A Great Idea from one of our Great Start Workshops

Phil Schroeder


Non-Profit Status at the US Post Office article provided by Flo McDaniel, secretary at Crossroads UMC. If your Church is not under non-profit status at the United States Postal Service, then you need to check into this.  You need to obtain a letter from the IRS with your current information and stating that you are a non-profit organization. Then go to your local USPS, speak to the Bulk Mail Department, and ask for the non-profit form.  Fill out the form, and attach the letter from the IRS, and...

The Younger Unchurched and the Churches That Reach Them


The following are summary conclusions from a study of young people not active in church and practices likely to help churches reach emerging generations. Young adults are trying to connect and will make a lasting connection wherever they can find belonging. Churches that are effective at reaching and developing young adults place a high value on community and are using small groups to build that community.   Young adults want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and are looking to ...

Back to Church Sunday

Phil Schroeder


Thoughts shared by Tom Compton, Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC, Eatonton ReThink Church has a good number of free resources not the least of which is "Back to Church Sunday."  "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity." Colossians 4:5 I just wanted to tell you about something exciting!  Did you know that there is a Special Sunday in September called "Back to Church Sunday"?  I know, some of you will say-hey, EVERY Sunday is back to church Sunday...and it ...

Northside UMC on the M.A.P.

Phil Schroeder


Northside UMC's Awesome Youth Outreach Project - M.A.P. (Metro Atlanta Project)! STATS & info 10 years...94 roofs...900+ youth volunteers...25 participating churches & organizations...64.4 miles of shingles laid...4,253 lbs roofing nails. Youth Pic YouTube Video

An Idea for All Saints as retold by Rev. Rick Maeser

Phil Schroeder


The idea for this particular celebration of All Saints Sunday was Phil Schroeder's, which he demonstrated at our Northwest District clergy retreat.  You could use a different scripture, but I chose Job 1:13-22, 2:11-13.  I spoke about what rending one's clothes meant, and how Job's friends joined him in this expression of grief.  I noted that in the biblical account of their response, words were neither available nor necessary at that particular moment to communicate their empathy, or to offer ...

Feeding the Five Thousand

Phil Schroeder


Matthew 14:13-21  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘...

HealthFlex GoZone: Are You Up for the Challenge?


All Virgin HealthMiles participants enrolled through HealthFlex are invited to join your fellow HealthFlex particpants in the first-ever All-HealthFlex challenge! How it works: sign up at to join our team, clip on your GoZone pedometer, and start walking. Jogging. Stairmastering. Dancing. Whatever you do, just do more! The team with the highest average steps per player wins. The individual with the most total steps wins, too. A bunch of HealthCash to go...

Leadership Resources for Youth: B1: Fast Today, Change Tomorrow


New Downloadable B1 Video Quick, snappy, and substantive, this newly released three-minute online video explains the fasting campaign, B1. B1 is a response to teenagers' concern and action on behalf of poverty in their neighborhoods and around the world. During Lent 2009, about a dozen United Methodist youth groups participated in the 24-hour food fast. For example, two youth groups in New Jersey raised nearly $5,000 to support The Advance programs of their choice. The B1 campaign is about ...

Our death rate is lower than the national average. So what?

Jamie Jenkins


A recent study by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership attempts to track the aging of the membership of the United methodist Church in the United States. By comparing the death rates between the membership of the church and the larger U.S. population they concluded that the North Georgia Conference is one of the "areas of relative youthfulness." The North Georgia Conference has a death rate 40 percent lower than the U.S. population, suggesting a fairly young membership. The California-Pacific...

Leading Causes of Life


" I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10b, NIV)  "Gunderson and Pray write that life is breaking out even in the midst of death-dealing events and the challenge we must accept is to look for the soft whisper of life when the loud crash of death is easier to hear."  (from Larry Hollon's blog) "Leading Causes of Life focuses on five powerful concepts, namely:  connection, coherence, agency (action), blessing, and hope.  The five leading causes apply to ...

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