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New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

9/3/2020
A new advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions.
Reimagining creative, safe yet socially distant holiday celebrations

Reimagining creative, safe yet socially distant holiday celebrations

9/3/2020
"With the number of coronavirus cases across the country, fall and winter holiday celebrations are likely to look very different this year. Adjust your church plans now for fall festivals, Halloween and Christmas. With a little creativity you can create celebrations that are fun and safe. Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing."
7 tips to engage your virtual community during in-person worship

7 tips to engage your virtual community during in-person worship

9/2/2020
We can all learn and grow from our virtual worship experiences. As in-person worship becomes more frequent, we want to share some creative ways your church can merge your virtual and physical worship communities.
Engaging Zoomed Out Youth

Engaging Zoomed Out Youth

9/2/2020
Are you struggling to keep young people engaged online? Join Sarah Leer and youth from her congregation to talk about how they keep online connections fresh and fun, but also how they engage each other safely offline in this season of life. Tuesday, September 2, 7 p.m. EST
Mission Beyond COVID: Asian Americans, COVID-19, and Race

Mission Beyond COVID: Asian Americans, COVID-19, and Race

9/2/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic in the Unites States has been associated with an increase in discrimination against Asian Americans. How is the church responding to this form of racism? How do these anti-racist efforts intersect with the anti-racist efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement? What have been other significant features of the Asian American community's experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? On September 17, at 10 a.m. EST, join Dr. Eleazar Fernandez, President of Union Theological Seminary of the Philippines, Dr. David Scott, Mission Theologian at Global Ministries, and others to discuss these important questions.
Online and Virtual Gatherings: Inclusion for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Members

Online and Virtual Gatherings: Inclusion for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Members

9/2/2020
"Just about all churches have persons with hearing loss, a condition that is particularly true of seniors. In-person gatherings typically use public address systems as assistive technology, but online or live streamed worship services present challenges to ensure that persons with hearing loss can hear through computers, iPads, and laptops. We will look at several options to ensure that everyone can participate."
Producing your own virtual choir video from start to finish

Producing your own virtual choir video from start to finish

9/2/2020
Many virtual choirs debuted out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring and comforting people during a difficult time. As I write, many of us are still practicing distance worship. Even after this crisis ends and potential weather-related closings begin, churches will benefit from having learned the steps to produce a virtual choir.
Stepping up your virtual worship game

Stepping up your virtual worship game

9/2/2020
Even as many churches return to in-person worship, virtual worship is here to stay, which makes investing in the experience a worthwhile task. Here are some resources to help as you look to up-level your virtual worship experience.
The Foyer Moved: Training Digital Volunteers

The Foyer Moved: Training Digital Volunteers

9/2/2020
"In a lot of small to medium churches, the digital platform is managed by a volunteer, a pastor, or someone on staff, but they are given a hundred other duties to do so social media and the online experience are not a priority...choosing the right set of volunteers to engage digitally is important."
COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?

COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?

9/1/2020
We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how the Conference can best support you at this time.
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