A Gallop Through the History of Methodism


Have you seen this John Wesley Clayride? It has 'confirmation' written all over it. Do you have any suggestions for other confirmation material? Post below in Comments. 

Marketing Your Church/Making Social Media Work


We had a great event at Reinhardt yesterday focusing on how to leverage Public Relations and Facebook for your congregation. Find PDFs of the Power Point presentations below. Documents: Making Social Media Work (pdf) Marketing Your Church (pdf)

Sermon Material for Creation/Light of the World


Bill Burch from Sam Jones UMC in Cartersville shares some good material for creation, light of the world, sermons. From Bill Burch:  On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 lifted off from Cape Canaveral and became the first manned spaceflight to circumnavigate the moon. On Christmas Eve, the crew sent a live TV broadcast from lunar orbit.  They concluded the transmission with the astronauts taking turns reading from the book of Genesis.   VIDEO:     2:03    ...

Check Out


The following upcoming workshops are available online through and may be of interest to UM congregations.   Wesley Ministry Network courses Joining in partnership to bring quality online educational opportunities to Christian leaders, and the Wesley Ministry Network will present three courses beginning February 22, 2010.  The Wesley Ministry Network ( is affiliated with Wesley Theological Seminary.  Click below the titles to learn...

Who Dat Making Health Kits for Haiti?


Who dat making a super effort to build health kits for Haiti? United Methodist churches in Louisiana and Indiana, dat’s who. Two congregations, one from Indianapolis and another just outside of New Orleans, are harnessing the energy surrounding Super Bowl XLIV with a friendly challenge: Which church can assemble the largest number of health kits for Haiti? Read the whole story at:  

New Free Resource


Dr.  Robert Crossman, minister of new church starts and congregational advancement for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, has written a series titled "50 Ways to Build Strength." New to the series is "50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance."  Suggestions include ways to improve attendance of current members, to invite new people, to make your church visible and attractive, to welcome worship guests warmly, to make worship accessible to newcomers, and to follow up with ...

Old Testament/New Testament in 20 Minutes Sermon Series


Rev. Bill Burch at Cartersville UMC recently did a two week sermon series on the Old and New Testament. He shares his sermon plan and resources below. A Note From Bill Burch: The OT/NT in 20 minutes was a two weeks series. There were 3 parts to each week: 1) A handout in the bulletin with background information 2) An explanatory part of the "sermon" that we staged earlier in the service that gave an overview of the OT or NT 3) The "sermon" was a retelling of the OT/NT in story form (All of ...

Devozine and devoted2youth


the devozine story devozine® is a devotional lifestyle magazine (devozine for short!) designed just for youth and published by The Upper Room® in Nashville, Tennessee. devozine is written by teenagers and by adults who work with and care about teens. The magazine was launched in 1996 after a small group of teens in South Dakota challenged the church to come up with a magazine "just for them." Read about devozine's beginnings in an article from our very first issue. devozine's purpose is to ...

Pre-Retirement Seminar


Active clergy of the North Georgia Conference are invited to a Pre-Retirement Seminar on Thursday, January 7, at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. This program is targeted to those nearing retirement eligibility. If you are 58 years old or older or have 26 years of service or more in the United Methodist Church, you may be eligible to retire soon. Paula Whitbeck from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits, a Social Security representative, Karen Fullerton and others will ...

Career Ministry Best Practices Conference


How are you helping those in your community that are looking for work?The jobless rate in Georgia for the fifth consecutive month is in double digits. We continue to hear stories of strangers, friends, family, and church family who are being laid off their jobs. Naturally the pinch is also being felt in our churches and many churches are letting staff people go.  It is a stressful time for many and people need a word of hope. In response to this time, The Office of Connectional Ministries, ...

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