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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

Embrace love in the midst of fear and tragedy. Image by Gisela Fotografie, Pixabay.com.

Embracing Love: Responding to Violence

Use these resources to help your congregation process their shock and grief after tragedies like the mass shooting in Las Vegas 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

Advent Resource

Empower your congregation to reach out with warm invitations this Advent. Photo by Ben White, ChristianPics.co.

Engage your congregation in creative Christmas outreach

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

Seasonal Resource

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

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... 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... 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

Grow your church online

How to rock your mobile website

Fewer people are viewing your website via desktop these days. Use these tips to help navigate the road to an awesome mobile-first web strategy. 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

Stewardship Resource

Incorporate stewardship into every season by shifting the goal from getting money to pay bills to getting money so your congregation can experience the joy of generosity and the joy of being faithful disciples. Image by Rommel Diaz, Pixabay.com.

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

Church Vitality

4 big ideas from successful startups to revitalize church

Some startups produce innovative products at a pace that rivals companies 10 times their size! How can churches learn from these successful startups? 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

Group Activities

7 creative icebreakers for all ages and church groups

One goal for small groups (especially those meeting for the first couple of times), is to get people talking and help them get to know each other better. Consider these creative icebreakers. They work with groups of all ages. 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

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

Using video to promote your church. Image by PublcDomainPictures, Pixabay.com. Inset worship image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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

Social Media

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Awesome social media opportunities for churches

Use social media to let your congregation's voice shine and reach your community. These tips and tools will help you engage more effectively. Read More