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Family, friends, and visitors honor the fallen in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 29, 2017. U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser,  Arlington National Cemetery.

Ideas for observing Memorial Day

Churches in the U.S. find a wide variety of ways to honor fallen veterans. "Remember, that was a person who had ... dreams and desires." 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

Which social media platform is the best for getting your message out? Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

The best tips from our professional advertising team on leveraging social media for your paid advertising.

Social media is a crucial platform for getting your message out. But how do you choose which service to use? Get some tips from a professional marketer. Read More

How to write right to attract readers

Twenty-six letters. From these emerge written or spoken masterpieces (or “mehs”) — not to mention job security for Vanna White. Unfortunately, the following clichés, made-up words and grammar offenses also... Read More

How to incorporate holidays in church communication

Holidays offer both the opportunity to engage and the potential for missteps. These tips will help you navigate the collision between holidays and holy days. Read More

How to use location as a social media secret weapon

Facebook and Instagram have introduced new features and updated existing ones that highlight location. Utilizing these features offers the opportunity to be seen by more people in your community. Read More

Marketing magnets that bring new people to you!

All churches want to connect and engage with people in their community. Lead magnets, a tool common in business but uncommon in the church world, provide a way to begin... Read More

Having a meaningful message about your church is a vital part of ensuring that outreach tools are effective. Photo by Ben White, ChristianPics.co.

Easter invitation and outreach, step-by-step

Empower your congregation to be invitational with the help of Easter outreach tools, elevator speeches and creative ideas for community connections. Read More

Essential podcasts for United Methodist Leaders

Podcasts give us levity and wisdom while we're waiting around. Here's 12 United Methodist podcasts covering the gamut of communications, technology, leadership, lectionary, young people's ministry and more! 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

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

Using video to promote your church. Image by PublcDomainPictures, Pixabay.com. Inset worship image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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

An outstretched child's hand holding a flower on top of a mother's hand. Image by Blanka Šejdová, Pixabay.com.

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

Image of Christ with crown of thorns. Image by Stephen Burton, CreationSwap.com.

7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter

Easter is quickly approaching. If you've been racking your brain for ideas, these tips for engaging your congregation in creative ways require minimal effort and cost. 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

Fall pumpkins, squash and gourds. Image by Alexas Fotos, Pixabay.com.

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

Photo by Marian Trinidad, courtesy of CreationSwap.

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