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The Official United Methodist 2017 Program Calendar. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Plan ahead! Order your 2017 United Methodist Program Calendar today

It's never too early to plan ahead. The United Methodist Program Calendar helps you organize your work and prepare for the events and seasons of the church. Read More

Community Outreach

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Tips for communicating with Hispanic and Latino families

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Find helpful ideas for welcoming Hispanic or Latinos in your community from our Church Marketing Plan. Read More

For Pastors

6 Methodist historical figures to help illustrate your next lesson

The United Methodist Church is filled with deeply spiritual people like John Wesley. Here are the stories of six other Methodists that you can use in your next lesson. Read More

Outreach & Welcoming

Volunteers welcome visitors and church members at The Village United Methodist Church in Nolensville, Tennessee. Story from United Methodist Communications.

Hospitality starts at the curb

United Methodist churches across the connection are deploying outdoor ministry teams to greet people as soon as they enter the parking lot. Read More

For Leaders

Has your church gone to the dogs — or pot-bellied pigs?

Many churches offer pet blessings during October. Have you considered including these furry family members in a service? Read More

Keep up with the news!

The United Methodist News Service Daily Digest debuted a new look on Jan. 26, 2016.This resource of top news stories is offered by free subscription from United Methodist Communications by request. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

United Methodist News Service on the go

Keep up with United Methodist news. Subscribe to the UMNS Daily Digest, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and check out our new design on your mobile device! Read More

Training & Leadership

Sierra Leone Conference lay leader, Anne Koroma (right), addresses Trebes Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, Sierra Leone, on the roles of lay leaders in local churches. Associate lay leader, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, stands to the left of Koroma. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Training Lay Leaders: How Sierra Leone met the challenge – and you can, too

Necessity has been called the mother of invention. That proved true for lay leaders in Bo who created their own training session. Could your church do the same? Read More

For the Local Church

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry for United Methodist Communications.

Breaking the taboo: how the church can help people with mental illness

The United Methodist Church encourages churches to love, welcome and pray for all individuals, especially those who are suffering. The church can be an agent of change through education and encouragement. Read More

For Fall

Photo illustration by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

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