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July - August 2013

What’s first?

What's first? is the new stewardship education resource for 2013 from Abingdon Press. It is based on shiny gods, a new book by the Rev. Mike Slaughter. Read More

Trending Topics: Love, Justice and Service

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the deaconess movement in the Methodist tradition. Read More

Teaching giving: bitter pill or blessing

A May 2012 blog in The Christian Century listed eight reasons church leaders should talk more about money. No. 4: people need to learn more about giving. Read More

Stewards of All: A mark of faithful disciples

The Bible says disciples of Jesus Christ should give back from their resources, which include not only treasure, but time and talents. Read More

Relaxed, related, renewed

With steaming cups of good coffee, comfortable seats and a spirit of fellowship, coffeehouse ministries are offering a nontraditional and non-intimidating introduction to church. Read More

QR codes and kiosks: signs of the times in church giving

"We knew it was important ... that we needed to move into this century." Read More

Online training for leaders

Visit gbod.org/lead-your-church/webinars to register for any of the free, one-hour webinars sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship. Read More

Online Shopping

UMCmarket is a new online shopping community designed especially for members of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Oklahoma Tornadoes

Working with other community and faith-based groups, United Methodist are taking the lead in the Oklahoma tornado response. Read More

National recognition for two ministries

April saw national recognition come to ministries involving youth from Los Gatos United Methodist Church and volunteers from the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Read More

Moving Prayers: Teach Us To Pray

After living in Malawi for two years, Kara Oliver returned home to Nashville, Tenn., and began to incorporate some of the passion and movement she saw in the prayers of... Read More

Language guide again available

A United Methodist guide to the language used to describe God is available once again. Read More

Helping European flood survivors

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has reached out to offer assistance after flooding in Central Europe, especially in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, caused extensive damage in early... Read More

Giving time and service from spiritual gifts

Scripture says each Christian has a spiritual gift. Read More

First Thoughts: Stewardship rooted in relationship

Stewardship begins with this understanding: We belong to God, and to each other. Read More

Festival sparks interest in reading

More than 20 children of all ages and their parents celebrated literacy during a May reading festival at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aiken, S.C. Read More

Bakers raise helpful dough

The aroma of fresh baked teacakes lingered in the air for days after Pam Burnette and other volunteers mixed special ingredients, rolled out the dough, cut the cookies, baked and... Read More

‘Abundance mentality’ fighting malaria

What does being a good steward have to do with Imagine No Malaria (www.imaginenomalaria.org)? Read More