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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

Diversity and Social Media: Q & A

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

Welcome voters to your church

Election Day at churches that serve as polling places can be busy and sometimes disruptive. It also offers an opportunity to extend hospitality to people waiting in long lines. Read More

One Matters Award to Lander UMC

Outreach, willingness to change common threads for One Matters churches

Discipleship Ministries in 2016 recognized 80 United Methodist churches for remarkable gains in baptisms, professions of faith and disciple making. Each of the churches received a One Matters Discipleship Award. Read More

Friends join Chuck “Cold Turkey” Jones (front row, second from left) at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. Sending him off were (back row, from left) Dave

Appalachian Trail chaplain engaged in ups and downs of journeys

Chuck Jones being on the banks of the spring at that moment, in what he called a "random, but God-appointed, encounter," is why the Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy exists. Read More

UMCOR suports child-friendly spaces in camps for Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

UMCOR Aiding Uprooted Syrians

Last November, Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Conference announced that more than 30 churches in Kansas and Nebraska were ready and willing to welcome Syrian refugee families to their... Read More

The Rev. Sandy Sakarapanee conducts a wedding for two members of the Golden Triangle Fellowship at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Many in the fellowship are refugees from the civil war in Burma, now called Myanmar.

Weddings and funerals: Venues to share the good news

When June died, people who cared for her surrounded her, but they were not lifelong friends or even relatives. They were members of a Wesleyan church who had become her... Read More

Actor Josh Childs is Chuck of

Churches know ‘Chuck’

Church leaders have used the “Chuck Knows Church” and “The Committee” series in sermons and Bible studies to educate their congregations about what it means to be a Christian. Read More

Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Returning lost sheep – or letting them go with love

Perhaps you've been there. You visit a church, join and get involved in its ministries, both as a participant and a volunteer. Then something happens: schedule changes, transportation issues, family... Read More

Millennials carve their own path

According to the latest research, young adults are politically independent, optimistic and racially diverse. Knowing who millennials are is an incredible tool in helping reach them with the message of... Read More

Baby boomers make great evangelists

Baby boomer evangelism may seem an oxymoron, since that generation deserted religion in large numbers or never became part of the church at all. Sometimes, though, the best faith guides... Read More

The Rev. Zhaodeng Peng receives the One Matters Discipleship Award from Cheryl Walker of the Discipleship Ministries' staff during the New York Annual Conference.

Apartment church grows ‘by invitation’

The Revs. Qibi She and Zhaodeng Peng founded Tian Fu United Methodist Church in their Brooklyn apartment in 2004, squeezing 15 worshippers into their first service. Eleven years later, they’ve grown... Read More

The inflatable church draws in curious visitors of all types – even secular Europeans who've never set foot in a church.

German tent ministry is a ‘fresh expression’ of evangelism

An inflatable pop-up church is a key part of the Germany Conference’s evangelism effort, which also includes a fleet of tents to erect at summer festivals and a tour... Read More

Ross Johnson helps post signs around the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, as an outreach from Anchor Church. A second-year seminary student, Johnson did his field education for Duke Divinity School at Anchor Church this summer.

21ST Century Evangelism: It is all about relationships

Far from the days of old-time tent revivals, modern United Methodist leaders seek new and innovative ways of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Read More

The Rev. April Casperson

Young people in the church: Integral and integrated

When a church says it wants and will welcome young people, it needs to be ready to embrace needs and nurture their gifts and leadership. Read More

Young people change the church

Young people leaving the church may actually help it, by forcing congregations to reevaluate their purpose and creating urgency to make necessary changes. Read More

Authenticity, relationship, engagement: Good ministry with young people

When young people look for a church, most seek places where the people are authentic -- true to themselves, where they can develop relationships and where they can be engaged... Read More

What Young People Want from the Church – Samuel S. Yun

Determining what young people need from The United Methodist Church may be more important than providing what they want, says the Rev. Samuel Yun. Read More

What Young People Want from the Church – Douglas Powe and Jasmine Smothers

Mentor and nurture, but give young adults opportunities to provide leadership in the congregation. Read More

What Young People Want from the Church – Jenna Morrison

Young adults want to hear and see real people demonstrating the real love of God in life-transforming ways, not buzzwords and flashy worship venues. Read More