Deeply desiring outreach ministry to their community, Rhyne Memorial UMC in Red Springs, NC, utilized the Living the Word program to help reach their goal. Living the Word is specifically designed ... Continue Reading→
Celebrate: Reflections & Stories
Sometimes we think we don't have what it takes to do what we need, and want, to do. Jesus asks us to identify what we already have and let him multiply it for the building of his church.
In the stories below you'll see how our partnerships and resources help pastors and laity discover and embrace the future that God is giving them.
In the spring of 2011 the leadership of Fletcher's Chapel UMC in Durham was told that if nothing changed, they probably had ten or fifteen years of viability. This church, founded in 1825 to be a ... Continue Reading→
The Rev. Patricia Patton (Stokes UMC) and the Rev. Ron Elkins (Robersonville UMC) were both part-time ministers in small communities who had been at their appointments for two years. Both ... Continue Reading→
"One of the problems the rural church faces is the tendency to feel isolated," she said. "Coaching helped this congregation realize that it is part of a larger connection. Bath is a small church ... Continue Reading→
An inner-city congregation, the church was entertaining the idea of moving from Guess Road to a suburban location, but a search committee had not located a suitable site. That may have been ... Continue Reading→