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Christmas Outreach

The True Meaning of Christmas Tour

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this Advent season to extend Christmas invitations in 21 cities across the U.S. 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

Preaching

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Ten suggestions for preaching after a catastrophe

When a tragedy or disaster happens, congregants expect, and need, to hear a word of comfort from the pulpit. Preaching professor Richard Lischer offers some practical advice for this difficult task. Read More

Embrace Love

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Embracing Love: Responding to Violence

Use these resources to help your congregation process their shock and grief after tragedies like the mass shooting in Texas and find ways to respond in concrete, loving ways. Read More

Advent Outreach

Outreach Resources for Advent

Start planning your Christmas outreach now using resources tied to the national advertising campaign. Customizable resources include postcards, door hangers, social meda and worship graphics, and sermon starters. Read More

Special Offering

Resources for Global Migration Sunday (Dec. 3)

This special offering and day of prayer will be held to raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees. These promotional materials will help empower your congregation to give generously. Read More

Ministry Resource

One bite at a time: Event planning made easy

Make your event planning more manageable by breaking it into smaller pieces. Check out these great resources to plan your next big event. Read More

Stewardship

Being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones.  Photo by Carl Attard, Pexels.com.

3 ways to encourage gratitude in the church

Did you know that being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones? It's true. Here's a few ways to express thankfulness in your life and ministry. Read More

Seasonal Resource

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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

Seasonal Resource

Technology and creativity — a recipe for Thanksgiving

If you are trying to figure out how your church can celebrate Thanksgiving, the Web offers a variety of ideas to help make the preparations easier. Read More

Leadership Resource

Hoover Dam: A church lesson on problem solving

Every challenge encountered in the construction of this engineering marvel was met with innovative solutions. Lessons from its history can help you navigate and solve challenges in your own church. Read More

Giving

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How to thank your amazing givers

Small expressions of appreciation help donors feel loved and involved with ministry. Increase the desire for donors to give with these five creative ways to say "Thank you!" Read More

Pastoral Care Resource

How to help your congregation cope with grief

While each situation is different, there are a variety of ways your church can offer spiritual comfort and support during difficult times. Read More

Worship Tips

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

Advent Resource

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Engage your congregation in creative Christmas outreach

Empower your congregation to reach out with warm invitations this Advent. Read More

Outreach

The rich diversity of cultures in the congregation at Centennial Multicultural UMC are incorporated into worship services.

Celebrating diversity: Love in every language

Hispanic Heritage Month, we examine how local United Methodist churches can celebrate the cultures and languages that enrich their communities. Read More

Seasonal Resource

Awesome ideas to make your church fall festival rock

Planning your fall festival? We're here to help! Last year we introduced the pumpkin trebuchet. This year we have even more ideas to "fly" your fall festival to the next level! Read More

Social Media Resource

How to give your church’s Facebook page a facelift

Discover new ideas to freshen up your church's Facebook page and increase engagement. 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

Spiritual Formation

How to foster spiritual disciplines in the church

Help your congregants become closer to Christ by making spiritual disciplines a reality in the congregation’s life and in individual lives. Read More

Stewardship Resource

5 ways to increase giving in your church

Money can be a touchy subject, especially when we start talking about how churches can increase donations. Here are a couple ways to increase giving without feeling like a pitch-person. Read More

Preaching Resource

How to write a terrific sermon title and why it matters

If your sermon is like a sandwich, then the title is the bread — not the condiments. Here’s how you can create a terrific title. Read More

Marketing & Outreach

Create a church marketing plan, step-by-step

Reach your community in fresh, new ways. Our online resource delivers data and guidance to help you craft a customized, realistic plan for your church. Read More

Advent Resources

Advent resources are now available for free download, and printed materials will be available in late September — your church can even apply a $400 promo code toward your order!

New resources bring ease to meaningful Advent outreach

“We really are trying to fully resource the local church to welcome visitors… We want to make this the best and easiest Advent ever.” Read More

Communications Resource

How to develop an excellent church communication plan

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

Ministry Resource

How to attract millennials to your church

Learn what millennials like and what turns them off. Seek out personal relationships with them, and help them see the relevance of the church for the world and for their own lives. Read More

Market your church

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5 out-of-the-box ways to use video to promote your church

Unleash your video creativity to increase the effectiveness of your church promotion. 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