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A volunteer holds an umbrella for a woman at Crosspoint, a United Methodist church in Niceville, Fla. Ninety percent of the congregation at its South Crestview campus volunteers in some capacity. Video image courtesy of Crosspoint via Vimeo by UM News.

Volunteerism is a priority at Florida church

More than 90% of church attendees at the South Crestview location of Crosspoint, a United Methodist Church in Florida, do volunteer work, motivated by an associate pastor with endless enthusiasm for ministry.
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A congregation of seven sings during worship at Oakton United Methodist Church outside Clinton, Ky. Pastor Laura Vincent plays the piano behind the altar. Small, rural churches struggled through the coronavirus pandemic, but many of them are now enjoying the return to in-person services and looking to the future.

Rural churches emerging from coronavirus

Small, rural churches struggled through the coronavirus pandemic, but many of them are now enjoying the return to in-person services and looking to the future.
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Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

Church must tackle its real estate crisis

The United Methodist Church has significant property holdings, but lack of a strategy for handling them poses a financial threat to the denomination.
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Members of Centenary UMC in Metuchen, New Jersey, celebrate diversity and the love of God through service and community. Photo courtesy of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How may United Methodists observe Heritage Months?

Because most United Methodist congregations in the US are mono-ethnic, it's important for them to take care when observing history or heritage months of races and cultures different from theirs.

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