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Advent outreach tools from UMCOM

Boy with Nigerian nativity set

Advent is six weeks away. It’s not too late to order resources to reach out to your congregation and community during this 2018 holiday season.

Recruit some virtual volunteers

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Even when they can’t be physically present, there are people who would love to lend a hand in cyber service. Make a plan and start recruiting virtual volunteers today.

Coming soon … Trunk or Treat!

Car in a Trunk of Treat event

Four weeks and Halloween is here. Local churches can get in on the fun by reaching out to their communities with Trunk or Treat.

Wireless microphone changes ahead

Wireless microphones with ipad

Alert! Do your wireless microphones operate in the 600 MHz band? You will soon need to replace your present equipment.

Involving young people in stewardship

Young man making payment online

In a “Leading Ideas” feature, Ian Urriola outlines four ways churches can foster a culture of generosity among young people.

Raising deaf awareness, opening hearts

Woman doing sign language interpretation at General Conference 2016

The Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. offers tips for how churches can offer grace and hospitality to deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

A recipe for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie

With the help of the internet, explore these ways to create some new Thanksgiving traditions in your congregation and community.

50 ways to better stewardship

Church offering plate.

A healthy frame of mind, a good ask, and awareness of the “giving pyramid” of the congregation are all essential elements in an effective stewardship campaign.

7 preaching shifts happening right now

Computer and coffee

Consultant Carey Nieuwhof  observes while today’s culture is changing, many preachers are using a method that’s been around for centuries. 

Power tips for women leaders

Woman leading group

Susan Beaumont says power accrues more easily to men than women, so women must learn how to use their power.