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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

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

When Christmas comes on Sunday…

Planning Christmas Day worship can be tricky since many families have traditions that do not include going to church. Here are some ideas about how to make this service special. Read More

Woman taking letters out of a mailbox. Image by Andrey Popov, iStockphoto.com.

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

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? Is it possible even to make fundraising fun and meaningful? Find out. 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