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World Communion Sunday resources make promotion easy

Oct. 7 is World Communion Sunday. These resources will help your congregation learn about the history of this day and how their gifts provide education for students around the world. Read More

Emergency Preparedness

Prepare your church for natural disasters

Created by United Methodist Insurance, this comprehensive handbook provides guidance about what to do before and after a natural disaster strikes. Download

Ethnic Ministries

Outreach Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Use these resources to invite your community to join you for worship and events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month as well as to celebrate Hispanic-Latino culture and traditions. Read More

Email Resource

Beat the email “blahs” with 5 helpful but simple writing hints

Are you communicating your messages as effectively as possible through email? This infographic highlights five simple tips to crafting a more compelling message. Read More

Local Church History

How to record the history of your church

Your church has a story to tell, and your congregation wants to hear it. Here are a few tips to help you share the history... Read More

History Resource

Animated Wesleys make Methodist history fun

John and Charles Wesley make their debut as animated characters in this engaging new series. Share these videos on your website, social media or download them for viewing. Read More

Webinar

Learning session: YouTube for churches

In this recorded learning session, our experts demonstrate the basics of YouTube as well as provide in-depth tips and hints. View

Leadership

The church should and must be one of the primary places where people can learn to trust, exercise trust, and become trustworthy. Image by Rawpixel.com, Pexels.com.

5 key practices for building a culture of trust

The church should be a place where people can learn to trust, exercise trust, and become trustworthy. Use these practices with groups to create environments that foster and facilitate trust. Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month

Two women preform traditional dance at a cultural festival in Mexico. Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash.com.

Five ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

These tips will help your congregation celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to our churches and communities. Read More

Outreach

The Rev. Olu Brown shares tips on reaching people — even those who don’t look or act like “church people.” Image by Ric Rodrigues, Pexels.com.

Reaching people who don’t look or act like “church people”

Reaching people who aren’t typical churchgoers requires making them feel comfortable and able to be themselves. The Rev. Olu Brown offers tips for creating... Read More

Social Media Resource

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Free back-to-school social media graphics

Download these memes for use on Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets to promote your Back-to-School outreach. View

Email communication

How to make your emails more memorable

Email doesn’t have to be boring! Check out these great ideas to make sure your emails never get ignored. Read More

Seasonal

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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

Ministry with College Students

13 ways to stay connected with college students

Students often leave the communities where they have grown up. Here are some ways your congregation can help young people maintain their connection to God and their faith community. Read More

Social Media

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13 tips for improving your Facebook Live broadcasts

Facebook Live isn’t just for streaming worship or doing a quick check-in from an event. It can also be a platform for discipleship content like Q&As, prayer sessions or ministry spotlights. Read More

Communication

How to develop an excellent church communication plan

Download templates, worksheets and daily planners to clarify your goals and maximize outreach! Read More

Technology

How to use Adobe Spark for easy church graphic design

Here's a great screencast tutorial on how Adobe Spark can help your church create sermon series graphics, scripture quotes, event posters and much more! Read More

Social Media

How to use Snapchat for ministry (part 2)

Snapchat is a great way to reach your youth. Here are some cool ways you can create a group, facilitate and coordinate a Snapchat ministry! Read More

Social Media Resource

Turn boring announcements into engaging Facebook posts

Facebook is a great way to reach and inform your community, but if posts don't generate engagement they will get buried. Here are several ways to turn your announcements into engaging posts. Read More

Communications Resource

How to organize communication requests at your church

In churches of any size, it can be hard to stay on top of every request. With planning and free digital tools, you can design a system that works for everybody. Read More

General Conference

Way Forward Commission offers video resources for 2019 General Conference

These videos discuss how the Commission built relationship and community, how it developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace, and how the plans in its report were developed. Read More

Preaching Resource

According to Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, preachers need to address the pain, injustice, confusion, and chaos in the world. She offers guidance on approaching controversial issues in meaningful and responsible ways. Image courtesy of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

4 tips for preaching on politically-charged topics

According to Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, preachers need to address the pain, injustice, confusion, and chaos in the world. This guidance will help you approach controversial issues in meaningful and responsible ways. Read More

Ministry Resource

Getting everyone to agree on a strategic plan can be like herding cats. Image by Sebastian Ganso, Pixabay.com.

Strategic planning or herding cats?

Getting leadership and staff to agree on strategy can feel like herding cats. These tips will help you reach consensus and put structures in place so the plan gets implemented. Read More

Communications Resource

Getting the entire congregation involved in communication efforts

Just like symphonies are made up of people who play different roles, churches need to divide the task of communicating internally and externally among volunteers. Read More

Communication Resource

More than 100 people from the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area participate in

When the topic is tough, we need to talk — and listen

Difficult conversations provide opportunities to work toward deeper understanding and to model “ways to remain in communion with each other even when you disagree,” says the Rev. Gary Southern. Read More

Leadership Resource

These eight traps can derail a pastor in the crucial first 90 days in a new role. This work,

Eight ministry traps that can derail a ministry in the first 90 days

The first 90 days of a new appointment are crucial. Avoiding these pitfalls will help you start off on the right foot. Read More

Social Media Resource

Improve your Instagram ministry with one simple change

Instagram can be an effective tool for ministry, but standard profiles lack some of the features and information needed to take a strategic approach. Consider... Read More

Social Media

The Facebook strategy you need to quit today

In early 2018, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed and how content is distributed. Here's what churches need to know. Read More

Social Media

7 deadly sins of church social media

Lots of places tell you what to do on social media, but what about things to avoid? These are seven reliable ways to undermine the time and effort you're putting in online. Read More

Social Media

How to make church memes and why they matter

Lighten up and ride the wave of viral memes as a part of your marketing strategy. Learn how to promote events, recruit volunteers and share scriptures with style! 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