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January - February 2017

God desires abundant life and abundant health of spirit, mind and body. Find ideas for creating the balance that leads to abundant health -- and for your church to be part of the new abundant health for all emphasis. You'll also read a letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and about one woman's transformed life. Read More

November - December 2016

The never-ending availability of grace to all of God's children is a basic tenet of United Methodist theology. Explore grace from the Wesleyan perspective, consider voting as an act of Christian discipleship and find ideas for making Advent a time of sacred waiting at home as well as in your church. Read More

September - October 2016

Gain ideas and hope for “Navigating Change” in your churches – and your life. Discover a series based on the “Wesley Pilgrimage,” new studies for Advent 2016, a Trunk or Treat idea and more. Download PDF or view interactive version. Read More

July - August 2016

Talk about being “Gratefully Generous” needs to both include and go beyond conversation about money. You will also find a General Conference review, flip-flips on bushes and more. Download PDF or view interactive version. Read More

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May - June 2016

Churches and members in the United States, Germany, Norway and the Philippines tell the strength of the United Methodist connection. Also, find ideas for easy summer ministries. Download PDF or view interactive version. Read More

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March - April 2016

The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church are the basis for tangible acts of love and justice for neighbors. Also, find a preview of General Conference 2016. Download PDF or view interactive version. Read More

January - February 2016

The State of the Church report and stories provide a context for looking ahead to 2017-2020. Find ideas for homemade beds for children and round-the-clock Bible reading and more. Download PDF or view interactive version. Read More

November - December 2015

Local churches, campus ministries, annual conferences, church wide agencies – all support people “Discerning God’s Call.” Also, thoughts on angels, thanksgiving … and more. Read More

September - October 2015

How is disciple making different in the 21st century? Learn ways United Methodists are living out their mission. Also, find thoughts on suffering, a centenarian missionary … and more. Read More

July - August 2015

In times of grief and crisis, United Methodists excel at “Wrapping One Another in Jesus’ Love.” Also, in-school ministries, a special section on racism and racial justice … and more. Read More

May - June 2015

What do young people bring to the church, what do they want from – and for – the church? Also, how congregations genuinely welcome young people and find ideas for “complicated” holidays … and more. Read More

March - April 2015

“A Divine Love Story” offers an overview of the Bible as well as ways United Methodists approach this holy book. You’ll also find features on Lent, smartphones and worship … and more. Read More

January - February 2015

The State of the Church report features stories of United Methodists “Transforming the World for Christ Together.” Also, personal faith stories, thoughts on racial divides … and more. Read More

November - December 2014

“Technology and Ministry” introduces possibilities for ministry – and some simple ways to icorporat4e it. Also, “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness,” Advent ideas … and more. Read More

September - October 2014

Through baptism, all are called to ministry – and some to ordination, licensing, commissioning and consecration. Also, explore scripture as a means of grace, the response to Ebola … and more. Read More

July - August 2014

Living the vows of United Methodist Christians may mean “Living Differently.” Also, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, summer tutoring programs … and more. Read More

May - June 2014

“Faith and Aging” looks at the last third of life – what today may be a journey of 30 or more years of spiritual growth. Also, a caring church eases a difficult journey, Christian conferencing … and more. Read More

March - April 2014

The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s work to bring hope goes far beyond responding to natural and humanitarian disasters. Also, healing after a tragic loss, Easter traditions … and more. Read More

January - February 2014

Amid different understandings of living out our core beliefs, United Methodists remain connected in mission and ministry. Also, Bible reading helps manage stress, the power of spirituals … and more. Read More

November - December 2013

Projects supported through The Advance are transforming individuals and communities across the globe. Also, alternative giving, creating sacred space, the Star of Bethlehem … and more. Read More

September - October 2013

“Encircled in Love,” children – and their families – living in poverty gain hope and possibilities of a better future. Also, take the SNAP challenge, connect with college students … and more. Read More

July - August 2013

“Stewards of All” – holistic stewardship is lived out in how one uses all that God gives. Also, moving while praying, coffeehouse ministries, deaconesses and home missioners at 125 … and more. Read More

May - June 2013

Missions, conversation and worship can bring generations together in “A Church for the Ages.” Also, financial exploitation of elders, intercessory prayer, pumpkin patches … and more. Read More

March - April 2013

Support of education, including higher education institutions and their unique role, is “Decidedly United Methodist.” Also, praying the scriptures, “Stations of the Resurrection” … and more. Read More

January - February 2013

“Teach Us to Pray” launches a yearlong series about prayer and different practices of prayer. Also, responding to bullying in the church, encouragement to “buy fair trade” … and more. Read More