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Stories, ideas, models and tips for using technology to grow as a disciple or to enhance your church’s ministry.

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Technology: Navigating the sea of social media

Make social media posts that tell stories and don't need a backstory to be understood. Read More

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Technology: Bridging generational gaps—technologically

Youth and senior adults develop friendships as the young mentors provide tips on using cell phones, tablets and other tools. Read More

Technology: Apps are appropriate for churches

More and more United Methodist churches are using apps to aid participation in worship. Read More

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Technology: Get fit - technology can help

While increasing use of technology can be blamed for decreasing fitness, it can also be a aid to improving one's health Read More

Technology: Abandon the screens; focus on the people

Christmas gift-giving will likely include a lot of technological gadgets. However, father, next-generation pastor and Interpreter technology columnist Jeremy Steele urges you to spend at least as much time with... Read More

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Technology: @LocateWesley connects students, ministries

Each year, as college students were beginning their migrations to campuses, Robby Balbaugh, youth minister at First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, Texas, would make plans to stay connected. Developing ... Read More

Watch missionaries tell their stories

A new webpage, "Beyond the Anchor Cross," www.umcmission.org/explore-our-work/missionaries-in-service/beyond-the-anchor-cross/stories, features videos of missionaries telling their stories of faith and service. Read More

While the Rev. Richard Burstall promotes the availability of online giving at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, receiving gifts in the traditional plates is still a part of each service.

Online giving can increase blessings – for givers and churches

Making the transition to offering online giving is bigger than acquiring the needed technology and simplifying giving for some congregants. The availability of online giving provides a potentially significant way... Read More

The live stream of Killearn United Methodist Church's Christmas Eve service allowed a woman spending the night in a hospital with her mother to connect with her church family.

Expanding ministry via video streaming

After plans were made to produce video recordings of Killearn's services, the media ministry team didn't stop planning. The Rev. Erick Ashley, associate pastor, says, "After we made the decision... Read More

Virtual Accountability

The Rev. Brian Sims and the Rev. Aaron Buttery met while part of the same church and school in Kentucky. As a part of a class exploring Wesley's concept of... Read More

The Rev. Teddy Ray, lead pastor, preaches to the Offerings Community of First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wireless projecting becoming easier

Video projectors and flat screen televisions are becoming as commonplace in many churches as hymnals. However, retrofitting a traditional sanctuary can be cumbersome and require stringing wires from all sorts... Read More

United Methodist branding toolkit online

IdeaMart United Methodist Communications is offering a new toolkit to make it easy for local churches and other denominational entities to adopt more unified branding. Edward Mikula created the official... Read More

(From left) Jim Huston, Bronwyne Butler and Frieda Brown use the YouVersion app on their smartphones and tablets during Bible study at East Cobb United Methodist Church.

The Scriptural Smartphone

Yes, smartphones can be a distraction -- but, used intentionally, the Bible apps they make available can be used to enhance worship and study. 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... Read More

Welcome to the new GBOD.org

Step into the new GBOD.org, the digital home of the General Board of Discipleship. One feature of the completely redesigned www... Read More

A text message regarding the Ebola outbreak is sent via mobile technology from Bishop John G. Innis to 20 United Methodist district superintendents in Liberia. Transmitting the message from United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., are (left) Jill Costello, project manager, and the Rev. Neelley Hicks, director, ICT4D Church Initiative.

Communications vital in Ebola fight

The United Methodist Church is implementing a communications strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring people of God's presence. Read More

‘Using Technology for Social Good’

United Methodist Communications is calling church members to learn how the increasing availability of low-cost communication technologies can become tools for community organization — strengthening global social and economic development. Read More

Redesigned websites debut

Check out the new websites of United Methodist Communications, UMC Giving and Rethink Church. Read More

Summit will bring together technology, mission leaders

At the Game Changers Summit, leading practitioners of ICT4D will collaborate with church leaders passionate about mission to show the church what is available and how it can aid... Read More

Middle, older adults expanding social networks

If yours is an older congregation, forget the excuse that middle (ages 50-64) and older (65+) adults aren't using the Internet for social networking. Read More