olympics never fail to unite and inspire, but do so in the face of challenges familiar to the church marketer. What can the church learn about motivating such engagement? Read More

How to plan a winning Super Bowl party!

What about the legal issues? Can you accept donations? Relax. It's much easier than you think. Here are several ideas to help your church host an awesome party! Read More

How can virtual volunteers help your church?

Even when they can’t be physically present, there are people who would love to lend a hand in cyber service. Make a plan and start recruiting virtual volunteers today. Read More

How to help your congregation cope with grief

While each situation is different, there are a variety of ways your church can offer spiritual comfort and support during difficult times. Read More

How to attract millennials to your church

Learn what millennials like and what turns them off. Seek out personal relationships with them, and help them see the relevance of the church for the world and for their... Read More

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

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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

Weathering the storm: Solutions to 4 major pastor problems

As the “go-to” person for calming the storm, where do you turn when you find yourself in the middle of one? Let God guide the way with these tips. Read More

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Separating fact from fiction: A guide to critical thinking

How can we limit the impact of viral falsehoods in the Information Age? How can we guard against being manipulated? What would Jesus share? 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

How to compensate guest speakers or musicians on a church budget

How you welcome guests says a lot about your church. Don’t let money, or the lack thereof, interfere. Make sure your church gives guests the honor that they deserve. 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

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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

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

Sojourner Truth became a Methodist in 1843 and, on June 1 of that year, heard a clear call from God to become a traveling preacher speaking out against slavery. The Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Mass. Photo by Lynn Graves, Massachusetts Office of Tourism.

6 Methodist historical figures to help illustrate your next lesson

Learn how these figures, like Sojourner Truth, were deeply nurtured by their faith and, in turn, had an enormous influence on the history of the Methodist church. 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 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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

How to build relationships with skeptics

What if we led churches that build bridges to those from whom we are disconnected? Learn about ways to engage and connect with those who don’t share our beliefs. 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

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

How to recruit volunteers: When begging doesn’t work

By using some innovative and creative means of promoting the need for volunteers, you can let people know about service opportunities without turning them off. Read More

Are online relationships healthy for teens?

As our young ones start exploring online relationships, it's critical that churches learn how beneficial digital fellowship is, how to provide protection and how to audit their communications. Read More

5 great outreach ideas for families

Be the church that helps families form priceless memories that will last long after a free night of babysitting. These ideas are a great place to start. 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

Questioning charity: Redefining the role of the church

Some congregations are considering whether it is time to redefine the church's role in charity. What if there's another way? Read More

7 creative icebreakers for all ages and church groups

One goal for small groups (especially those meeting for the first couple of times), is to get people talking and help them get to know each other better. Consider these... Read More

5 ways to connect with college students during the summer

The key to connecting with college students is meeting them where they are in their life and helping them connect their life with their faith in God. Read More

Take an annual church health checkup

Like going to the doctor, the annual church health checkup can help prevent major problems and diagnose necessary changes to maintain a healthy church. Read More

5 tips for retaining ministry volunteers

This is the final video in a three-part series about growing volunteer ministries. We thank The Chapel in Brunswick, Georgia for sharing their five tips for keeping volunteers happy and... Read More

5 ways to recruit volunteers

This is the second video in a three-part series about growing volunteer ministries. We thank The Chapel in Brunswick, Georgia for sharing their tips. Read More

Tips to help pastors and families on the move

Here are some great suggestions for pastors and their families making a move to a new church and community along with some advice for congregations greeting new pastors and their... Read More

Pastoral care tips: Avoid overlooking people in need

Inevitably, some people in need will slip through the cracks. However, a healthy communication system can help church leaders minimize gaps in pastoral care. Read More