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United Methodists to Change the World May 19-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2012

United Methodists to Change the World May 19-20

Nashville, Tenn.:New research from United Methodist Communications reveals that churches that provide opportunities to help their communities are viewed much more favorably because of their active, "outside the church" approach.

Change the World is a movement to connect United Methodists by building community locally in service projects and fighting malaria globally with Imagine No Malaria to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa. Local service projects vary and include raising funds for worthy causes, feeding the hungry, planting gardens, advocating for peace and justice and more.

"Vital congregations are engaged in mission, and Change the World illustrates the power of our interconnectedness," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "Last year, more than 2,000 events took place in 15 countries. Change the World presents an opportunity to transform lives in connection with others."

United Methodist Communications has created several Change the World resourcesRegister your event by April 16 to receive a free marketing kithttp://rethinkchurch.org/get-involved. Join the conversationonline on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtags #CTW2012 and #rethinkchurch.

Change the World was created by United Methodist Communications as part of an effort to Rethink Church by utilizing outreach events to make a positive difference in the world beyond the church doors. The event is based on a concept originated by the Rev. Mike Slaughter, author ofChange the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. Other partners include United Methodist Publishing House, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, General Board of Discipleship, and General Board of Church and Society.

About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. The United Methodist Church has more than 11.5 million members internationally and is in mission in more than 125 countries. It is the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. with about 35,000 churches.

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