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Turn Strangers Into Members and Promoters of Your Church

7/28/2016

By Jane Massey, United Methodist Communications Marketers talk funny. USPs. KPIs. ROIs. Sometimes it seems as if we've slurped a giant bowl of alphabet soup over lunch. Like any industry, we have more than enough jargon. The buzzworthy term du jour is “inbound marketing.” Let's first look at how this marketing outreach strategy came about. ...


Five Ways Jesus Taught How to Teach Others

7/27/2016

Photo by ©CreationSwap/Peirce Brantley By Clay Morgan, United Methodist Communications Change is necessary but not often easy. It is no wonder that stretching ourselves is often compared to growing pains. It hurts! But, if we’re not changing or adapting, we’re not growing. When it comes to the organizations we work and live for, growing pains ...


Zimbabwe Churches Find Cash Alternatives for Giving

7/26/2016

A UMNS photo by Kudzai Chingwe. Church members line up to make contributions using point-of-sale machines at Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. By Priscilla Muzerengwa | HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) Churches in Zimbabwe are making an effort to open easy means of giving using technology.   Church members can now give offerings, ...


Delaware Pastor Named Director of Men’s Ministry

7/25/2016

From www.gcumm.org  The Rev. Dr. Richard Vance Delaware pastor named director of men’s ministry NASHVILLE, Tenn.––Gilbert C. Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on UM Men, has named the Rev. Dr. Richard (Rick) Vance, pastor of Ebenezer UMC in Newark, Del., as director of men’s ministry. He will assume that position September 1. ...


Annual Health Check-up for the Church

7/22/2016

By Tricia Brown, United Methodist Contributor Even churches need annual checkups to make sure that all is well. Take time to seriously consider the following symptoms and what treatment may be needed to ensure the continuing health and prosperity of your church. Have you scheduled your annual church health check-up?  TWEET THIS Lack of growth Are...


Associate General Secretary Appointed New District Superintendent in Florida

7/22/2016

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Disaster preparedness after Sandy

7/21/2016

Volunteers teams helped repair and rebuild hundreds of homes, including this one in Long Island. Photo: Long Island Recovery Effort By Susan Kim, journalist and regular contributor to www.umcor.org July 5, 2016  — “Not if … but when.” That’s the phrase Tom Vencuss and other disaster responders use when they talk about how to keep communities ...


Gathering Seeks Effective Ways to Engage Young People about Racism

7/20/2016

From Discipleship Ministries As recent events once again focus attention on issues of racial inequality, Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries, will convene a session this month to identify more effective ways to resource the church for conversations with young people about racism. As racism continues to be a ...


Bishop Swanson's Pastoral Response to Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election

7/16/2016

My sisters and brothers I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. On Friday, July 15 we concluded three days of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Across the United States, five jurisdictional conferences meet every four years with the primary task being the election of bishops and the assignment ...


General Conference Briefing on Human Sexuality Conversation

7/16/2016

  This statement is being resent per Bishop Swanson's request. Please read prayerfully and carefully. An updated message will be forthcoming after Bishop Swanson’s prayerful discernment.  Check your email, the conference website and social media for more information as details are made available. Mississippi United Methodists,   Having returned ...


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