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Inspiration for new ministries for your congregation to consider; resources to help your congregation reach beyond its walls; ideas for worship, education and small group ministry, stewardship, age-level ministries, relationship-building, using technology in ministry and others.


Kids’ thoughts on gratitude

Youngsters share their thoughts on what it means to be thankful. Read More

A Season of Gratitude

Use the seven weeks encompassing the Thanksgiving (U.S.), Advent and Christmas seasons to pour out your gratitude. Read More

Celebrating with gratitude—at home

Mark your Thanksgiving celebration with an "attitude of gratitude" that goes beyond a prayer before a bountiful meal. Read More

Practicing gratitude at church

Find ideas to help your congregation express gratitude or thankfulness. Read More

Interpreter: A fond farewell

A look at how Interpreter magazine has changed during 48 years of service to the people of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Live Nativity is gift to the community

An ecumenically-produced Live Nativity scene will bring a community together for worship and fellowship. Read More

Step in to help grieving children

The resilency of children doesn't eliminate their feeling grief and pain during the holidays. Read More

When it is not the most wondrous time ...

How does the church minister to those for whom the holiday season is less than joy-filled? Read More

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

Family camping builds relationships

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