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Unusual staff positions benefit churches

Innovative ministries let leaders bring secular occupations into church settings. Read More

As the Hamline Community Bread Oven pizza bakers, the Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, left, and Hamline students learn skills of hospitality and baking for their neighborhood. Courtesy photo

Campus ministers connect career, ministry options

Campus ministry helps students discover ways to live out their calls, regardless of occupation. Read More

Pastor Laura Vincent leads the children's time during worship at Shiloh United Methodist Church near Clinton, Kentucky. Helping children see that they are unique and created for a purpose is part of developing a culture of call in local churches. United Methodist Communications photo by Mike DuBose

Creating a culture of call

United Methodists urged to ask early and ask often when encouraging people to explore God's call to them. Read More

Michael Rashon Adkins with two former students. Courtesy photo

Teachers have a calling to their schools

Three United Methodist teachers tell how they live their faith daily in their classrooms. Read More

Invite for Advent with different ‘looks’

Different graphics with a common theme will let United Methodist churches use welcoming and worship resources that fit their culture during Advent 2017. Read More

Family camping builds relationships

Families grow in faith and relationships during church-related camping experiences. Read More

Topics, approaches vary in new Advent studies

Planning for Advent is rapidly approaching in United Methodist churches. Here are nine new studies to consider. Read More

Diverse congregations help these churches thrive

These four United Methodist churches thrive as multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-economic congregations. Read More

The Rev. Yohang Chun (fifth adult from left) hosts college students in his home on Friday nights. Photo by Shannon Hodson, Upper New York Advocate

Pastor feeds stomachs and spirits of Korean students

A United Methodist pastor in upper New York gives students from Korea a taste of home with weekly meals and Bible study. Read More

Syrian refugee receives visit ‘from Jesus himself’

A refugee entrepreneur from Syria thanks the United Methodists supporting him and his family as they build a new life. Read More

Couple bringing balance to young Native people’s lives

A couple in Oklahoma brings young Native American United Methodists together to build understanding and relationships. Read More

‘Diversity’ carries different meanings

"Diversity" carries varied meanings for United Methodists throughout the world. Read More

Diversity and Social Media: Q & A

Social media can be a tool to experience diversity and help create more diverse churches. Read More

A (Brief) History of the People of The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church in 2017 is a product of a world wide mission that began close to 300 years ago in England. Read More

Reading time. Grandparents who parent their grandchildren can face many challenges, but can also receive many rewards.. Photo by Christopher Fenoglio, United Methodist Communications.

Grandparents are parenting again

Churches can provide support to the growing number of grandparents who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren. Read More

Everyone is a storyteller

Master storyteller and United Methodist pastor Michael E. Williams contends that everyone tells stories -- and gives tips for doing it enjoyably and well. Read More

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO

Small and large steps make church carbon neutral

Solar panels, new lighting and appliances and more insulation contribute to this church's efforts to care for creation. Read More

In August 2016, Edna Rajan stacks cleaning buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

New UMCOR Sunday is March 26

It used to be One Great Hour of Sharing; now it is UMCOR Sunday. Here's why. Read More

'Live chidlike' ad campaign

New ad campaign features words of children

Children explain open hearts, open minds and oopen doors in new advertising campaign premiering now. Read More

child praying at mealtime

Remembering Holy Week, celebrating Easter at home

Remembering the events of Holy Week in age-appropriate ways with children will make Easter even more joy-filled for them. Read More