Proponents of the "Traditional" Way Forward model argue that the UMC should forego social justice for "pure evangelism," while progressives see the two as inextricably linked yet they often don't follow through on the linkage. more

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Over the years, the Church has used the word Evangelism to describe a narrow and set of practices, and that failure to live out the Gospel, instead of just proclaiming it, has made the church irrelevant, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Santa and Baby Jesus

What matters most about the approaching Nativity is what we do when we leave the manger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Practicing Faith

Real evangelism follows Jesus' model of listening to each person's need to bring the Good News, not creating a "caught" situation where people can be "taught," as in the advertising model, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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We don't share the gospel of Jesus Christ well because we've attached so many dishonorable motives and dumb ideas to the concept of evangelism, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The collaborative blog UM & Global recommends a series of webinars on evangelism today, produced by the World Council of Churches. more

Local Church

Discipleship Ministries' report on its Path 1 church planting program proposes to begin a new United Methodist congregation every day for the next four years. more

Local Church

As the 2016 General Conference draws to a close, the Rev. Dan R. Dick writes of what he hopes will come for the future of The United Methodist Church. more

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Minnetonka UMC Pride

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A suburban Minneapolis congregation finds itself spiritually and physically renewed by committing itself to full inclusion through the Reconciling movement. more

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Eunice Mathews

A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose

One of the 20th century's outstanding missionary figures, Eunice Jones Mathews had a significant ministry paralleling those of her evangelist father and bishop husband. more

In the Church

John Wesley Preaching

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Discipleship Ministries will hold what is believed to be the first ecumenical conference in North America on the meaning and practice of Christian evangelism in the 21st century. more

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Crazy Christian

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

Many Christians have a hard time discussing their faith with others, so the Rev. Richard L. Bryant offers four suggestions for getting past that barrier. more

Practicing Faith

John Wesley Preaching

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Faced with cultural and church resistance to a fully rounded gospel message, the Rev. Dan R. Dick encourages United Methodists to remain committed to mission, evangelism and social justice as our Christian identity and purpose. more

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There's more to inviting people into the body of Christ than a welcome at the door, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, and the "spiritual but not religious" are letting churches know what they are. more


Rome, GA Banner

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One photo tells the story of First UMC of Rome, Ga. more


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Where others seem an emptiness void of religious faith, the Rev. Jeremy Smith sees a ripe mission field to introduce Jesus Christ. more

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It's cold outside and inside the Church, says the Rev. Tim McClendon, but there's a sure way to warm things up -- a renewed, transforming emphasis on Jesus. more

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The current trend of giving up social media for Lent isn't as good as it might sound, because it takes Christians out of one of today's busiest and most fertile fields of evangelism, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Where Shall I Go to Church?

Illustration Courtesy of Christy Thomas

Professional "mystery worshiper" Christy Thomas stresses a truth of today's world: A church's website is now its "front door" and needs to serve a welcoming function. more

Christy Thomas

A proposal from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference to hand out communion at train stations has the Rev. Drew McIntyre countering with ideas that don't violate United Methodist doctrines. more

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