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Short stories of successful ministries in local churches.

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Presenters and sharks of Shark Tank: Mission (top row, from left) Gene Howerton, Bob Gerzel, Suzanne Honeycutt, Tracy Langley; (bottom row, from left) Shelby Morgan, Logan Franks, Kendall Cosper, Austin Franks, Andrew Gardner, Cooper Hayman, Isabella Nolan and Libby Devooght. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference / Jessica Chapman

Shark Tank: Mission

Youth did extensive research to develop their plans for mission and present them to fund-awarding "sharks." Read More

Cali and Miley find outlets for their creativity during art class  Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa, Ill. Photo courtesy of Melissa Meyers

Cooking and art classes draw youngsters

Cooking and art classes help children (and their parents) think of church as safe and "a place of wonder." Read More

Box of Blessings. Photo courtesy of Robert Harris

This box blesses

Boxes at churches across the Northern Prairie District of Oklahoma are stocked to bless those who need -- and those who need to give. Read More

The Rev. Chuck Mitchell (left) anoints an officer's badge during the

Blessing of the badges

United Methodists in New Jersey offer support and blessing for police officers and other first responders. Read More

Mural of Hope

Mural reflects hope offered inside

Inside a building, this New Jersey church offered hope in the form of food, clothing and other assistance. A mural on the outside now sends the same message. Read More

Parking Lot Ministry

Parking lot ministry reaching teens

Once high school students had to pay to park there. Now Boone Hill United Methodist Church offers free parking, snacks and prayers for its neighbors. Read More

Garden volunteers

Creation Care ministry protects, teaches

United Methodist church community garden offers multiple ways to care for the earth. Read More

Bible Boot Camp

Bible Boot Camp fills winter day

A one-day Bible Boot Camp equips children, youth and adults with tools to "start with the truth, stay with the truth and go with the truth." Read More

Candles are part of many of the Sacred Space stations at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church during Holy Week. Photo courtesy of Dianne Lawhorn.

Enter Sacred Space during Holy Week

Sacred Space ministry during Holy Week allows experiencing God's presence through diverse approaches to spiritual formation. Read More

Recycle for a Reason - R4R - Alaska

Recycle for a reason

Monthly sale of recyclables keeps good items out of the trash, provides necessities at low cost and benefits other organizations and ministries. Read More

Joy of Movement - Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dancing with Parkinson’s

The Joy of Movement dance class enriches lives of people with Parkinson's Disease. Read More

Kayak ministry - Mandarin UMC, Jacksonville, FL

‘Kayaking with Jeff’

A kayaking-based United Methodist outreach ministry brings people together for adventures on the water, experiences of nature – and worship. Read More

Churches feed community on Christmas morning

Christmas morning for close to 600 diners will begin with a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits, cheese grits, orange juice and a hot cup of coffee at two United Methodist... Read More

Asbury Jessup UMC yourth

Honor roll students eat with pastor

Hosting honor roll students for dinner at favorite restaurants is one way the Rev. Gay Green-Carden has grown the United Methodist youth group in Jessup, Maryland. Read More

Deployed spouses dinnerr - families

Military families support one another

Conversation over dinner and support are equally valuable for those attending the montly Deployed Spouses Dinner at Northwoods United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Children also have opportunities to... Read More

Magi puppets

Large puppets take the stage

The magi, depicted by 14-foot tall puppets, were part of the cast of "Following the Star" presented during Advent 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island, Nebraska. Read More

Trunk or Treat Books

Special treats for Trunk or Treat

It's time for many churches to plan for Trunk or Treat. As some volunteers are gathering treats and decorating their trunks for the Halloween season festivity, others are thinking of ... Read More

Cold water for mail carriers

On Mondays during the hot summer months, members of City on a Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, make mail carriers very happy by giving them bottles of ice... Read More

Fiesta Night fun for families, children

The Rev. Diana Phillips and Michael Christopher turned around and stood in awe. The pastor and lay leader of Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, stood still... Read More

Showing appreciation for law enforcement

In the fall of 2015, a community and a church mourned the loss of a fallen sheriff's deputy, Steven Sandberg, who was killed in the line of duty. Read More