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Zach Bechtold (left) and the Rev. David Petty play a game of MLB The Show, streaming it live and engaging people who are viewing it in the chat section. The game is part of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming in Colorado Springs, Colo. Crossfire has grown to about 1,400 members on various platforms including Facebook. Photo courtesy of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming.

Moving ministries from idea to fruition

Good ideas are hard to find, but taking an idea and turning it into a fleshed-out ministry is even more difficult. In the Mountain Sky Conference, a two-and-a-half-day workshop dubbed Hatchathon seeks to fill the gap.
Church Growth
The Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck. Photo courtesy of the author.

Kedging our way toward a hopeful future

The Holy Spirit is inspiring a rise in “fresh expressions of church” that offer innovative settings for engaging followers of Christ.
Local Church
Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, Mich., plans to tell the Easter story with live animals at a city park on April 16. Last year, the church held a similar event on church property. Like many congregations, Dexter expects to draw more Easter visitors now that COVID-19 is at a low ebb. 2021 file photo courtesy of Cathy Hunter, Dexter United Methodist Church.

Churches gear up for Easter revival

Congregations prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year as COVID is at a low ebb and new research shows people’s increased interest in visiting a United Methodist church.
Church Growth
Carrie La Ferle and the Rev. O. Wesley Allen Jr. are co-authors of the book "Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial: Lessons from Advertising for the Pulpit." La Ferle is the Marriott Endowed Professor of Ethics and Culture at the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University. Allen is a United Methodist elder and the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at SMU's Perkins School of Theology. Their book is the first in a series that seeks to show how other disciplines can offer insights for preachers. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

What preachers can learn from Lean Cuisine

SMU professors collaborate on book titled ‘Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial,’ drawing on advertising campaigns to show how sermons can be better crafted.

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