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Short stories of successful ministries in local churches.


Making a joyful noise for special needs

"Make a Joyful Noise" worship serves those who experience the world differently, need consistency and routine. Read More

Christmas tree ministry brings joy

A ministry that began in 2007 with one woman decorating 12 miniature Christmas trees yielded nearly 700 gifts in 2016. Read More

Church warms hearts and bellies

A bus stop, two laundromats and an adult bookstore -- four places where United Methodists in Upper New York served hot soup last winter. Read More

PBJ Breakfast gets students ready for school

Students started, continue to grow weekly prayer breakfast before school. Read More

Fridays bring food trucks, fundraising

Food Truck Fridays let church welcome neighbors while raising funds for missions. Read More

Angels fill the yard of North Raleigh United Methodist Church in North Carolina during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Photo by Sue Ellen Rosen

Angels in the yard provide honor, comfort

Angels honoring and memorializing friends and family members light up a church yard every December. Read More

Learn salsa dancing at church

Salsa dancing lessons are enjoyable way for United Methodists to reach out and into California community. Read More

Strings in the air

More than 50 musicians played their acoustic instruments during a February worship service at Rock Spring United Methodist Church in Georgia. Read More

‘Love Lunches’ on the go

United Methodists in Pierre, South Dakota, provide lunches for school children during Christmas break -- as well as every weekday of summer vacation. Read More

Feeding pets of the homeless

Ministry keeps beloved and loving pets of homeless people healthy. Read More

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