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Library shelves and a student studying signify the benefit of United Methodist Student Day special offering for young United Methodists. Photo courtesy of UMC Giving.

Nov. 25 is United Methodist Student Day

Did you know this special offering supports 2,300 scholarships for young United Methodists annually? With your support, we can help make their dreams reality. Read More

Social Media

Expressing gratitude: Social media graphics

Express your gratitude this season with these social media graphics for your Facebook page. Read More

Seasonal

Photo illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Advent and Christmas: Communicating Hope

In a season of holiday hustle, Advent calls us to slow down and prepare. Use these creative outreach ideas and resources to reach out with a message of light and hope. Read More

Christmas Outreach

Make spirits bright with a seeker-friendly outreach event this Christmas

Discover how to plan and host a festive, fun Christmas outreach event that attracts all of your community -- even people unaffiliated with a church. Read More

Advent Outreach

Outreach Resources for Advent

Invite your community to share the Advent and Christmas season with you using our outreach resources. Customizable resources include invitation cards, banners, yard signs, posters and digital downloads. Read More

Seasonal

Fall pumpkins, squash and gourds. Image by Alexas Fotos, Pixabay.com.

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

Crisis Resource

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

Crisis communications

How to communicate with church members in the wake of tragedy

Whether it’s a natural disaster or other crisis, your communications matter before, during and after the event. An ill-considered or ill-timed response could be dangerous as well as costly to your reputation. Read More

Communications Resource

How to improve the design of your church communication materials

This screencast will guide you through easy, inexpensive ways to improve everything from your church's bulletin to the signage inside and outside your building. View

Stewardship

5 key elements in successful stewardship strategies

What if stewardship were more than a campaign? What if it were a mindset? And what if stewardship were incorporated in every season? Read More

Stewardship

Now, when we’re all thinking about budgets, spreadsheets, and pledge drives, is a good time to take a step back and talk about how we can do a better job of incorporating our young people into these vital ministry conversations. Photo by Lukas, Pexels.

4 ways to involve younger people in stewardship

As you think about budgets and pledge drives, consider how to better incorporate young adults into these conversations. Discover four ways to foster a culture of generosity among young people. Read More

Lay Leadership

Worshippers at Easter fill Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, where attendance has been on a steady rise. Photo by Joseph McBrayer.

Tips for including church members in your service

Help the members of your congregation find a deeper connection within the church by engaging them in the planning and execution of worship services. 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

Welcoming

8 steps to declutter and make the best impression

For a church, every interaction matters and makes an impression. Eliminating clutter helps your church focus more on hospitality and ministry. Read More

Welcoming & Inviting

Encourage friendly, out-going persons with the gift of hospitality to serve as greeters and ushers. Image by Pearl, Lightstock.com.

50 ways to welcome new people

One key to effective outreach is making sure that worship visitors feel truly welcome. These tips will help your congregation make a good first impression and extend hospitality. Read More

Welcoming & Inviting

Connecting new people to the Church

This podcast episode focuses on the lifecycle process of bringing new people into the church. It's the final episode of four in the Church Growth Series. Listen

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 a welcoming experience. Read More

Communications Resource

The who, what, why of giving your most effective speech in any setting

Pick up speechwriting tips from preacher and best-selling writer, Adam Hamilton, to help you connect with your audience. Read More

Technology

Apple’s new tools can boost your church live streams as well as life balance

Separate hype from real ministry applications in this review of the September 12, 2018, Apple keynote event. Learn why a phone is just as good as a camcorder to live stream. Read More

Outreach

Plan outreach events that build relationships and growth

This podcast focuses on outreach events that will help your church build relationships and get connected with the community. Listen

Volunteers

“Three Simple Rules” to train church leaders and volunteers

Challenges in mission and ministry will arise, but by adopting John Wesley's rules for living, your team can respond to any difficulties with love. Read More

Technology

Protect members (and ministries) from costly identity theft

There are a number of steps that you can take to protect people’s information and safeguard the church. Read More

Welcoming

Guest readiness and hospitality are greater than being nice

This podcast episode focuses on guest readiness and is the third episode of four in the Church Growth Series. Listen

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

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

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

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

Social Media

llustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communication using iPhone mockup by Taras Demindyuk, Behance.com and Facebook Live mockup by Daniel Reese, Dribble.com.

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

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

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

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

Communication Resource

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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