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History Resource

Lay adult members Emma Tousant of the Evangelical United Brethren and J.P. Zepeda of the Methodist Church shake hands as part of the uniting ceremony that marked the formation of The United Methodist Church in 1968. This moment of celebration was years in the making. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Amid tumult of 1968, a church came together

The United Methodist Church’s birth took years of work and a commitment to end racial segregation. Historians say 50 years later, the union offers lessons... Read More

United Methodist History

Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church was officially formed on April 23, 1968 with the unification of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical Brethren Church. Find resources for celebrating this anniversary with your congregation. Read More

Seasonal Resource

Earth Day resources for leaders

Plan an Earth Day celebration for your congregation on April 22. These materials will help you reflect, teach, preach, pray, and act to preserve a “sense of place” in your community. View

Preaching Resource

The Rev. Michael E. Williams preaches at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as Senior Pastor until his retirement in June of 2017. Photo courtesy of West End United Methodist Church.

The Pastor as Chief Storyteller

Pastors tell stories that shape us — from the Bible, history, and personal faith — and remind us of who we are, what we value and who we are to be. Read More

Marketing Resource

Church marketing on a shoestring budget

These top recommendations will help you get the most out of your marketing dollars. Read More

Preaching Resource

The Rev. Amanda Garber, pastor of RISE, a United Methodist Community in Harrisonburg, Va. Photo courtesy of Amanda Garber.

Lead ‘em laughing: Using humor in preaching

More than just jokes, it’s about using humor to communicate biblical truth. Read More

Social Media

It is time to resurrect Facebook Groups

Conventional wisdom has been to focus on Facebook Pages rather than Groups. Thanks to a renewed focus from Facebook, groups are back and can help online communities connect more deeply. Read More

Stewardship Resource

Psychology of giving: Change the way you ask to get more

If you want to help your congregation give more, check out these tips and tricks based on fundraising psychology. Read More

Church Marketing

How a small church can build a big marketing plan

Learn how small churches with limited resources can dream big and achieve their goals for local visibility. Read More

Preparedness

Church members gather for a musical program by the Mark Beachy Family Singers following a potluck supper at Leipsic (Ohio) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Keeping your church safe from violence

Church leaders find themselves grappling not only with the pastoral and theological questions of members, but also practical concerns about how to keep their flock safe. Read More

Communications Resource

How to better communicate with your congregation

These ideas will help you make sure that all your messages — from the Sunday sermon to event announcements — are being clearly and consistently communicated to everyone in your congregation. Read More

Involving Volunteers

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

Hospitality

The Woodlands United Methodist Church, near Houston, Texas, has a dedicated team of volunteers to support the disability ministry, including Carol Baker.

Celebrating diversity: Welcoming all abilities

“When I read the Gospels and think about Jesus’ ministry, I notice that he never passed by anyone with a disability," said Sharon McCart, chair of the DisAbilities Ministries Committee. Read More

Prayer Resource

Innovative ways to encourage people to pray

The practice of prayer may be ancient but the application doesn't have to be. How can churches encourage and enhance the experience of prayer? Read More

Worship Resource

5 lessons from a hilarious spoof on contemporary worship

"Sunday's Coming" is a "movie trailer" made by a large church poking fun at their own worship. It's obviously a spoof, but also contains some powerful lessons. Read More