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3 New Year’s resolutions for church communicators

Online communication is constantly changing. If we don't adapt, we will be ignored or forgotten. Adopting these three resolutions will help you keep up with the techniques and approaches that... Read More

How to set church goals for the new year

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for individuals; goals are important for the church as well. Check out these tips for creating church goals this year. 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 do short-term missions the right way

Short-term mission journeys can be amazing experiences for volunteer teams and the communities they serve. But, if they aren’t done well, they can do more harm than good. Read More

Bring the beauty of the arts to your church

While the church often incorporates the musical arts into worship, there are a variety of other artists who can use their talents to glorify God. Read More

How to climb out of the creativity rut

Are you in a sermon slump? Are your ministries monotonous? Are you lacking inspiration, imagination and ingenuity? Check out these ideas to inspire creativity. Read More

One bite at a time: Event planning made easy

Make your event planning more manageable by breaking it into smaller pieces. Check out these great resources to plan your next big event. Read More

How the church can celebrate Christmas with simplicity

Celebrating with simplicity doesn’t have to mean pruning everything you love. Learn what to cut so you can still go big minus the burnout. Read More

Hoover Dam: A church lesson on problem solving

Every challenge encountered in the construction of this engineering marvel was met with innovative solutions. Lessons from its history can help you navigate and solve challenges in your own church. Read More

Learn the 3 dimensions of excellent content

Understanding all three of these dimensions will move your content from flat to fully formed content that will help drive engagement and get people in pews. Read More

How to foster spiritual disciplines in the church

Help your congregants become closer to Christ by making spiritual disciplines a reality in the congregation’s life and in individual lives. Read More

How to write a terrific sermon title and why it matters

If your sermon is like a sandwich, then the title is the bread — not the condiments. Here’s how you can create a terrific title. Read More

How to develop an excellent church communication plan

Download templates, worksheets and daily planners to clarify your goals and maximize outreach! Read More

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5 out-of-the-box ways to use video to promote your church

Unleash your video creativity to increase the effectiveness of your church promotion. 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

5 creative ways your church can celebrate Independence Day

Use these creative ideas to help your church celebrate the birth of our nation, while also keeping Christ at the center. 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

50 ideas for opening lines in church lessons

Having an interesting and imaginative first line can help pique interest and get your listeners to pay attention. 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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Festivals, Thanksgiving and team building this fall

We’ve gathered our best ideas to rock your fall festival, boost morale and engage your church in thanksgiving. Check out easy – and cheap – tips for a cool fall season. 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

When you need more: Church fundraising basics

What types of fundraisers should churches conduct, and how can you get your members on board? Can fundraising be both fun and meaningful? Here are some ideas and considerations for... Read More

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry for United Methodist Communications.

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

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

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

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

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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

Allegheny students sort through garbage to promote the college’s “One Less Cup” campaign, which encourages reusable takeout containers. Allegheny College is a United Methodist affiliated college in Meadville, Pa. Photo by Bill Owen for Allegheny College. Cropped from original size.

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

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 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

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

Make Epiphany come alive with these 6 ideas

Because Epiphany happens 12 days after Christmas, it often gets lost in post-holiday fatigue. Here are some creative ideas to help this holy day shine. Read More

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UMC branding 101: Templates and guidelines

A church logo is its personal "face" to the world. Use the UMC Branding Toolkit to retain your church's unique identity while benefiting from the UMC's recognition. Read More