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Special Sunday Offering

The Rev. Alan Cabas helps load a truck at the offices of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila with relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

UMCOR Sunday Resources

When disaster strikes, UMCOR provides vital assistance to those affected. These promotional resources will help you raise awareness of this ministry and encourage generous giving... Read More

Seasonal

Sunrise at Belin United Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, SC. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Lent and Easter: Sharing the message of God’s love

This collection of seasonal resources offers creative ideas for worship and for reaching out to your community to proclaim this season's message of love, hope and transformation. Read More

Seasonal

Outreach Resources for Easter

Start planning your Easter outreach using our customizable resources. Choose from postcards, invitation cards, posters, outdoor banners and yard signs in 10 designs. Read More

Seasonal

Engage in this Lenten practice, which invites you to pay attention and be intentional. Share your images on Instagram and Twitter with #rethinkchurch.

Engage in a Lenten Photo-A-Day practice

What does chosen or sent look like? Make this spiritual practice part of your Lenten discipline and share your photos with #RethinkChurch. Read More

General Conference

Scene from the prayer room of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Praying together are Yvette Richards from the Missouri Conference and Jennifer Long, volunteer. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Helping your congregation heal after General Conference

Following General Conference, United Methodists continue to experience a myriad of emotions. Use these suggestions to help congregants process what happened and focus on being in ministry together. Read More

General Conference

Use ‘The Movement Continues’ to look forward

Inspire church members and leaders to feel encouraged and hopeful about the future of the denomination. Use these resources to help your congregation continue to respond to God's call. Read More

General Conference

The 2019 special session of the General Conference will be held in The Dome, part of the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. Photo by Dan Donovan, courtesy of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. All rights reserved.

General Conference 2019: Resources for Leaders

These resources will help you talk with your congregations about the different legislation being considered at GC2019 and how these plans might affect local churches, conferences and clergy. Read More

Welcoming & Hospitality

I saw the signs - Interiors (Screencast, part 2)

In part two of three screencasts, Kim Pope-Seiberling focuses attention on good interior signage. View

Outreach

Engaging seekers

You know your church should be reaching out to spiritual seekers. But how? Learn about what motivates seekers in this video summary of recent Barna findings. View

Communications

Email’s death has been greatly exaggerated as it moves deep into middle age. Image by Antonio Doumas, Pixabay.com.

Email is thriving at middle age

If you think email's spammy or obsolete, you're missing out on the most trusted tool available to nonprofits. Read More

Technology

Weathering winter with virtual worship (including the offering!)

Answer four questions to help you prepare to worship online when you’re snowed out. We offer options for every budget and technical ability. Read More

Welcoming

Hospitality needs to begin online, as people approach your location, and through casual encounters with your building. Photo by Pearl, Lightstock.com.

First impressions are formed earlier than you think

Hospitality begins before visitors ever enter the sanctuary. Consider whether your online presence and building facilities are welcoming and accessible to guests. Read More

Webinar

Learning session: Email marketing for churches

Learn how to harness the power of email to better connect with your congregation by incorporating email marketing into your church’s overall communication plan. View

Welcoming & Inviting

Encourage guests to return with great follow-ups

When you follow-up with guests, they are more likely to visit again. Here are a few great ways to increase the odds. Read More

Planning & Strategy

How to set church goals for the new year

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for individuals; goals are important for the church as well. Check out these tips for creating church goals this year. Read More

Hospitality

14 ways churches unintentionally send signals of unwelcome

Make sure your church -- from the people to the curb -- are visitor-ready. Here's a checklist of 14 unintentional and commonly overlooked roadblocks. Read More

Web Ministry

How to make you church website visitor-friendly

Your church website is the new front door for your church. More and more, people are checking out locations online first before visiting in person—particularly young adults. Listen

Outreach

A diverse group of members sits in worship listening to the sermon. Image by Pearl, Lightstock.com.

6 ways to create a guest-friendly worship service

These six strategies can make your worship more attractive to visitors, without requiring a major investment of time or resources. 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 messages matter before, during and after the event. An ill-considered or ill-timed response could be... 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

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

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