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Book of Discipline 2016

Official resources ready to aid church leaders

Official resources produced every four years for United Methodist church leaders are becoming available as the 2017-2020 quadrennium begins. Read More

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‘Ask the UMC’ is new answer site

"Ask the UMC" provides answers to topical questions United Methodists and others ask about the denomination. Read More

‘Vital Conversations’ study guides available

When churches want to help heal societal divisions, Vital Conversations study guides from the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) can help. Read More

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Program fund will help save America’s historic churches

Large capital improvement grants will help at least 50 congregations restore and repair aging houses of worship. Read More

Webinar offers Advent prayer helps

Ways to use The Upper Room's resources during Advent to help improve individual and congregational prayer lives will be offered in a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.... Read More

Save the Date! UMC #GivingTuesday is Nov. 29

On Nov. 29, United Methodists will come togetherfor UMC #GivingTuesday, a day to support the work of General Board of Global Ministries' missionaries and projects. In 2015, more than 770 missionaries and projects... Read More

Podcasts give the spirit a workout

"Get Your Spirit in Shape" is a new monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors and others who provide spiritual nutrition and exercise. Read More

UMCOR help continues

Cleaning up after a catastrophic event like a hurricane or flood takes months, but sometimes years. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), United Methodists' humanitarian and disaster relief agency,... Read More

Laity Sunday 2016: Living Vital Worship

Is worship a noun or is it a verb? Is worship something you go to, or is it something you live? This year's theme for Laity Sunday, "Disciples Called to... Read More

World Communion Scholar connecting church, society

Annie Solis Escalante wants "to understand the current needs of churches and the boundaries that need to be crossed to reach justice and peace." The World Communion Scholarship helped the... Read More

Boomerstock: Evangelizing baby boomers

As the over-60 age group explodes with aging baby boomers, annual conference and local church leaders will gather to learn new ways to engage people who sometimes are spiritual but... Read More

New candidacy guidebook available

Answering the Call, a guidebook for group mentoring of candidates for ordained ministry, is now available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Read More

Grants available for campus discipleship ministries

The Foundation for Evangelism is beginning a pilot grant program to impact ministry with young people on college campuses in the United States. Read More

‘Missing in Action’ focuses on bringing men back to the church

A new video (http://bit.ly/UMMvideo), "Missing in Action," produced by the General Commission on United Methodist Men, offers ideas for getting men back into United Methodist congregations. Read More

Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. (left), president, and Gil Hanke, general secretary of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, introduce the “Missing in Action” video to the 2016 General Conference.

‘Missing in Action’ focuses on bringing men back to the church

A new video (http://bit.ly/UMMvideo), "Missing in Action," produced by the General Commission on United Methodist Men, offers ideas for getting men back into United Methodist congregations. Read More

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Celebrate with ‘Able’ lyrics, backgrounds

The debut performance of "Able" rocked the house as General Conference 2016 celebrated the success of Imagine No Malaria on May 18. "American Idol" contender Jeremy Rosado performed the song commissioned by... Read More

Database helps readers find books by gender, color, topic

A new search tool will find books by title, ethnicity, gender and age of the main characters or topic. A simple search can help find the perfect book for your... Read More

French-language portal launches on UMC.org

United Methodist Communications has launched a French-language portal at UMC.org, the official website of The United Methodist Church. Read More

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‘Vital Conversations’ study guide ready

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is offering a small-group discussion guide to use with its "Vital Conversations: Realities of Race and Racism" video series. Read More

Resource helps teens explore dating relationships

A new resource to help teens develop healthy dating relationships is now available from Young People's Ministries (YPM), a unit of Discipleship Ministries. Read More