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The Rev. Stephen Handy (right) prays with the staff of the YouthWorks mission camp at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn.

A vital congregation is ... HOPE

What makes a congregation vital? Read More


A Divine Love Story

February 28, 2015

The Bible is not just another ancient book of human wisdom – it is God's Word, given to tell humans how they can know God. Read More


WAYS: Guidance for life from the Old Testament

United Methodists are a diverse group -- and so are the Scriptures that guide their lives. Readers of Interpreter magazine chose these from the Old Testament. Read More


WAYS: Guidance for life from the New Testament

In February 2015, close to 200 Interpreter readers responded to the question “What Scripture guides your life – and why?” Three identified the entire Bible as their source of guidance. Read More


Since the Revs. Ut and Karen Vo-To became missionaries in 2002, the Vietnam Mission Initiative has grown to include more than 300 churches.

Mission Initiatives birth new faith communities

With the help of Mission Initiatives, a ministry of the General Board of Global Ministries, new faith communities are emerging throughout the world, including in countries where governments do not recognize The United Methodist Church. Read More


The Rev. Jerry Herships (left) is founder of AfterHours Denver. The congregation meets in a bar – and serves sandwiches and offers Communion daily in a park that is home to part of Denver’s homeless population.

New places for new people energize worship, outreach

Starting new places for new people in New Mexico's Hispanic/Latino communities is a personal mission for the Rev. Lourdes Calderon. Read More


Through the Saranam ministry at Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, N.M., children meet new friends in a new community.

Celebrating all God’s children

Across the United States and around the world, United Methodists "preach good news to the poor" through a variety of ministries. Ministry with the Poor is one of the denomination's four priority areas of focus, and the General Board of Church and Society and the General Board of Global Ministries are leading the way. Read More


Leaders are first disciples

Leaders who make a positive impact are more than just visionaries, organizers and risk takers. They are people of principle and integrity. Read More

Global Health

Sergia Daulney (left) helps Sierra Leonian volunteer Mohamed Huseni (right) tie up a bundle of mosquito nets for families in her village during a June 2014 distribution by the Imagine No Malaria campaign in the Gbo Chiefdom outside Bo, Sierra Leone.

Moving toward a healthier world

The objective of the global health initiative is to eliminate worldwide unnecessary suffering from diseases of poverty, including malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Read More


The Word of God

United Methodist Christians describe the Bible in many different ways. What do they mean when they use the phrase "the word (or Word) of God?" Read More


Whether it is helping bring broadbend access to the community or inviting people to use church-owned computers, providing digital access can be a vital ministry. Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee is among churches that have adopted it.

Broadband, Rural Ministry and Social Justice

Seventeen million children in the United States do not have access to computers with broadband connections, reports Connected Nation. United Methodist churches can help bring access to their communities. It is am issue of social justice. Read More


United Methodist youth bagged sweet potatoes for the Society of St. Andrew during Youth 2007 in Greensboro, N.C. Participants in Youth 2015 in Orlando, Fla., will also engage in acts of service.

‘Go On!’ Register for YOUTH 2015

YOUTH 2015 will bring United Methodist youth and their leaders together to enrich one another and learn to experience and express their faith in new, vibrant ways. Read More


The Return of the Prodigal Son

Forgiveness: A journey filled with choices

All that's needed for forgiveness to take place, sometimes, is for the victim or survivor to have permission not to forgive. Read More