Radical Hospitality

re:Vision - BBQ Bob Blues Festival


By Rev. Theresa Coleman On September 9 Walnut Grove UMC will host “Barbeque Bob” Blues Festival, a free concert to honor famous Atlanta blues musician Robert Hicks, better known as Barbecue Bob (September 11, 1902 – October 21, 1931). The concert will feature performers Funky Bluester, Mudcat and Jontavious Willis. We hope this if the first of what will become an annual event.  Our church is partnering with the Atlanta Blues Society and the Killer Blues Headstone Project. The featured ...

re:Vision - Serving God, Serving Neighbor at Ariel Bowen UMC


  By Rev. Arundel Hope Thursday, July 20, was a day filled with anxiety, excitement, anticipation, relief and fulfillment in the life of Ariel Bowen Memorial United Methodist Church.  Pulling into the church parking lot, it was running over with TV cameras, reporters, government officials, community leaders, church members and local residents, everyone eagerly awaiting a truck load of fans to be distributed to neighbors, especially seniors, in the community.  These fans are to relieve the ...

Why I’ll Never Look at a Bar of Soap the Same Way Again

Guest Blogger


Nov. 10-16 is Guest Blogger Week at The Conference has invited leaders of Action Ministries to write about hunger issues and how NGUMC churches can and are making a difference! They'll be posting all week and you are invited to share the messages with your own church and community. Follow along on social media by using #‎ngumcHungerAction. Why I’ll Never Look at a Bar of Soap the Same Way Again By Rebecca Wicker Guest Blogger I’d been working at Action Ministries for about a year, ...

Ways to Meet Your Community: From St. Paul Grant Park


"Everyone said that Halloween trick or treating was huge in the Grant Park neighborhood. So we had the idea that we could open the church fellowship hall up as a Halloween Hospitality station. We recruited eight adults who did not have children, and asked them to be Halloween Hosts. We all dressed up in costume (the pastor was a Starbucks barista) and we did some minor decorating, simple orange and black streamers and three pumpkins. A new member here, a graphic artist, designed and made street ...

Meeting Scheduling Made Eas(ier)!


How many emails and phone calls does it take to schedule a meeting? If your experience has been like mine over the last few weeks, the answer is: way too many! Everyone is so busy that it's almost impossible to find a time that works for everyone. Why not cut down on some of the back and forth by using one of the online scheduling services to help you find the perfect time to have your meeting? Here are two great (and free) websites that can help: Doodle: When2Meet: http://...

McKendree UMC's 'Great Expectations'


As soon as a family at McKendree UMC shares that they are expecting a new baby, they are given a card to fill out for the "Great Expectations" bulletin board. Information on the card includes: parents names, sibilings names, baby's sex, due date, and possible names. Once the baby is born, the nursery council coordinates meal delivery for the famiy and delivers the baby a blanket that has been prayed over. They update the bulletin board with birthday and baby stats. Finally, the nursery ...

Ministry to keep College Students Connected to the Church


Covington First UMC does a good job of keeping the congregation connected to college students! A bulletin board has pictures of the students and which college they're attending.

Sugar Hill's Creative Holywood and Walk of Biblical Stars


Another creative way to connect with children at Sugar Hill UMC!

Advent Door Hangers


Will Zant, pastor at North Springs UMC, had a great idea for getting the word out about Advent services at the church -- door hangers.

Insights into congregational life


The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is one of the largest and most representative profile of worshipers and their congregations ever developed in the United States. Among other things, the survey asked worshipers who began attending their congregation in the past five years how they first found out about the church before they visited. The biggest draw? A personal invitation!  Read more about the survey at:

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