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

QUIZ: How family-friendly is your church?

by Rita Hays
Check the statements that accurately describe your children’s ministries. ___ We provide a nursery for infants and small children.___ Our nursery is regularly staffed with… read more

Welcoming Visitors with Children

by Rita Hays
Jeff and Sally Wright are the parents of newborn baby Zack and they are visiting your church for the first time. Jeff and Sally may come away from their visit to your congregation … read more

Why Should They Come?

by Karen Greenwaldt
Recently I asked a young woman why she did not attend church. Her answer startled me: “It’s like going to someone else’s family reunion. Why would I go?” I … read more

Institution v. Innovation: Can edgy churches grow and thrive within the UMC?

by Arthur Jones
“CHURCH DOESN'T SUCK. WWW.GRACEPOINT.COM.” As some United Methodist pastors drove by this laconic sign, they cringed because they knew something about GracePoint that … read more

Incentives to Decline: Why Some Churches Really Don't Want to Grow

by John Flowers, Karen Vannoy
Your congregation has been in significant decline for years. Members acknowledge that something must be done to reverse the decline. Plans are discussed and official votes are… read more
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