See With New Eyes

by Cynthia l. Brown
When people see me for the first time, what do you think they see? What did you see when you saw my picture? The valedictorian of her high school class? A summa cum laude… read more

Let the Children Come

by William H. Willimon
One day Jesus was teaching, everyone gathered round, attempting to pay attention (Mk. 10:13-16). Nearby, a couple of children scuffled in the dust. “Can’t something… read more

Who is My Neighbor? Demographic Tools for Your Community

by Jessica Miller Kelley
How much do you know about the neighborhood surrounding your church? If you are newly appointed, or the demographics of the area have recently shifted, it’s possible your… read more

How a 200-Year-Old, Declining, County Seat Church Got Its Groove Back

by Martin Thielen
“This is a different church,” exclaimed Randy after the early worship service. “I barely recognize the place!” Randy, a former member of our congregation… read more

Church for the Broken: Reaching the Sinners and the Skeptics

by Derrick-Lewis Noble
“Pastor Noble, you have GOT to see this!” The man calling out to me is normally rather sedate, so I can’t ignore this expression of rare and inexplicable… read more

Marketing the UMC: Interview with UMCom's Larry Hollon

by Shane Raynor
General Conference 2008 approved the launch of the UMC’s newest ad campaign, Rethink Church. United Methodist Communications has led the way, reminding people inside and… read more
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