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Innovative online practices to engage your members during Lent. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Online engagement ideas for Lent

Lent is a time of reflection. Here are some creative ways churches can engage members and potential visitors during Lent. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simple Holy Week and Easter ideas that inspire

Enhance your worship space and create interactive opportunities to make the season really come alive for your congregation. 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, these tips for engaging your congregation in creative ways require minimal effort and cost. 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

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

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

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

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

An impromptu choir sings together Christmas Eve at worship service held at renovated warehouse in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Rethink Church.

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

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

Awesome ideas to make your church fall festival rock

Planning your fall festival? We're here to help! Last year we introduced the pumpkin trebuchet. This year we have even more ideas to "fly" your fall festival to the next... Read More

8 last-minute ideas to promote VBS

How can churches compete against all the choices for summer entertainment? Check out these last-minute ways to promote and garner interest in your VBS. Read More

A nest with four blue eggs are sheltered in a hanging basket. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

5 out-of-the-box Easter outreach ideas

Churches have an incredible opportunity to connect with their communities during Easter. Find great outreach ideas from across the United Methodist connection. Read More

Best New Year’s resolutions for connecting with your community

Check out these fantastic ways your church can connect with people on their journey to keep the most common New Year's resolutions. Read More

4 great Advent outreach ideas

Most people want to make the season about more than decorating, shopping and parties. Help your congregation and individual members reach out to the community in new ways this Advent. Read More

New ways to celebrate Advent with kids

If you do the same thing year after year, things can become stagnant. Consider these new ideas to celebrate Advent with children. Read More

Fall festivals continue to be one of the popular ways that churches reach out to their communities. Background image by Lisa Fotios, Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

5 ways to take your church’s fall festival to the next level

One of the most-anticipated yearly events for many churches is the fall festival. If you’re looking for new church activities to do this fall, then consider these great ideas. Read More

Image of the Dining Hall at Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. Photo by Jonathan B. Auerbach.

Summer retreat ideas inspired by historic United Methodist camps

Research and find a camp, Christian retreat center or Chautauqua near you for a summer getaway. Or be inspired by their programming to create your own mini-retreat closer to home. Read More

Christmas pug elf is Santa's little helper. Photo by DaPuglet,, CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Focus Christmas outreach on relationships, not gimmicks

When done incorrectly, church marketing feels misplaced at least and manipulative at worst. Is there a better way to connect during Christmas? Read More

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Back-to-school outreach ideas

Back-to-school time offers an incredible opportunity to reach out to your community. Many churches sponsor drives for supplies and clothes. Here are some additional ideas. Read More

Is your Easter “outreach,” out of reach?

Congregations sometimes make grandiose plans to reach as many visitors as possible on Easter. This year, why not try a different approach that's "within reach"? Read More

Recharge your congregation’s batteries this fall

Fall is a perfect time to capitalize on the zip in the air by mobilizing your congregation to reach out to the community beyond your doors. Read More

Dos and Don’ts in an election season

Churches qualify for exemption from federal income tax, and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. However, churches may jeopardize or even lose this status during election season. Read More

In Christ we are are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Image by Michael McFatridge,

New Year’s resolutions to equip new leaders!

Do you want to get your church hopping in the New Year? Check out these six motivating and inspiring ways to get your new leaders off to a positive start. Read More

Christmas ideas: When Christmas falls on Sunday

Here are some of the ideas clergy, worship planners and other leaders shared via Facebook and Twitter when asked, “What are your plans for Christmas Sunday?” Read More

9 tips for starting online small groups

Online Bible studies can bring group members together for instant interaction without the logistical hurdles of travel time, babysitters and work schedules. Read More

Help members experience a peaceful holiday season

Some of your church members are dreading the coming holiday season because they are struggling financially or spiritually. Making a few adjustments to your holiday events can help bring peace... Read More

‘Don’t go to church’ Sunday!

Read on before making a beeline to the breakfast bar at your favorite restaurant. Read More

Attendees of the Sunday worship are greeted at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

10 tips for Christmas and New Year’s planning

Christmas and New Year's may be holidays, but the service planning team doesn't take time off. Read More

Gobble up culture at Thanksgiving

Celebrating the true spirit of Thanksgiving requires recognizing the many cultures in the United States and God's vital role. Read More

Set up a cookie exchange among your congregation and invite the community to participate. Photo by Jill Wellington,

Making your church sparkle at Christmas

Christmas is an ideal time to draw people into your church by hosting Advent activities, reaching out into the community, and making your church more inviting. Read More

Vacations, warm weather and other summertime activities can distract even the most ardent churchgoers. Image by Steve Bidmead, CC0 Public Domain.

Heat up lukewarm summer attendance

Every pastor knows what happens to church attendance in the summer. The nicer the weather, the emptier the pews. Read More

New Day United Methodist Church in Big Lake, Minnesota, promoted Imagine No Malaria at the town’s Spud Fest Parade. Photo courtesy of New Day United Methodist Church.

Fun summer ministry ideas

Here is a smattering of ideas that just might inspire you to experience a little summer fun in your congregation, community and connection! Read More

The Sanctuary Choir leads Easter worship at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. in 2013. Photo by Josh Stanley, courtesy of Belmont United Methodist Church.

Make Easter worshipers year-round worshipers

Easter is a great opportunity to revive the church participation of families who bring children to the celebration. Read More

2016 Easter egg hunt at Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Easter: Beyond bunnies and eggs

The journey to Easter is a time to reflect, repent and reconnect with God. The church's challenge is to guide people in meaningful ways. Read More

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church near Catawissa, Pennsylvania on Election Day 2013. Photo by Paul Weaver, Flickr.

Election day: an opportunity for hospitality

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many voters will go to neighborhood churches to cast their ballots. Congregations can offer hospitality and provide information encouraging voters to return for worship or other ministries. Read More

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Making ‘Low Sunday’ special

After the joy of celebrating Christ's Resurrection, the Sunday after Easter can seem like a letdown. Read More

Worship at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. Photo taken Oct. 23, 2016.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Welcoming tips for Easter and beyond

Here's how to make Easter visitors comfortable and-eventually-involved in your congregation. Read More