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Creating a narrative budget

move beyond a pie chart to a narrative budget

Church finance expert Bonnie Ives Marden shares a step-by-step process of creating a narrative budget, a powerful and effective tool for stewardship, evangelism, and marketing. 

Why I take my kids to church

Children in church with their parents.

A busy mother talks about why she and her kids overcome the temptation to be “Mattress Methodists” on Sunday morning.

Yes, you can be a camper, too!

A bunny can be a camper, too. Fun at Grand Camp.

Michigan has five United Methodist church camp and retreat sites for a camper of any age.  Learn what’s happening for you, your family, and friends.

Building hope in our rural communities

Farm in rural Indiana

Back from a national training event, the Rev. Peggy Paige, a newly certified Rural Chaplain, is now ready to serve to foster health in rural communities of Michigan.

A prayer for the classrooms

Children back to school classrooms

A new school year can be exciting or scary–or both. Help make that transition easier by praying and giving thanks for the people in our schools and classrooms.

Bible women teach about leadership

Jesus speaks with tow women, Mary and her sister Martha

This episode of Leading Ideas Talks features a conversation with Carla Works about the leadership lessons inspired by biblical women.

A lineman named Jesus

lineman working on power lines

The Rev. Glenn Wagner calls Jesus “a lineman,” and invites us to grasp the power of Christ’s sacrificial love and  revolutionary practice of forgiveness.

Beyond friendly to hospitable

Children's Moment at Royal Oak First UMC

“Not many friendly churches are truly hospitable,” says Caleb Williams. “When it comes to modern church-shoppers, friendly doesn’t cut it anymore.”

BBQ goes whole hog with God

Men in kitchen working on bbq

Jarrod Davis says, “I’m pretty sure I learned more about church at a BBQ pit than I did at seminary.” Here are his memories of  Ebenezer UMC in North Carolina.

Called to keep the light

Grand Haven lighthouse

Everyone has a favorite hymn or two. Kay DeMoss shares the story of one she loves; a piece of Great Lakes’ history that continues to challenge and inspire us today.

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