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.
Faith Sharing
The Rev. Henry Masters (right) confers with “Simon of Cyrene: The Musical” cast members Faith Griffin (center) and Brianna Williams during an April 4 rehearsal at Dallas’ Hamilton Park United Methodist Church. UM News photo by Sam Hodges.

Pastor puts on musical about Simon of Cyrene

The Rev. Henry Masters continues his exploration of Black church history with a full-length musical about the African man compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.
Pastor Tim Jackson serves Holy Communion at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Knoxville church banks on outreach

Magnolia Avenue United Methodist focuses on community outreach as its new pastor fights to revive the once-thriving church, which shut down after its building was condemned.
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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