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Preaching Resource

Use the art of storytelling to resonate

Our faith is rich in stories of transformation and forgiveness. You can use the stories of Jesus, the apostles, John Wesley and many others to create fundamental change in your community. Read More

Ministry Resource

Save 10% on 2018 United Methodist Program Calendars

Through July 31, take advantage of savings on 2018 Program Calendars. Wall calendars, desk blotters, pocket calendars and classic book style versions are available. Read More

Summer Sermon Ideas

4 creative summer sermon/lesson ideas

Summer is a great time to try something different and fun with sermons and lessons. Here are several ideas to keep things fresh this summer. Read More

Market Your Church

Podcast: Telling Your Church's Story

Our entire faith is rooted in a storytelling tradition. Why not use stories to amplify your church’s message of hope and love? Listen

Summer Ministry Resource

Keep your congregation connected during the summer

Take advantage of technology, Find-A-Church and giving opportunities to help maintain church ties when people can't physically attend services or small groups. Read More

Social Media Resource

Use Facebook Live to stream your church events

Facebook Live makes streaming your worship services incredibly easy. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

Teaching Resource

5 reasons you need the new United Methodist Handbook

The new United Methodist Handbook is packed with denominational details, beliefs, history and maps. Find out how you can use this valuable, free resource with your congregation. Read More

VBS Resource

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8 last-minute ideas to promote VBS

There’s sports camps, horse camps and cookouts. How can churches compete in such a crowded “market”? Check out fun ways to promote your vacation Bible school online. Read More

Stewardship Resource

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Fun ministry ideas to teach kids stewardship

It is important for the church to help teach stewardship to children. One fun way to do this is to turn allowance money into "Bible Bucks." Read More

Training Resource

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Register for online training for church leaders

Explore what makes a vital congregation, how to start a welcoming ministry or how to communicate faith with 21st-century tools. Session runs from Aug. 9 – Sept. 20. Register now through Aug. 6. View

Social Media

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Awesome social media opportunities for churches

Use social media to glorify God, let your congregation's voice shine and reach your community. All you need is a little time and understanding to... Read More

Pastoral Transitions

A guide to pastoral transitions: The first 30 days

When pastors receive a new appointment, they have 90 days to prove themselves, gain credibility and start to establish positive momentum. Find great ideas for making a great start. Read More

Men's Ministry Resource

10 quick tips to fire up your men’s ministry!

An effective men's ministry tells them that your church cares about their interests and needs. It also encourages, promotes and sponsors activities that will attract the men in your congregation. Read More

Social Media

10 more ways to use Instagram to promote your church (part 2)

If you have a good grasp on using Instagram for ministry, then dive deeper and learn even more ways to promote your church and connect your congregation. Read More

Social Media

How Instagram can breathe life into your media ministry, (part 1)

No longer do you need fancy equipment. Your social media team can take and share pictures faster than ever with their smartphones and an Instagram account. Read More

Summer Ministry Resource

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Summer retreat ideas: United Methodist camps and programs

Ministry's great minds often take learning vacations together during the summer. Research and find a camp, Christian retreat center or Chautauqua near you. Read More

Technology Resource

Computer hacks: 7 amazing methods for United Methodists

Free tools and simple tasks save hours of mindless typing and boring computer chores! Read More

Pastoral Transitions

Tips to help pastors and families on the move

Here are some great suggestions for pastors and their families making a move to a new church and community along with some advice for congregations greeting new pastors and their families. Read More

College Ministry

5 ways to connect with college students during the summer

The key to connecting with college students is meeting them where they are in their life and helping them connect their life with their faith in God. Read More

Youth and Children's Resources

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7 summer party games! Perfect for the fun at heart

If you’re fun at heart or have anything to do with youth or children’s ministry, it’s time to stock up on summer games. Read More

Outreach Resource

5 great outreach ideas for families

Be the church that helps families form priceless memories that will last long after a free night of babysitting. These ideas are a great place to start. Read More