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Plan a beautiful movie night

Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” comes to theaters near you on November 22. Its message about kindness can impact the life of your congregation and your community.

Generosity is a two-way street

Centenary kitchen fills plates with generosity

Jesus demonstrated generosity. He fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. Community Dinners at Centenary UMC also have a way of multiplying so that many are fed.

Seeing is believing

Seeing classic art like this mosaic in Israel

People learn in different ways. Glenn Wagner, a visual learner, talks about seeing many powerful ways that faith comes alive as he visits United Methodist churches across Michigan.

16 ways to thank your pastor

Pastor LuAnn Rourke with the children of Port Huron First UMC

Pastor Appreciation Month is not the only time to honor and thank those who serve you and your congregation. Consider these ways to share your gratitude year-round, day by day.

When autumn leaves start to fall

Small child in leaves

Michigan trees are ablaze with colored leaves. Soon those leaves will be on the ground. Here’s an idea that helps make clean-up holy.

Costumes for Kiddos a treat

Children in Halloween costumes

The question of the season is, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” Costumes for Kiddos is a ministry that provides an answer for some families in the neighborhood.  

Children’s ministry tools available

Christmas is coming. Here are children's ministry ideas.

The Rev. Kathy Pittenger, Michigan Conference Children’s Initiatives Coordinator, publishes a monthly newsletter to enhance your ministries. Have you subscribed?

Enneagram opens spiritual doors

Man walks toward doors

Assessment tools like Myers-Briggs and DiSC help people grow in self-understanding. Enneagram is an ancient process that opens spiritual doors and deepens faith.

Coaches keep dreams alive

right questions are key to dreams

Coaches training begins next week. This is a great opportunity to enhance your personal and professional life while helping others by asking deep-diving questions to encourage new perspectives.

Elders under age 35 keep dropping

Jarrod Caltrider, a clergyman under 35

Lewis Center for Church Leadership reports the number of U.S. elders under age 35 has declined for three straight years.

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